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Building Modern Architecture: “In an Atmosphere of Genuine Creativity,” 1933–1939

Danilo Udovicki-Selb

Danilo Udovicki-Selb holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is Professor of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Soviet Architectural Avant-Gardes : Architecture and Stalin’s Revolution from Above, 1928–1938

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2020

Book chapter

...The difficulty in agreeing what “socialist” realism ought to mean in architecture was compounded by, as previously mentioned, the divergent stylistic preferences of the party’s top leadership, and of the professionals themselves...

Public Privacy in the Soviet Communal Apartment

Socialist Spaces : Sites of Everyday Life in the Eastern Bloc

Berg, 2002

Book chapter

...The communal apartment (kommunalka) was an important feature of everyday life in the Soviet Union as well as being a place that has attracted the attention of foreign scholars interested in the unique forms of Soviet society.S. Boym, Common...

Russia, 988–1475

Christopher Tadgell

Christopher Tadgell is an independent architectural historian based in Kent, England, UK, and author of Routledge’s seven-volume ‘Architecture in Context’ series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture Volume 1

© the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the University of London, 2019

Sir Banister Fletcher chapter

...Slavic tribes – threatened by Huns, Avars and Turks – accepted protection from Vikings (Rus’), whose forts, notably in Novgorod and Kiev, protected river trade between the Black Sea and Baltic. Oleg of Novgorod took Kiev in 882 and traded...

Continuity and Resistance: Designed Before 1932, Completed Down the Decade

Danilo Udovicki-Selb

Danilo Udovicki-Selb holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is Professor of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Soviet Architectural Avant-Gardes : Architecture and Stalin’s Revolution from Above, 1928–1938

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2020

Book chapter

...On April 23, 1932, the Central Committee issued the fateful Postanovlenie “Ob Perestrojke LITHUDORG” (About the Reconstruction of Literary and Artistic Organizations), which targeted the independent art societies, including architecture...

The retro problem

Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson lectures in architectural history at the School of Architecture and Landscape in the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, and has written extensively about Russian architecture. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Second World Postmodernisms : Architecture and Society under Late Socialism

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

Book chapter

...From its first emergence in Soviet architectural discourse, ‘postmodernism’ was a highly contested term. It was unclear whether postmodernism referred to a broad reorganization of professional conventions that could adequately describe...

The Shaping of Architecture Ideology within the Stalinist Project: Unreachable “Proletarian” Architecture Yields to Unattainable “Socialist”

Danilo Udovicki-Selb

Danilo Udovicki-Selb holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is Professor of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Soviet Architectural Avant-Gardes : Architecture and Stalin’s Revolution from Above, 1928–1938

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2020

Book chapter

...Emblematic of the slowness of the efforts to Stalinize architecture, that is, to explain it in terms of an elusive “socialist” realism were the repeated postponements of the First Congress of the Union of Soviet Architects from 1933...