This wide-ranging book examines the worlds most significant large-scale housing complexes, which point the way for the future of housing design. The seventy residential complexes featured here are recognized as architectural milestones, embodying forward-thinking attitudes towards urban planning. This book chronicles the evolution of these structures, revealing how each best represented its eras goals: housing a new society in the 1920s and 30s; the 40s and 50s leap toward functionality and the future; the high-density urban projects of the 60s and 70s; and diversity and environmental awareness in the 80s and 90s. It also looks at this centurys most progressive developments: Beijings Looped Hybrid, a city within a city; Indias Aranya township, which provides housing for impoverished residents; and the environmentally friendly Solaire Apartments in Manhattan, among others. As todays cities face myriad global challenges, this book provides ample food for thought for anyone concerned with socially responsible architecture.