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Soviet Modernism 1955-1991: Unknown History

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Publisher Comments:

To nonspecialists outside Eastern Europe, Soviet architecture conjures up vast, gray cityscapes of monotonous Brutalistbuildings, all created with utility rather than style in mind. This widely held impression glosses over the many stunning works created during the Soviet era and the diversity of architecture throughout the Soviet region.

Soviet Modernism 1955andndash;1991 seeks to correct pervasive opinions on Soviet architecture by exploring and documenting buildings throughout the former Eastern Bloc. Poor construction techniques and a lack of funding for conservation mean that these buildings are rapidly decaying. The Vienna Centre of Architectureand#160; (Az W)is creating a comprehensive inventory of the notable architecture from fourteen different former Soviet republics. The volume begins with an introduction to the period and an overview of the relationship between Moscow and the other city centers found in the region. The book is then organized geographically into four chapters: the Baltic States, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. Each country is represented by a factsheet, which gives a brief account of its national history, a research and travel report by a member of Az W, and a scholarly essay by a local expert.

More than four hundred buildings are represented in over eight hundred images, making Soviet Modernism 1955andndash;1991 impressively complete and stunningly illustrated. Essays outside the country profiles cover topics such as Soviet urban planning and typologies found throughout these regions.

About the Author

The Vienna Centre of Architectureand#160;(Az W) is a publicly funded institution with the mission to present and document modern and contemporary Austrian and international architecture. Since its opening in 1993, Az W has gained international recognition for its work and exhibitions.

Table of Contents

Preface: Soviet Modernism. 1955and#8211;1991

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Dietmar Steiner

Introduction: Unknown Histories

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Katharina Ritter, Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair, Alexandra Wachter

The Soviet Union and Its Nations

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Andreas Kappeler

THEand#160;BALTIC

On the Baltic

Baltic Modernisms

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Mart Kalm, Estonia

The Architectresses

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Maija Rudovska and Iliana Veinberga, Latvia

Inventing a Social Ritual: Funeral Homes in Lithuania

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Marija Drand#279;maitand#279; and Vaidas Petrulis, Lithuania

EASTERNand#160;EUROPE

The Lack of Tradition as Tradition

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Anatolie Gordeev, Moldova

On Ukraine

and#8216;Scientifically Justified Artistic Consciousness.and#8217; Artists and Architects in Late-Soviet Ukraine. A Case Study

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Oleksiy Radynski, Ukraine

On Belarus

Architecture of the BSSR: Texture of the Standardized

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Dimitrij Zadorin, Belarus

CAUCASUS

On Armenia

An Architecture of Paradoxical Shifts

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Ruben Arevshatyan, Armenia

On Azerbaijan

and#8216;Baku Modernismand#8217;

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Rasim Aliyev, Axerbaijan

On Georgia

and#8216;Everybodyand#8217;s Favoriteand#8217;

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Rusudan Mirzikashvili, Georgia

CENTRALand#160;ASIA

On Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

Ghost of a Garden City

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Yuliya Sorokina, Kazakhstan

A Short-Lived Revival

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Gamal Bokonbaev, Kyrgyzstan

On Uzbekistan

Building the and#8216;Living Eastand#8217;

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Boris Chukhovich, Uzbekistan

On Tajikistan and Turkmenistan

On the Empireand#8217;s Periphery

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Rustam Mukimov, Tajikistan

Homo Liber: Abdullah Akhmedov in Ashgabat

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Ruslan Muradov, Turkmenistan

and#8216;The Soviet Union Is an Enormous Construction Siteand#8217;

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Elke Beyer

Serial Housing Construction in the Soviet Union: An architectural-historical approach

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Philipp Meuser

Creative Salto Mortale: Interview with Felix Novikov by Vladimir Belogolovsky

Biographies

Bibliography

Index of Names

Map of the USSR

Photo Credits

Photo Archive

Product Details

ISBN:
9783906027142
Publisher:
Park Publishing (WI)
Subject:
General Architecture
Author:
Vienna Centre of Architecture
Subject:
ARCHITECTURE / General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20130831
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
602 color plates, 421 halftones
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
11.5 x 10 in

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