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Author Hatherley, Owen, author.

Title Landscapes of communism : a history through buildings / Owen Hatherley.

Publication Info. New York : The New Press, 2016.


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 Simsbury Public Library - Non Fiction  720.947 HATHERLEY    Check Shelf
Description 613 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Summary "When communism took power in Eastern Europe it remade cities in its own image, transforming everyday life and creating sweeping boulevards and vast, epic housing estates in an emphatic declaration of a noncapitalist idea. The regimes that built them are now dead and long gone, but from Warsaw to Berlin, Moscow to postrevolutionary Kiev, the buildings remain inhabited, populated by people whose lives were scattered by the collapse of communism. Landscapes of Communism is a journey of historical discovery, plunging us into the lost world of socialist architecture. Recalling the work of W.G. Sebald and Rebecca Solnit, Owen Hatherley, a brilliant, witty, young urban critic shows how power was wielded in these societies by tracing the sharp, sudden zigzags of official communist architectural style: the superstitious despotic rococo of high Stalinism, with its jingoistic memorials, palaces, and secret policemen's castles; East Germany's obsession with prefabricated concrete panels; and the metro systems of Moscow and Prague, a spectacular vindication of public space that went further than any avant-garde ever dared. Throughout his journeys across the former Soviet empire, Hatherley asks what, if anything, can be reclaimed from the ruins of Communism--what residue can inform our contemporary ideas of urban life? "-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Communism and architecture -- Europe, Eastern -- History.
ARCHITECTURE -- History -- Contemporary (1945- )
HISTORY -- Europe -- Former Soviet Republics.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Ideologies -- Communism & Socialism.
ARCHITECTURE -- Criticism.
ISBN 9781620971888 (hardback)
1620971887 (hardback)
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