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review Landscapes of Communism ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Idea over the decades with its sharp sudden zigzags of official style from modernism to classicism and back; to 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 daredBut 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 fin. Outside of some specific architectural terms I don t think this book is as impenetrable as some have suggested Hatherley writes well even if he does seem a bit of a prig at times His sympathies obviously lie with socialism and I m inclined to disagree with a few of the concrete efforts he champions but this doesn t make this any less of an enjoyable journey around the former communist states This is going to sound a bit facile but it could do with pictures It s great that a lot of the images are ones he and his girlfriend took or come from old postcards but there are so many structures described that I spent a fair bit of time checking them out on my phone as I was reading

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review Landscapes of Communism ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free '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 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 b. 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 scrupulously detailed tour of communist architecture which includes a selection of black and white images but is largely reliant on detailed descriptions It s both a travelogue and history lesson written in Hatherley s distinctive tone incisive and intermittently waspish Each chapter covers a different category of communism s physical remnants roads housing memorials and so on Although I found the first half enlightening parts of its dragged and it was the second half that proved fascinating Chapter 5 is a definite highlight as Hatherley and I share a taste for grandiose public transport infrastructure I do love reading about the Moscow metro system Also of note was the chapter that followed which discussed the varying approaches to reconstruction taken by devastated Eastern European cities after WWII Hatherley points out that most of what we now consider historic architecture in such cities is not what it seems having been carefully rebuilt by the communists The chapter on memorials contains perhaps the most vividly unsettling descriptions including of Lenin s tomb and the museum devoted to Stalin in his home town as well as some very thought provoking analysis of how the communist past is being rewritten through a lens of nationalismIn short this book is well suited to armchair tourists like me who are interested in the historical significance of architectural aesthetics but don t want the bother of actually travelling to look at structures Perhaps adventurous people than I will be inspired by this book to visit the places it describes I ve mainly been inspired to read about soviet transport infrastructure The book concludes strongly with a comparison of Shanghai s current architecture a vision of capitalist communism in the 21st century Tying up the threads of his history of communism and its buildings Hatherley cites this conceptually intriguing idea about ChinaWhat seems like merely the administration of capitalism by an oligarchy which is the Communist Party in nothing but name is actually a gigantic prolonged version of the New Economic Policy embarked upon by the Bolsheviks throughout the 1920s the use of a dirigiste state planned capitalism to build up productive forces to a level where the population has gone from being poor to being reasonably comfortable after which the Communist Party could take command of this wealth and use it for the building of full communism something which can after all in stage theory only be achieved after the development of a mature industrial capitalism This is at least what Deng Xiaoping always claimed was going on That point reminded me of Red Capitalism The Fragile Financial Foundation of China s Extraordinary Rise which asks What in China isn t a sovereign wealth fund It seems that the history of 20th century communist buildings can still tell us uite a lot about socialism in the 21st century Landscapes of Communism is best appreciated at a leisurely pace as it gives the reader plenty to chew on

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review Landscapes of Communism ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Uildings their most obvious legacy remain populated by people whose lives were scattered and jeopardized by the collapse of communism and the introduction of capitalism Landscapes 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 In exploring what that power was Hatherley shows how much we can understand from surfaces especially states as obsessed with surface as the Soviets were Walking through these landscapes today Hatherley discovers how in contrast to the common dismissal of 'monolithic' Soviet architecture these cities reflect with disconcerting transparency the development of an. Incredibly detailed and full of history and facts Owen Hatherley wrote about communists cities buildings and public spaces I found some chapters too detailed but on the whole loved the descriptions of the places he was describing I would love a book of just the photos all the photos with brief descriptions as a companion to Landscapes of Communism The fascination Hatherley has for these places are evident and his writing is open and enjoyable even if it is crammed full of details


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    (PDF/EPUB) [Landscapes of Communism] characters ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ 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 limited finances he managed to roam uite widely with firsthand impressions of Moscow Berlin K

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    (PDF/EPUB) [Landscapes of Communism] Needs pictures

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    characters ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Owen Hatherley Owen Hatherley ↠ 5 review (PDF/EPUB) [Landscapes of Communism] 45 StarsFrom the Baltic down to the Balkans and Germany out to Georgia this book unfolds like a bleak architectural romance suffused with war hardship and history Among the memorable revelations in here were how female architects were given far power and influence than they were ever allowed in most capitalist countries We also learn all about microrayons and the mysterious K67 kiosks as well as other mind boggling creat

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    (PDF/EPUB) [Landscapes of Communism] Incredibly detailed and full of history and facts Owen Hatherley wrote about communists cities buildings and public spaces I found some chapters too detailed but on the whole loved the descriptions of the places he was des

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    (PDF/EPUB) [Landscapes of Communism] Owen Hatherley ↠ 5 review characters ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Owen Hatherley This is a weighty tome beautifully typeset with correct diactritics and bound with better uality photographs tha

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    characters Landscapes of Communism Owen Hatherley ↠ 5 review characters ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Owen Hatherley A great photo journalistic exhaustively researched look at how communismsocialism has impacted the architecture of a number of countries inclu

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    (PDF/EPUB) [Landscapes of Communism] 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 a

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    characters Landscapes of Communism (PDF/EPUB) [Landscapes of Communism] Outside of some specific architectural terms I don't think this book is as impenetrable as some have suggested Hatherley writes well even if he does seem a bit of a prig at times His sympathies obviously lie with socialism a

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    (PDF/EPUB) [Landscapes of Communism] characters ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Owen Hatherley characters Landscapes of Communism Architecture travelogue politics social history and a heartfelt plea for how cities infrastructure and social spaces can inform a better future Hatherley is an astoundingly insightful and pragmatic writer for one so comparat

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 544
  • Landscapes of Communism
  • Owen Hatherley
  • English
  • 06 March 2018
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