Landscapes of Communism: A History Through Buildings

Landscapes of Communism: A History Through Buildings


When communism took energy in japanese Europe it remade towns in its personal snapshot, remodeling lifestyle and developing sweeping boulevards and immense, epic housing estates in an emphatic announcement of a noncapitalist notion. The regimes that equipped them at the moment are lifeless and gone, yet from Warsaw to Berlin, Moscow to postrevolutionary Kiev, the structures stay, frequently populated through humans whose lives have been scattered by means of the cave in of communism.

Landscapes of Communism is a trip of historic discovery, plunging us into the misplaced global of socialist structure. Owen Hatherley, an excellent, witty, younger city critic exhibits how strength used to be wielded in those societies via tracing the pointy, unexpected zigzags of reputable communist architectural sort: the superstitious despotic rococo of excessive Stalinism, with its jingoistic memorials, palaces, and mystery policemen’s castles; East Germany’s obsession with prefabricated concrete panels; and the metro platforms of Moscow and Prague, a unbelievable vindication of public area that went extra than any avant-garde ever dared. all through his trips around the former Soviet empire, Hatherley asks what, if whatever, may be reclaimed from the ruins of Communism—what residue can tell our modern principles of city life?

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