Landscapes of Communism E–book/E–pub


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  1. says: Summary Landscapes of Communism Landscapes of Communism E–book/E–pub Free download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook è Owen Hatherley

    Landscapes of Communism E–book/E–pub I took my time reading ‘Landscapes of Communism’ in part because it’s a weighty tome and therefore inconvenient to take on trains Moreover it is a pretty dense read and perhaps somewhat of an acuired taste I find reading about buildings curiously relaxing for some reason Hatherley takes the reader on a sc

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    Landscapes of Communism E–book/E–pub Owen Hatherley è 0 Read Free download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook è Owen Hatherley 4 stars for interesting content not for clarity and styleFor what might be accurately called “townscapes journalist Owen Hatherley presents a detailed at times indigestible analysis of Soviet era architecture Despite li

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    Landscapes of Communism E–book/E–pub Needs pictures

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    Landscapes of Communism E–book/E–pub 45 StarsFrom the Baltic down to the Balkans and Germany out to Georgia this book unfolds like a bleak architectur

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    Landscapes of Communism E–book/E–pub Summary Landscapes of Communism Incredibly detailed and full of history and facts Owen Hatherley wrote about communists cities buildings and public spaces I found

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    Free download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook è Owen Hatherley Landscapes of Communism E–book/E–pub This is a weighty tome beautifully typeset with correct diactritics and bound with better uality photographs than the author’s previous books but with a word count probably twice as large I enjoyed it but it took me a very long time to read it in contrast to New Ruins and Bleak through which I whizzedThe classification of eight

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    Summary Landscapes of Communism Free download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook è Owen Hatherley Owen Hatherley è 0 Read A great photo journalistic exhaustively researched look at how communismsocialism has impacted the architecture of a number of countries including skyscrapers housing metro stations memorials The photos alone are uite intriguing

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    Landscapes of Communism E–book/E–pub Free download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook è Owen Hatherley I'm probably doing this book a huge disservice if I write that this was one of the most interesting boring books I've ever come across But then again who actually reads reviews from weird blonde randos rather than just glancing the star rating before they decided whether to go for it right?Landscapes of Communism caught my eye in

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    Landscapes of Communism E–book/E–pub Outside of some specific architectural terms I don't think this book is as impenetrable as some have suggested Hatherley writes well e

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    Owen Hatherley è 0 Read Landscapes of Communism E–book/E–pub Architecture travelogue politics social history and a heartfelt plea for how cities infrastructure and social spaces can inform a better future

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Free download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook è Owen Hatherley

Landscapes of Communism

Landscapes of Communism Summary ó 100 Scapes of Communism is an intimate history of twentieth century communist Europe told through its buildings; it is too a book about power and what power does in cities Most of all Landscapes of Communism is a revelatory journey of discovery plunging us into the maelstrom of socialist architecture As we submerge into the metros walk the massive multi lane magistrale and pause at milk bars in the microrayons who knows what we might find. A great photo journalistic exhaustively researched look at how communismsocialism has impacted the architecture of a number of countries including skyscrapers housing metro stations memorials The photos alone are uite intriguing

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Landscapes of Communism Summary ó 100 'In the craven world of architectural criticism Hatherley is that rarest of things a brave incisive elegant and erudite writer whose books dissect the contemporary built environment to reveal the political fantasies and social realities it embodies' Will SelfDuring the course of the twentieth century communism took power in Eastern Europe and remade the city in its own image Ransacking the urban planning of the grand imperial past it. 4 stars for interesting content not for clarity and styleFor what might be accurately called townscapes journalist Owen Hatherley presents a detailed at times indigestible analysis of Soviet era architecture Despite limited finances he managed to roam uite widely with firsthand impressions of Moscow Berlin Kiev during the recent demonstrations on the Maidan the remains of Ceaucescu s Bucharest Warsaw Vilnius even Shanghai to name the main cities visitedEach starting with a relevant uotation the chapters are themed the magistrales or wide boulevards cut through cities to permit state orchestrated demonstrations of power the massive impersonal to the point of being soulless suburban blocks of apartments to house large numbers of workers as fast as possible houses of the people to encourage suitable social activities palatial metros some stations ironically built in Moscow at the height of Stalin s Reign of Terror There is even a chapter on uirky examples of improvisation extra rooms tacked onto the sides of high rise flats and self managed tower blocks in New Belgrade like the Genex resembling two enormous linked grain silos Themes are set in context by an initial introduction on the nature and aims of Soviet architectureI learned a good deal from this book I had not realised how much Soviet styles varied in a relatively short period and liked Paperny s useful if simplistic definition of Culture One Modernism dynamic with horizontal structures low long and linear as opposed to Culture Two Stalinist with its monumental solid massive immovable vertical structures These harked back to past grandeur for the frontages of people s palaces intended as spacious flats for ordinary workers as in East Berlin s flagship project Stalinallee together with major buildings like Moscow State University with their stepped ziggurats and the Socialist Realism of the huge stylised statues of patriotic workersI had not considered how Utopian Soviet planners rejected distinct urban uarters as a survival of obsolete capitalist structures so that individuality was only possible through chance variations in a site Even under Krushchev s less extreme regime decrees led to an International Style extending between the far flung borders with Scandinavia Afghanistan and Japan with identical standardised plans down to the use of the same mass produced doorknobIronically the social condensers constructed to provide under one roof a variety of activities to create good socialist citizens often became rare examples of creative one off architecture such as Melnikov s Rusakov Workers Centre in MoscowI accept that for reasons of economy only small grainy black and white photographs are used but they are often not placed right next to the relevant text Some buildings like the famous Dessau T rten cubic houses of Gropius are described without the inclusion of any photograph at all which is like a radio programme explaining how to make a complicated origami bird Hatherley s prose is a little too leaden to get away with this Key points may be lost in his verbose and sometimes opaue style To cite one small example he writes that Modernists of the interwar period havebecome pejorative for their hostility to the street Does he mean that they became pejorative about the use of streets in urban design or that their hostility to streets has aroused criticism from others The latter include Jonathan Raban who argues that to kill the streetcuts the heart of cities as they are actually used and lived in Hatherley s lack of clarity matters because it is confusing The omission of the construction dates of many developments discussed is also unhelpfulConcepts like Modernism and Constructivism need concise definitions and a glossary of terms and architects would have been useful for reference The book would have been effective with fewer examples each with a better photograph and concise text When I took the trouble to find buildings on Google images I could understand much better what the author was getting at but it is cumbersome to read a book in this way

Free download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook è Owen Hatherley

Landscapes of Communism Summary ó 100 Set out to transform everyday life its sweeping boulevards epic high rise and vast housing estates an emphatic declaration of a non capitalist idea Now the regimes that built them are dead and long gone but from Warsaw to Berlin Moscow to post Revolution Kiev the buildings their most obvious legacy remain populated by people whose lives were scattered and jeopardized by the collapse of communism and the introduction of capitalism Land. This is a weighty tome beautifully typeset with correct diactritics and bound with better uality photographs than the author s previous books but with a word count probably twice as large I enjoyed it but it took me a very long time to read it in contrast to New Ruins and Bleak through which I whizzedThe classification of eight types of buildings and landscapes is inspired and the discussion of each of them with countless examples is comprehensive Clearly the author has done very thorough research I learned a lot about history of the former Soviet Bloc countries The enthusiasm for the metro systems in particular comes across with great verve and the feelings inspired by the various memorials and museums are almost as good as being there oneself I am now inspired to visit some weird and wonderful places well off the tourist trail Also the first person narrative and personal anecdote is entertaining and I would actually have enjoyed of it just like in A New Kind of BleakFor anyone with than a passing interest in the former Soviet Bloc countries which were so mysterious to those of us growing up in the 1970s and 80s I would say that this book is a must read but you ll have to give it a lot of time and attention to get the best from it

  • Paperback
  • 624
  • Landscapes of Communism
  • Owen Hatherley
  • English
  • 21 October 2019
  • 9780141975894