(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Overcrowding and ‘underoccupancy’ in Romania : a case study of housing inequality

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

SOAITA A.M. (1) ;
(1) Centre for Housing Research, Univ., St Andrews, ROYAUME-UNI


This paper examines aspects of space consumption (overcrowded or underoccupied) in two very different housing types: the communist mid-rise estates and postcommunist suburban self-built housing in the city of Pitesti, Romania. The analysis documents the continued salience of overcrowding in the communist estates and, conversely, self-builders’ satisfaction with the generous size of their new homes. Market forces permit various modes of residential mobility, but their likely outcome is growing housing inequality while any redistributive impact will remain insignificant unless policy incentives could facilitate conversion of underoccupied space into (social) renting housing. However, only a sustained delivery of larger and affordable new dwellings could alleviate overcrowding


Article of periodic

published at : Environment & planning A / ISSN 0308-518X

Editor : Pion, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1974)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 46, no1 [pp. 203-221]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.

Collation : 4 fig., 6 tabl., 2 ill.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 15583 A

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