Socialist Modernism Map

Rusu, Dumitru (2018) Socialist Modernism Map. In: ICOMOS 19th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium "Heritage and Democracy", 13-14th December 2017, New Delhi, India. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

Socialist architecture and more precisely the modernist tendencies of the 1955-1991 period, as a concept, are becoming more and more popular in specialists circles. In our case, “Socialist Modernism” is a research platform created by the B.A.C.U. Association. It focuses on modernist trends from Central and Eastern Europe that are insufficiently explored in the broader context of global architecture. Modernism in architecture first arose in Western European capitalist societies, following a series of essential principles such as "form follows function", the use of mass produced materials, the adoption of industrial aesthetics, simplicity and form clarity, the elimination of unnecessary details, etc. In post-war Eastern European socialist countries, on the other hand, modernist trends first influenced the professional sphere, and through that influence they were able to penetrate borders and the limits imposed by the Socialist ideology. In Central and Eastern Europe there are a number of important architectural monuments, mostly from 1955-1991, representative of the post WWII identity of each country and expressing the aspirations of socialist architects. Examples include: the "Romanita" Collective Housing Building- Chisinau, the Buzludzha Memorial - Bulgaria, the Emilia Pavilion – Warsaw, etc.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors:
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Rusu, DumitruUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: Socialist architecture; Modern architecture; interactive map; public awareness; Europe; post war; WWII; soviet
Subjects: D.URBANISM > 02. Urban planning
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 12. Techniques
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 04. Architectural ensembles
L.PRESENTATION AND TRANSMISSION OF HERITAGE > 04. Public awareness
P. GEOGRAPHIC AREAS > 05. Europe
National Committee: ICOMOS
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 19th General Assembly, New Delhi, 2017
Depositing User: intern icomos
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2019 14:10
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2019 14:10
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URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/2034

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