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Routledge
29 November 2018
Theory of architecture; History of architecture; The Cold War; Regional geography
The Socialist Life of Modern Architecture is the first systematic architectural history of Romania under socialism written in English. It examines the mechanisms through which modern architecture was invested with political meaning and, in reverse, how specific architectural solutions came to define the socialist experience.

Each of the book's three parts traces the historical development of one key aspect of Romania's architectural culture between the years 1949-1964:

the planning and construction of housing districts in Bucharest; the role of typification of design and standardization of construction in a project of cultural transformation; the production and management of a folk architectural tradition.

Going beyond buildings and architects to consider the use of photography, painting, and novels, as well as narrations of history and the formation of an ethnographic architectural heritage, the author explores how buildings came to participate in the cultural imagination of socialism-and became, in fact, a privileged medium of socialism.

Part of the growing interest in the significance of Soviet Bloc architecture, this is an important contribution to the fields of architectural history, cultural history, and visual culture.
By:   Juliana Maxim (Associate Professor of Art History and Architecture University of San Diego USA)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 248mm,  Width: 171mm, 
Weight:   386g
ISBN:   9781138820357
ISBN 10:   1138820350
Series:   Architext
Pages:   188
Publication Date:   29 November 2018
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Juliana Maxim is Associate Professor of Architectural History at the University of San Diego, USA.

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