Funerals of the Thaw: Fight With Modernist Architecture as a Symptom

Funerals of the Thaw: Fight With Modernist Architecture as a Symptom

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Nikolay Malinin, Kateryna Honcharova

August, 28, 2015 / 7.00 pm

Ratusha Restaurant (Rynok Sq. 1), Lviv

An architecture critic and cofounder of "Made in Future" magazine Nikolay Malinin will join the educational project "Days of Modernism at City Hall" and reflect upon any direct link between the condition of Modernist architecture in Russia and their national policy.

Modernist architecture in Russia loses so much these days that the process can be treated as an apparent, though not quite conscious, fight with the values it embodied. The process did not start today. But in the light of current political changes it looks like the one that should have preceded them. The large-scale demolition of Khrushchov-times architecture implies race for benefits, but one can also see behind the efforts quite manifest dislike of authorities to such its features as cleanliness, simplicity, nakedness, height and emptiness.

Nikolay Malinin

developed a concept for "Made in Future" magazine (Moscow) and an award "House of the Year". He is curator of Architectural Award "АрхіWOOD" (Moscow). Author of the concept for the guide website along the architecture of Moscow since 1989 until present days "Another Moscow". Curator of exhibitions "Another Moscow" (Berlin, AlteStadhaus, 2003), ‘New Wooden’ (Moscow, Museum of Architecture, 2009), "Parallels" (Moscow, Museum of Architecture, 2011), ‘Modern Temporary’ (Moscow, Museum of Modern Art "Garage" , 2012). Author of books "Architecture of Moscow. 1989 – 2009" (2009), "Metropol, a Moscow Legend" (2015).

Kateryna Honcharova

is a Candidate of Architecture, head of section of bibliographical research of the Institute "UkrNDIproektrestavratsiya", Fulbright scholar in 2014-2015. During 10 years she has worked in the field of preservation of architectural heritage and historical places. She also develops projects to preserve some UNESCO World Heritage objects.

With support from German Society for International Cooperation GIZ.