Book presentation

Book presentation "Soviet Modernism. Brutalism. Post-Modernism. Buildings and Structures in Ukraine 1955-1991"

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1.7.2019, 18:30

Center for Urban History, Lviv

Soviet architecture in Ukraine has been rather in vogue abroad. At home, however, it is a different story: due to various political and economic factors and the stigma that is attached to everything Soviet, many buildings from the Soviet period are not being maintained, and are destroyed. A book by Alex Bykov and Ievgeniia Gubkina is an attempt to actualize Soviet Modernism within public and academic discourse of Ukraine. Based on extensive research, the book offers a rethinking of postwar Soviet architecture. Photos by Bykov document the buildings in their current state, while Gubkian’s criticisms and analysis give an unexpected spin to a multifaceted architectural movement placing it into a global, historical, and political context.

The book will be presented by Oleksiy Bykov.

Working language - Ukrainian.

Oleksiy Bykov 

is an architect and photographer. Graduated from Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture (2008), runs private architectural activities. Oleksiy was one of curators of the exhibitions “Superstructure” (2015) and “Market” (2017) on Soviet Modernism in Ukraine. He worked as a freelance journalist in the “Object” Journal of architecture. he is a compiler of the book of Oleksandr Ranchukov “Above the Rooftops” (2016), author and presenter of the radio program “Design Supervision”. Together with Yevhenia Gubkina, he co-authored a book “Soviet Modernism. Brutalism, Post-Modernism. Buildings and Projects in Ukraine 1960-1990” (2018).

Book presentation is a part of the series of public events within the exhibition "Phototecture of Modernism".


Сover Image: Osnovy Publishing

Gallery Image by Iryna Sereda