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20.11.2012

 

On an architectural quest for national identity. Soviet Modernism 1955–1991 photo book accompanied by entertaining stories (Park Books) and as an exhibition at Architekturzentrum Vienna

Architekturzentrum Vienna explores the remarkable architecture in the non-Russian former Soviet republics between the 1950s and the end of the Soviet Union in 1991. The results, impressive images, facts and stories are collected in the recommendable publication ‘Soviet Modernism 1955–1991’.

The Soviet architecture of the second half of the 20th century is a hitherto largely disregarded area of architecture history, especially because it deals with geographies outside the Russian core republic. The remarkable architecture in the fourteen non-Russian former Soviet republics is explored in great detail for the first time: Baltic States, Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia.

This large scale illustrated book is based on the findings of a research group at Architekturzentrum Wien, who spent the past years in close collaboration with local experts, mapping and analysing Soviet Modernism. Researchers from the East and West were brought together, archives consulted and eye witnesses, whose interesting and often entertaining stories had to date been mostly disregarded, were finally interviewed and much discussion of post modernism followed.

Political and social change is particularly prevalent in Soviet Union housing construction. This is discussed within the context of interviews, sketches and photos.

Time is of the essence as many of the buildings are endangered. First of all in terms of the flawed construction techniques that have caused many building to age prematurely, secondly interest and resources are limited when it comes to maintenance and conservation.

With essays by Rasim Aliyev, Ruben Arevshatyan, Vladimir Belogolovsky, Elke Beyer, Gamal Bokonbaev, Boris Chukhovich, Marija Dremaite, Anatolie Gordeev, Mart Kalm, Andreas Kappeler, Philipp Meuser, Rusudan Mirzikashvili, Rustam Mukimov, Ruslan Muradov, Feliks Novikov, Vaidas Petrulis, Oleksiy Radynski, Katharina Ritter, Maija Rudovska, Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair, Yuliya Sorokina, Iliana Veinberga, Alexandra Wachter, and Dimitij Zadorin.


Soviet Modernism 1955–1991
1st edition, 2012 hardback
360 pages, 634 colour and 388 b/w illustrations
24.5 x 29 cm, ISBN 978-3-906027-14-2
Park Books Zurich

Edited by Architekturzentrum Wien Az W. Complied by Katahrina Ritter, Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair, and Alexandra Wachter. Preface by Dietmar Steiner.

Soviet Modernism 1955–1991 exhibition
8 November 2012 – 25 March 2013
Architekturzentrum Wien
Museumsplatz 1/Stiege 1
A-1070 Vienna

Sowjetmoderne 1955–1991 (Park Books)

Sowjetmoderne 1955–1991 (Park Books)

Sowjetmoderne 1955–1991 (Park Books)

Sowjetmoderne 1955–1991 (Park Books)

Sowjetmoderne 1955–1991 (Park Books)

Sowjetmoderne 1955–1991 (Park Books)

Sowjetmoderne 1955–1991 (Park Books)

Sowjetmoderne 1955–1991 (Park Books)

Sowjetmoderne 1955–1991 (Park Books)

Sowjetmoderne 1955–1991 (Park Books)

Sowjetmoderne 1955–1991 (Park Books)

Sowjetmoderne 1955–1991 (Park Books)

Sowjetmoderne 1955–1991 (Park Books)

Sowjetmoderne 1955–1991 (Park Books)

Sowjetmoderne 1955–1991 (Park Books)

Sowjetmoderne 1955–1991 (Park Books)

Sowjetmoderne 1955–1991 (Park Books)

Sowjetmoderne 1955–1991 (Park Books)