Apartment blocks (BE) or flats (AE)
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In Eastern Europe you can often see large neighbourhoods built from prefabricated concrete panels. You can see some photos here:
Question 1.: Is there a word in English for this type of neighbourhood?
Question 2.: Does the American English have the same word for this type of neighbourhood like the British English?
Any help will be appreciated.
According to Cambridge Dictionary, it's supposed to be like this :
apartment MAINLY US /əˈpɑːt.mənt/ US /-ˈpɑːrt-/
noun [C] (UK USUALLY flat)
a set of rooms for living in, especially on one floor of a building:
I'll give you the keys to my apartment.
They have six holiday/luxury apartments for sale.
Okay. I guess it's supposed to be like that...
thanks everybody for answering my questions but
the word "apartment" seems to be very general to me.
i thought there may be a word which reflects the "prefabricated, concrete origin" of these apartments...
i really do not know but in czech (where these apartments are) there is definitely a word difference between an apartment from the picture a regular apartment.
Welcome to the forums.
Looking at the photographs, one could call those "social housing" or ""high-rise low-cost residential estate"
There is no term for expressing the material of the building, apart from saying concrete-structured apartment-block/block of flats or prefabricated block of apartments/flats. Material and construction will be discussed in selling details as it may affect the attitude of a mortgage supplier.
Why do you find "apartment" "very general"? In US parlance it is explicit, as "appartement" in French.
here i found the detailed explanation:
Panelák - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
and wikipedia says: “The term panelák refers specifically to buildings in the former Czechoslovakia. However, similar buildings were built ...even in the West.”
so i thought there is a word in english which would cover this phenomenon.
anyway "social housing" is quite near i would say
Projects were built to house the large number of GI's who got married all at once after they came home from WWII. The government subsidizes the cost of living there.
Now most of them are considered to be crime-ridden, pest-infested slums.
However, the term does not include any suggestion of the building material. Many projects were quite well made, with social consciousness in mind, and with a number of clever design elements.
Here's one in New York City that's notorious for crime, I understand