On physical determinism and displacement effects

Sako Musterd and Wim Ostendorf

in Restructuring large housing estates in Europe

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9781861347756
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303237 | DOI:
On physical determinism and displacement effects

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This chapter examines the issues of physical determinism and displacement effects, focusing on housing-estate restructuring initiatives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. It evaluates the impacts of displacing people from the restructured housing estates, and discusses the relationship between the social and physical character of problems and solutions and the empirical indications that can be found regarding displacement effects of recent restructuring projects in Amsterdam. The findings reveal the emerging vision that large housing estates are able to exist without social problems, and that this vision, which should be realised through physical intervention, lacks adequate empirical support.

Keywords: physical determinism; displacement effects; housing-estate restructuring; Amsterdam; Netherlands

Chapter.  7576 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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