Return to the Center?
August 22, 2017

On August 22, 2017, at 7.00 pm Florian Urban gave the lecture on "The New Tenement – Architecture an the Return to the Inner City." Lecture was a part of the lecture and discussion program "Sykhiv by Night."

Venue: Dovzhenko cinema (Chervona Kalyna square, 81). Entrance is free.

Living in the city centre is more popular than ever. This development is related to urban regeneration, to a thriving discourse on the positive qualities of the city, and in particular to "new tenements" – dense, multi-storey buildings that have been built in the inner city in recent decades. The talk will relate new tenements to the genesis of the "post-industrial city" - a city of information exchange rather than industrial production, of individual expression rather than mass culture, and of conspicuous difference rather than egalitarianism. Examples will be taken from Berlin, Copenhagen, Glasgow, Rotterdam, and Vienna.

Lecture was hold in English with a simultaneous translation to Ukrainian

Florian Urban is Professor and Head of History of Architectural / Urban Studies at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of the Arts in Berlin, an MA in Urban Planning from UCLA and a Ph.D. in History and Theory of Architecture from MIT. He is the author of "Tower and Slab – Histories of Global Mass Housing" (Abingdon: Routledge, 2012). His recent work on the dense residential architecture of the "return to the inner city" since 1970 in several European cities will be published in his forthcoming book "The New Tenement – Residences in the Inner City since 1970" (Abingdon: Routledge, 2017).

"Sykhiv by Night" is a public program for general audiences. It is related to two other projects of the Center for Urban History: the summer school "Sykhiv: Spaces, Memories, Practices" and the research project "Imagined and Experienced: Planned Districts in Late Socialism and Beyond."