The Socialist City of Uralmash between "Cultural Heritage" and "Utopia": how to Talk about the Architecture of the Avant-Garde Today
Mikhail IlchenkoInstitute of Philosophy and Law, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences
October 8, 2015
Center for Urban History, Lviv
Recently, the avant-garde architecture has become a topic which is increasingly interesting not only for representatives of various research areas, but also for public activists, artists, urbanists, designers and other experts. Buildings from the avant-garde period are considered to be monuments of a historical epoch, urban symbols, artistic images, "memory sites" and new cultural spaces. In such circumstances, a focus on the heritage of avant-garde implies not only and not so much urban solutions but work with meanings and senses this architecture is filled with. In this regard, it is important to understand what types of discourse and ways of speaking about avant-garde architecture have emerged in the public narrative today. The history of constructing the socialist city of Uralmash described by means of various categories – from "the city of the future" to "an unrealized utopia" – supplies ample room for new interpretations and ways of reading avant-garde architecture.
Сover Image: Sverdlovsk, the square of the First Five-Year Plan, Ilyicha street