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Baltic Modernism: Architecture and Housing in Soviet Lithuania

Author/EditorDremaite, M (Author)
Publisher: DOM Publishers
ISBN: 9783869224701
Pub Date03/04/2017
BindingPaperback
Pages320
Dimensions (mm)230(h) * 210(w)
This richly illustrated monograph discusses the post-war modernist architecture in the Soviet Lithuania, which, together with other Baltic republics, has been seen as exceptional, appropriating Western cultural models much faster and with greater passion, and was labelled "the Soviet West." Nevertheless, the matter of identifying the specific archi
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This richly illustrated monograph discusses the post-war modernist architecture in the Soviet Lithuania, which, together with other Baltic republics, has been seen as exceptional, appropriating Western cultural models much faster and with greater passion, and was labelled "the Soviet West." Nevertheless, the matter of identifying the specific architectural traits that distinguished modernism in the Baltic region from that of other Soviet republics is not a simple exercise, and the specifics of analysing Soviet modernism clearly require a socio-political approach. In this book, research of Soviet Lithuanian architecture relies on the relationship between the official planning discourse and local social practice, and the wide range of historical actors in planning practices.

This richly illustrated monograph discusses the post-war modernist architecture in the Soviet Lithuania, which, together with other Baltic republics, has been seen as exceptional, appropriating Western cultural models much faster and with greater passion, and was labelled "the Soviet West." Nevertheless, the matter of identifying the specific architectural traits that distinguished modernism in the Baltic region from that of other Soviet republics is not a simple exercise, and the specifics of analysing Soviet modernism clearly require a socio-political approach. In this book, research of Soviet Lithuanian architecture relies on the relationship between the official planning discourse and local social practice, and the wide range of historical actors in planning practices.

Dr. Marija Dremaite, is an associate professor at Vilnius University, Faculty of History, Department of Theory of History and Cultural History. She holds a PhD in History of Architecture (2006), her scientific interest is focused on Soviet modernism, twentieth century architecture, and industrial heritage. She investigates political planning and architecture in the Soviet Baltic States. In 2011 she received post-doctoral grant from the Lithuanian research council for research about modernist architecture in Lithuania. She has given numerous presentations about socialist modernism at international conferences.

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