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A Soviet Legacy, Not Quite Lost

A Soviet Legacy, Not Quite Lost

To most westerners, Soviet architecture means imposing, Neo-Gothic Stalinist towers, but the USSR’s 70-odd-year history saw other equally striking – if less celebrated – architectural styles. In the 1920s, a movement of Constructivist architects sought to reshape urban life with an ideal of a utilitarian, strictly functional living and working space. Driven by revolutionary fervour, […]

Soviet Architecture on Display

The exhibition “Soviet Modernism 1955 – 1991. Unknown Stories” at the Architekturzentrum Wien is inviting the most important experts on the Soviet Modern period to take part at the 19th Vienna Architecture Congress. On 24 and 25 Nov., architectural historians, urban planners, cultural theorists and architects from the former Soviet Union will discuss issues like […]

A Little Village for a Big, Historic Meeting

A Little Village for a Big, Historic Meeting

In the night of 8 and 9 May, 1945, the American General Stanley E. Reinhart and his Soviet counterpart Dimitri A. Dritschkin met in a private house in the Lower Austrian village of Erlauf to celebrate the victory over Hilter’s army. This historic moment became the starting point for a long and intensive critical engagement with war […]

Vienna and Chernobyl

This account of the repercussions of Chernobyl  in Vienna was originally published in The Advertiser in Australia, in 1986 and is re-printed here by permission of the author. “What is this radiation stuff all about?” my eight-year-old son asked as he dashed through the door after school. He was annoyed, and implied that Mum and […]

The Meaning of Chernobyl

It began as a grey and muddy spring day, like so many others in my homeland. It ended in dread and mourning. Of course, none of us knew the precise moment when catastrophe struck at Chernobyl 25 years ago. Back then, we lived under a system that denied ordinary people any right whatsoever to know […]

The Final Soviet Curtain

Events did occur, and at an extraordinary pace. As the new East German government prepared to announce its reform program at the party plenum, ordinary citizens poured into the streets to voice pent-up dissatisfaction with decades of hardship and repression. The daily protests were capped by a rally of 500,000 in East Berlin on Nov. […]

Prague Spring Remembered

Prague Spring Remembered

The New Year 1968 dawned with the chill air of Prague shimmering with excitement; A power struggle had shaken the Central Committee as reformer Alexander Dubček challenged hard-liner Antonín Novotný for control of the Czech Communist Party. Frantic, Novotný had secretly pleaded for support from Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev who hastened to Prague to face the […]

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