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Landscapes of Communism characters ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ¿ ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☂ Landscapes of Communism Author Owen Hatherley – Helpyouantib.co.uk 'In the craven world of architectural criticism Hatherley is that rarest of things a brave incisive elegant and erudite writer whose bookIsm 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 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 fi. 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 rightLandscapes of Communism caught my eye in a bookstore mainly due to my own horrendously slow and probably not that awesome anyway writing namely it looked like a nice inspiration for strange locations Now that I'm done with it I can say that it partially worked but also gave me uite a bit This book I imagine would be interesting for either a niche audience of about 5 people in the west that are into this stuff a small crowd that like decent journalism andor writing and finally a lot of people like me that actually come from the eastern Europe and grew up around all the ridiculous stuff the book describes Briefly if you are one of us one of us one of us this book will help you look at where you live or grew up with a completely new eyes enabling you to experience the urban landscape better notice details that escaped you before and lets not forget boring your friends to death with yet another dose of nerdy fun factsWhy do I consider the book boring Ever since I recently made the conscious decision to read nonfiction books I opted for those with events those that told stories wisely assuming that descriptive textbooks would not grab me uite as much and then my reading progress would suffer I'd fail my reading challenge and who wants to live like that Well this book fits the latter category full of concrete plastic revolutionary art concrete facades and concrete it's mostly a descriptive non story overlaid at places with historical remarks and personal notes about how the author and his girlfriend explored all of these locations Yet somehow it works and you enjoy looking at all the weirdness opulence and forced glorification of the simple asking for The chapters in the book cover what seems like a complete or at least a major fraction of the well types of communist architecture The topics remain interesting throughout from the major streets and microrayons at the start of the book through underground railways all the way to the self celebratory monuments Throughout and after reading this book I often felt some kind of nostalgia most probably for the places where I grew up and that are changing uickly making a lot of things I knew disappear Consciously I know this is a good thing cities in the east are getting prettier clean and modern however reading about the weird and abstract art scattered throughout the former communist bloc about milk bars and badly made prefab concrete statues that all brings me back to where I grew up playgrounds I used to play at where most of the euipment was somehow broken the ugly bus stop where I had my first kiss and once in a while one is very much allowed a completely biased trip down the memory lane

Landscapes of CommunismIsm 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 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 fi. 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 rightLandscapes of Communism caught my eye in a bookstore mainly due to my own horrendously slow and probably not that awesome anyway writing namely it looked like a nice inspiration for strange locations Now that I'm done with it I can say that it partially worked but also gave me uite a bit This book I imagine would be interesting for either a niche audience of about 5 people in the west that are into this stuff a small crowd that like decent journalism andor writing and finally a lot of people like me that actually come from the eastern Europe and grew up around all the ridiculous stuff the book describes Briefly if you are one of us one of us one of us this book will help you look at where you live or grew up with a completely new eyes enabling you to experience the urban landscape better notice details that escaped you before and lets not forget boring your friends to death with yet another dose of nerdy fun factsWhy do I consider the book boring Ever since I recently made the conscious decision to read nonfiction books I opted for those with events those that told stories wisely assuming that descriptive textbooks would not grab me uite as much and then my reading progress would suffer I'd fail my reading challenge and who wants to live like that Well this book fits the latter category full of concrete plastic revolutionary art concrete facades and concrete it's mostly a descriptive non story overlaid at places with historical remarks and personal notes about how the author and his girlfriend explored all of these locations Yet somehow it works and you enjoy looking at all the weirdness opulence and forced glorification of the simple asking for The chapters in the book cover what seems like a complete or at least a major fraction of the well types of communist architecture The topics remain interesting throughout from the major streets and microrayons at the start of the book through underground railways all the way to the self celebratory monuments Throughout and after reading this book I often felt some kind of nostalgia most probably for the places where I grew up and that are changing uickly making a lot of things I knew disappear Consciously I know this is a good thing cities in the east are getting prettier clean and modern however reading about the weird and abstract art scattered throughout the former communist bloc about milk bars and badly made prefab concrete statues that all brings me back to where I grew up playgrounds I used to play at where most of the euipment was somehow broken the ugly bus stop where I had my first kiss and once in a while one is very much allowed a completely biased trip down the memory lane

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Landscapes of Communism µ Rial 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 buildings their most obvious legacy remain populated by people whose lives were scattered and jeopardized by the collapse of communism and the introduction of capital. 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 Free download Æ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free è Owen Hatherley

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Owen Hatherley è 5 characters '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 Landscapes of PDF planning of the grand impe. 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 Törten 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