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The Adventures of Owen Hatherley In The Post-Soviet Space

Author : Owen Hatherley
Publisher : Watkins Media Limited
Page : 600 pages
File Size : 48,9 Mb
Release : 2018-11-13
Category : Political Science
ISBN : 9781912248278

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The Adventures of Owen Hatherley In The Post-Soviet Space by Owen Hatherley Pdf

Nearly thirty years after the fall of the USSR, the word "Soviet" should be as meaningless by now as "Hapsburg" or "Hohenzollern". Strangely, though, it endures, as places both inside and outside the former Soviet Union define themselves for or against what happened when it existed. But does that experience mean anything today, or is it just an enormous cul-de-sac? This book tries to find out, through an itinerary that goes from the Baltic to Belarus, from Ukraine to the Urals, from the Caucasus to Central Asia, and in cities that range from nuclear new towns of the Fifties to gleaming new capitals of the 21st century. In this Eurasian post-Soviet space, we try to find the continuities with Communism - if there are any - and the remnants of revolutions both distant and recent. Instead of a wistful journey through ruins, this intends to be an engaged travelogue, a subjective, personal Marxist Humanist guidebook to somewhere that actually exists, but which is constantly haunted by what it didn't become, whether a real Communist utopia or a successful or fair capitalism. In the course of this transcontinental account of what used to be the Soviet Union and is now a patchwork of EU democracies, neoliberal dictatorships and Soviet nostalgic enclaves (often found in the same countries) we might just find the outlines of a way of building cities that is a powerful alternative, both in the past and present.

Red Metropolis

Author : Owen Hatherley
Publisher : Watkins Media Limited
Page : 289 pages
File Size : 41,8 Mb
Release : 2020-11-10
Category : Political Science
ISBN : 9781913462215

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A polemical history of municipal socialism in London - and an argument for turning this capitalist capital red again. A polemical history of municipal socialism in London -- and an argument for turning this capitalist capital red again. London is conventionally seen as merely a combination of the financial centre in the City and the centre of governmental power in Westminster, a uniquely capitalist capital city. This book is about the third London - a social democratic twentieth-century metropolis, a pioneer in council housing, public enterprise, socialist design, radical local democracy and multiculturalism. This book charts the development of this municipal power base under leaders from Herbert Morrison to Ken Livingstone, and its destruction in 1986, leaving a gap which has been only very inadequately filled by the Greater London Authority under Livingstone, Boris Johnson and Sadiq Khan. Opposing currently fashionable bullshit about an imaginary "metropolitan elite", this book makes a case for London pride on the left, and makes an argument for using that pride as a weapon against a government of suburban landlords that ruthlessly exploits Londoners.

Civil Society and Government Institutions in Armenia

Author : Valentina Gevorgyan
Publisher : Taylor & Francis
Page : 176 pages
File Size : 53,5 Mb
Release : 2024-05-09
Category : Political Science
ISBN : 9781040010525

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Civil Society and Government Institutions in Armenia by Valentina Gevorgyan Pdf

The book provides an understanding of the three decades of Armenia’s young history – from the perspective of relations between civil society and government institutions. It explores the intricate dynamics between the two entities: by explaining the patterns of relations since 1991 to present. The book offers a comprehensive exploration for understanding the state-society relations, and also delves into the historical backdrop of the region. Drawing on the latest data, the author examines real-world practices exemplifying relational variations and the opportunity structures for Armenia to progress by means of its civil society.

Militant Modernism

Author : Owen Hatherley
Publisher : John Hunt Publishing
Page : 156 pages
File Size : 45,8 Mb
Release : 2009-04-24
Category : Philosophy
ISBN : 9781780997353

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Militant Modernism is a defence against Modernism's many detractors. It looks at design, film and architecture - especially architecture — and pursues the notion of an evolved modernism that simply refuses to stop being necessary. Owen Hatherley gives us new ways to look at what we thought was familiar — Bertolt Brecht, Le Corbusier, even Vladimir Mayakovsky. Through Hatherley's eyes we see all of the quotidian modernists of the 20th century - lesser lights, too — perhaps understanding them for the first time. Whether we are looking at Britain's brutalist aesthetics, Russian Constructivism, or the Sexpol of Wilhelm Reich, the message is clear. There is no alternative to Modernism.

Mirrorlands

Author : Ed Pulford
Publisher : Hurst & Company
Page : 368 pages
File Size : 48,9 Mb
Release : 2019
Category : SOCIAL SCIENCE
ISBN : 9781787381384

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Mirrorlands is a journey through space and time to the meeting points of Russia and China, the world's largest and most populous countries. Charting an unconventional course southeast through Siberia, Inner Mongolia, the Russian Far East and Manchuria, anthropologist and linguist Ed Pulford sketches a rich series of encounters with people and places unknown not only to outsiders, but also to most residents of the capital cities where his journey begins and ends. What Russia and China have in common goes much deeper than their status as authoritarian post-socialist states or perceived menaces to Western hegemony. Their shared history can only fully be appreciated from an intimately local, borderland perspective. Along remote roads, rivers and railways, in cosmopolitan cities and indigenous villages of the northeast Asian frontiers, Pulford maps the strikingly similar ways in which these two vast empires have ruled their Eurasian domains, before, during and after socialism. With great cultural nuance, Mirrorlands thoughtfully evokes the diverse daily interactions between residents of the Russia-China borderlands, and their resulting visions of "Europe" and "Asia." It is a vivid portrait of centuries of cross-border encounter, mimicry and conflict, key to understanding the global place and identity of two leading world powers.

Clean Living Under Difficult Circumstances

Author : Owen Hatherley
Publisher : Verso Books
Page : 337 pages
File Size : 40,7 Mb
Release : 2021-06-22
Category : Architecture
ISBN : 9781839762246

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Clean Living Under Difficult Circumstances by Owen Hatherley Pdf

How to make a fairer, more just city From the grandiose histories of monumental state building projects to the minutiae of street signs and corner cafés, from the rebuilding of capital cities to the provision of the humble public toilet, Clean Living under Difficult Circumstances argues for the city as a socialist project. This essay collection spans a period from immediately before the 2008 financial crash to the year of the pandemic. Against the business-as-usual responses to both crises, Owen Hatherley outlines a vision of the city as both a venue for political debate and dispute as well as a space of everyday experience, one that we shape as much as it shapes us. Incorporated here are the genres of memoir, history, music and film criticism, as well as portraits of figures who have inspired new ways of looking at cities, such as the architect Zaha Hadid, the activist and urbanist Jane Jacobs, and thinkers such as Mark Fisher and Adam Curtis. Throughout these pieces, Hatherley argues that the only way out of our difficult circumstances is to imagine and try to construct a better modernity.

The Legacy of Division

Author : Ferenc Laczó,Luka Lisjak Gabrijelčič
Publisher : Central European University Press
Page : 344 pages
File Size : 45,8 Mb
Release : 2020-10-15
Category : History
ISBN : 9789633863756

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The Legacy of Division by Ferenc Laczó,Luka Lisjak Gabrijelčič Pdf

This volume examines the legacy of the East–West divide since the implosion of the communist regimes in Europe. The ideals of 1989 have largely been frustrated by the crises and turmoil of the past decade. The liberal consensus was first challenged as early as the mid-2000s. In Eastern Europe, grievances were directed against the prevailing narratives of transition and ever sharper ethnic-racial antipathies surfaced in opposition to a supposedly postnational and multicultural West. In Western Europe, voices regretting the European Union's supposedly careless and premature expansion eastward began to appear on both sides of the left–right and liberal–conservative divides. The possibility of convergence between Europe's two halves has been reconceived as a threat to the European project. In a series of original essays and conversations, thirty-three contributors from the fields of European and global history, politics and culture address questions fundamental to our understanding of Europe today: How have perceptions and misperceptions between the two halves of the continent changed over the last three decades? Can one speak of a new East–West split? If so, what characterizes it and why has it reemerged? The contributions demonstrate a great variety of approaches, perspectives, emphases, and arguments in addressing the daunting dilemma of Europe's assumed East–West divide.

Soviet Metro Stations

Author : Owen Hatherley
Publisher : Fuel Publishing
Page : 258 pages
File Size : 54,6 Mb
Release : 2019
Category : Architecture
ISBN : UCSD:31822044512028

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Soviet Metro Stations by Owen Hatherley Pdf

Following his bestselling quest for Soviet Bus Stops, Canadian photographer Christopher Herwig has completed a subterranean expedition photographing the stations of each Metro network of the former USSR. From extreme marble and chandelier opulence to brutal futuristic minimalist glory, Soviet Metro Stations documents this wealth of diverse architecture.

Artificial Islands

Author : Owen Hatherley
Publisher : Watkins Media Limited
Page : 347 pages
File Size : 41,5 Mb
Release : 2022-08-09
Category : Architecture
ISBN : 9781914420870

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Should Britain form a new union with its old 'Dominions' in Canada, Australia and New Zealand? Are they really our closest allies and relations? And is there any reason why they should want to unite again with us? Great Britain has just left one Union, after years of bitter argument and divisive posturing. But what if the island's future lies in another Union altogether, with some of its former colonial “kith and kin” across the seas? Why be in a Union with your immediate neighbours, when you could instead be in a trans-oceanic super-state with our old friends in Canada, Australia and New Zealand? Welcome to the strange world of the 'CANZUK Union', the name for a quixotic but apparently serious plan to reunify the white-majority 'Dominions' of the British Empire under the flag of low taxes, strong borders and climate change denialism. Artificial Islands tests the idea that Britain's natural allies and closest relations are in these three countries in North America and the Antipodes, through a good look at the histories, townscapes and spaces of several cities across the settler zones of the British Empire. These are some of the most purely artificial and modern landscapes in the world, British-designed cities that were built with extreme rapidity in forcibly seized territories on the other side of the world from Britain. Were these places really no more than just a reproduction of British Values planted in unlikely corners of the globe? How are people in Auckland, Melbourne, Montreal, Ottawa and Wellington re-imagining their own history, or their countries' role in the British Empire and their complicity in its crimes? And do they have any interest in a union with us?

A New Kind of Bleak: Journeys Through Urban Britain

Author : Owen Hatherley
Publisher : Verso Books
Page : 435 pages
File Size : 43,8 Mb
Release : 2012-07-31
Category : Architecture
ISBN : 9781844678570

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A New Kind of Bleak: Journeys Through Urban Britain by Owen Hatherley Pdf

An anatomy of failed-state Britain, by the author of A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain. In A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain, Owen Hatherley skewered New Labour’s architectural legacy in all its witless swagger. Now, in the year of the Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics, he sets out to describe what the Coalition’s altogether different approach to economic mismanagement and civic irresponsibility is doing to the places where the British live. In a journey that begins and ends in the capital, Hatherley takes us from Plymouth and Brighton to Belfast and Aberdeen, by way of the eerie urbanism of the Welsh valleys and the much-mocked splendour of modernist Coventry. Everywhere outside the unreal Southeast, the building has stopped in towns and cities, which languish as they wait for the next bout of self-defeating austerity. Hatherley writes with unrivalled aggression about the disarray of modern Britain, and yet this remains a book about possibilities remembered, about unlikely successes in the midst of seemingly inexorable failure. For as well as trash, ancient and modern, Hatherley finds signs of the hopeful country Britain once was and hints of what it might become.

Landscapes of Communism

Author : Owen Hatherley
Publisher : New Press, The
Page : 624 pages
File Size : 42,7 Mb
Release : 2016-03-01
Category : History
ISBN : 9781620971895

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When communism took power in Eastern Europe it remade cities in its own image, transforming everyday life and creating sweeping boulevards and vast, epic housing estates in an emphatic declaration of a noncapitalist idea. The regimes that built them are now dead and long gone, but from Warsaw to Berlin, Moscow to postrevolutionary Kiev, the buildings remain, often populated by people whose lives were scattered by the collapse of communism. Landscapes of Communism is a journey of historical discovery, plunging us into the lost world of socialist architecture. Owen Hatherley, a brilliant, witty, young urban critic shows how power was wielded in these societies by tracing the sharp, sudden zigzags of official communist architectural style: the superstitious despotic rococo of high Stalinism, with its jingoistic memorials, palaces, and secret policemen’s castles; East Germany’s obsession with prefabricated concrete panels; and the metro systems of Moscow and Prague, a spectacular vindication of public space that went further than any avant-garde ever dared. Throughout his journeys across the former Soviet empire, Hatherley asks what, if anything, can be reclaimed from the ruins of Communism—what residue can inform our contemporary ideas of urban life?

Uncommon

Author : Owen Hatherley
Publisher : John Hunt Publishing
Page : 94 pages
File Size : 42,8 Mb
Release : 2011-06-16
Category : Music
ISBN : 9781846948787

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If we remember them at all, the Sheffield pop group Pulp are remembered for jolly class warfare ditty 'Common People', for the celebrity of their interestingly-named frontman, for the latter waving his arse at Michael Jackson at the Brit awards, for being part of a non-movement called 'Britpop', and for disappearing almost without trace shortly after. They made a few good tunes, they did some funny videos, and while they might be National Treasures, they're nothing serious. Are they? This book argues that they should be taken seriously —very seriously indeed. Attempting to wrest Pulp away from the grim jingoistic spectacle of Britpop and the revivals-of-a-revival circuit, this book charts the very strange things that occur in their records, taking us deep into a strange exotic land; a land of acrylics, adultery, architecture, analogue synthesisers and burning class anger. This is book about pop music, but it is mainly a book about sex, the city and class via the 1990s finest British pop group.

Plastic Emotions

Author : Shiromi Pinto
Publisher : Penguin Random House India Private Limited
Page : 383 pages
File Size : 55,6 Mb
Release : 2019-07-20
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9789353055837

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Plastic Emotions is inspired by the life of Minnette de Silva-a forgotten feminist icon and one of the most important figures of twentieth-century architecture. In a gripping and lyrical story, Shiromi Pinto paints a complex picture of de Silva, charting her affair with the infamous Swiss modernist Le Corbusier and her efforts to build an independent Sri Lanka that slowly heads towards political and social turmoil. Moving between London, Chandigarh, Colombo, Paris and Kandy, Plastic Emotions explores the life of a young, trailblazing South Asian woman at a time of great turbulence across the globe.

Soviet Metro Stations

Author : Damon Murray,Stephen Sorrell
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 0 pages
File Size : 54,9 Mb
Release : 2019
Category : Architectural photography
ISBN : OCLC:1347679239

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For us, said Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev in his memoirs, there was something supernatural about the Metro. Visiting any of the dozen or so Metro networks built across the Soviet Union between the 1930s and 1980s, it is easy to see why. Rather than the straightforward systems of London, Paris or New York, these networks were used as a propaganda artwork, a fusion of sculpture, architecture and art that combined Byzantine, medieval, baroque and constructivist ideas and infused them with the notion that communism would mean a 'communal luxury' for all. Today these astonishing spaces remain the closest realization of a Soviet utopia. Following his bestselling quest for 'Soviet Bus Stops', Canadian photographer Christopher Herwig has completed a subterranean expedition photographing the stations of each Metro network of the former USSR. From extreme marble and chandelier opulence to brutal futuristic minimalist glory, 'Soviet Metro Stations' documents this wealth of diverse architecture. Along the way Herwig captures the elements that make up this singular Soviet experience: neon, concrete, escalators, signage, mosaics and relief sculptures all combine to build a vivid map of the Soviet Metro. 'Soviet Metro Stations' includes an essay by the leading architectural and political writer Owen Hatherley, author of the acclaimed books Landscapes of Communism (2015), Trans-Europe Express (2018) and The Adventures of Owen Hatherley in the Post-Soviet Space.

Ukrainian Postcards

Author : Owen Hatherley
Publisher : Watkins Media Limited
Page : 263 pages
File Size : 50,9 Mb
Release : 2022-04-05
Category : Architecture
ISBN : 9781914420504

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An ebook on the threatened built environment of urban Ukraine, with all proceeds going to the CWU's Ukraine fund and Artists at Risk. This is a short, limited edition ebook, with all proceeds being divided between the Communication Workers Union's Humanitarian Fund for Ukraine, and Artists at Risk's Ukraine appeal. Today, during Russia's imperialist war on Ukraine, everyone is talking about this large, beautiful and multicultural country, but, when doing so, they're often repeating some poorly understood cliches and myths. Ukrainian Postcards, written firmly from the political left, draws on the author's writings on the modern architecture of various Ukrainian cities, written between 2010 and 2020, to build up a picture of a country that could one day be a model of how to live with a difficult past and a multicultural present - but which has been consistently undermined by politicians who use it as a cashbox and, above all, a neighbour who uses it as punchbag. Above all, at a time when Ukraine's architectural heritage is literally under threat — shelled and bombed by the Russian air force, day-in-day-out — it outlines just how valuable and special this country's buildings are, and how much we stand to lose with their destruction.