Complied by Katahrina Ritter, Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair, and Alexandra Wachter.
Preface by Dietmar Steiner
1st edition, 2012
360 pages, 634 color and 388 b/w illustrations
24.5 x 29 cm
While Constructivism and Stalinist architecture are familiar to a specialist audience, knowledge of postwar Soviet Modernism in architecture is very limited. Much of the former Eastern Bloc’s architecture is regarded as monotonous and uninteresting.
Yet a closer look reveals that hardly any linear development of a formal architectural vocabulary can be ascertained.
Each country is covered with a factsheet including also a concise historical overview, a research and travel report and a scholarly essay. Additional essays investigate Soviet urban planning and large-scale housing programs and typologies of large Soviet cities.
A catalogue raisonné of around 400 important buildings, richly illustrated with images and plans, and a bibliography complete the book.
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