CASE STUDIES

Today, there are thousands of modernist farms, hamlets, villages and towns in Europe and beyond, where several million inhabitants live or have lived.
As time passes, buildings and landscapes deteriorate, and the people who lived in them as they developed die out, so that MRL become more increasingly difficult to understand as unique forms of cultural heritage.
The political contexts that made the creation of Modernist Rural Landscapes possible does not exist anymore, but landscapes and their inhabitants are still there to be seen and continue to evolve.
MODSCAPES explores 13 case studies areas across Europe and the neighboring countries:

1

Agricultural new settlements in Cyrenaica, Italian Lybia
(1922-1947)

2

Zionist agricultural colonisation in
British Palestine and Israel
(1920s-1973)

3

Greek-Turkish refugee settlements
(1922-1968)

4

 Forced collectivisation of
Estonia and Latvia
(1944/5-1991)

5

Transformation of the countryside in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) in Mecklenburg-Vorpommen and Brandenburg
(1945-1989)

6

Salazar’s colonisation
of Portuguese common lands
(1920s-mid 1950s)

7

Rural development schemes
in French Morocco
(1920s-1956)

8

Fascist land reforms and reclamations in the Pontine-Marshes
(1922-1943)

9

Fascist land reforms and reclamations in the Apulian tableland
(1922-1943)

10

Soviet collectivization of the countryside in Ukraine
(1944/45-1991)

11

Agricultural new settlements in Tripolitania, Italian Libya
(1922-1947)

12

Francoist colonisation of the
Ebro and Tagus valleys
(1930s-1975)

13

Francoist colonisation of the
Ebro and Tagus valleys
(1930s-1975)