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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

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...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...

The Improbable March to the Congress: “Soviet Architecture Eaten by a Gangrene”

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 Union of Soviet Architects party cell of course did not miss Ginzburg’s determined essay published in the Gazeta two weeks earlier.Arhitekturnaja Gazeta 66, November 27, 1935, p. 3. Quite to the contrary. With the political situation...

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

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...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

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...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...

A Call for the Party to Defend Modern Architecture: Stalin’s “Cultural Revolution” and the Aporia of “Proletarian Architecture”

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

...In 1928, when Stalin ended Lenin’s New Economic Policy (NEP)—a mix of state capitalism and market economySee among others William G. Rosenberg, “NEP Russia as a ‘Transitional’ Society,” in Russia in the Era of NEP: Explorations in Soviet...

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...

Humanizing the living environment and the late socialist theory of architecture

Second World Postmodernisms : Architecture and Society under Late Socialism

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

Book chapter

...In a diagram sketched in 1965, Slovak architect Iľja Skoček outlined the post-war history of housing design in socialist Czechoslovakia as a dialectical succession of three moments (see Figure 2.1). The 1950s were depicted by a monumentally...