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Ism Landscapes of Communism is an intimate history of twentieth century communist Europe told through its buildings it is too a book about power and what power does in cities Most of all Landscapes of Communism is a revelatory journey of discovery plunging us into the maelstrom of socialist architecture As we submerge into the metros walk the massive multi lane magistrale and pause at milk bars in the microrayons who knows what we might fi I'm probably doing this book a huge disservice if I write that this was one of the most interesting boring books I've ever come across But then again who actually reads reviews from weird blonde randos rather than just glancing the star rating before they decided whether to go for it rightLandscapes of Communism caught my eye in a bookstore mainly due to my own horrendously slow and probably not that awesome anyway writing namely it looked like a nice inspiration for strange locations Now that I'm done with it I can say that it partially worked but also gave me uite a bit This book I imagine would be interesting for either a niche audience of about 5 people in the west that are into this stuff a small crowd that like decent journalism andor writing and finally a lot of people like me that actually come from the eastern Europe and grew up around all the ridiculous stuff the book describes Briefly if you are one of us one of us one of us this book will help you look at where you live or grew up with a completely new eyes enabling you to experience the urban landscape better notice details that escaped you before and lets not forget boring your friends to death with yet another dose of nerdy fun factsWhy do I consider the book boring Ever since I recently made the conscious decision to read nonfiction books I opted for those with events those that told stories wisely assuming that descriptive textbooks would not grab me uite as much and then my reading progress would suffer I'd fail my reading challenge and who wants to live like that Well this book fits the latter category full of concrete plastic revolutionary art concrete facades and concrete it's mostly a descriptive non story overlaid at places with historical remarks and personal notes about how the author and his girlfriend explored all of these locations Yet somehow it works and you enjoy looking at all the weirdness opulence and forced glorification of the simple asking for The chapters in the book cover what seems like a complete or at least a major fraction of the well types of communist architecture The topics remain interesting throughout from the major streets and microrayons at the start of the book through underground railways all the way to the self celebratory monuments Throughout and after reading this book I often felt some kind of nostalgia most probably for the places where I grew up and that are changing uickly making a lot of things I knew disappear Consciously I know this is a good thing cities in the east are getting prettier clean and modern however reading about the weird and abstract art scattered throughout the former communist bloc about milk bars and badly made prefab concrete statues that all brings me back to where I grew up playgrounds I used to play at where most of the euipment was somehow broken the ugly bus stop where I had my first kiss and once in a while one is very much allowed a completely biased trip down the memory lane

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Landscapes of Communism'In the craven world of architectural criticism Hatherley is that rarest of things a brave incisive elegant and erudite writer whose books dissect the contemporary built environment to reveal the political fantasies and social realities it embodies' Will SelfDuring the course of the twentieth century communism took power in Eastern Europe and remade the city in its own image Ransacking the urban Landscapes of PDF planning of the grand impe I took my time reading ‘Landscapes of Communism’ in part because it’s a weighty tome and therefore inconvenient to take on trains Moreover it is a pretty dense read and perhaps somewhat of an acuired taste I find reading about buildings curiously relaxing for some reason Hatherley takes the reader on a scrupulously detailed tour of communist architecture which includes a selection of black and white images but is largely reliant on detailed descriptions It’s both a travelogue and history lesson written in Hatherley’s distinctive tone incisive and intermittently waspish Each chapter covers a different category of communism’s physical remnants; roads housing memorials and so on Although I found the first half enlightening parts of its dragged and it was the second half that proved fascinating Chapter 5 is a definite highlight as Hatherley and I share a taste for grandiose public transport infrastructure I do love reading about the Moscow metro system Also of note was the chapter that followed which discussed the varying approaches to reconstruction taken by devastated Eastern European cities after WWII Hatherley points out that most of what we now consider historic architecture in such cities is not what it seems having been carefully rebuilt by the communists The chapter on memorials contains perhaps the most vividly unsettling descriptions including of Lenin’s tomb and the museum devoted to Stalin in his home town as well as some very thought provoking analysis of how the communist past is being rewritten through a lens of nationalismIn short this book is well suited to armchair tourists like me who are interested in the historical significance of architectural aesthetics but don’t want the bother of actually travelling to look at structures Perhaps adventurous people than I will be inspired by this book to visit the places it describes; I’ve mainly been inspired to read about soviet transport infrastructure The book concludes strongly with a comparison of Shanghai’s current architecture a vision of capitalist communism in the 21st century Tying up the threads of his history of communism and its buildings Hatherley cites this conceptually intriguing idea about ChinaWhat seems like merely the administration of capitalism by an oligarchy which is the Communist Party in nothing but name is actually a gigantic prolonged version of the New Economic Policy embarked upon by the Bolsheviks throughout the 1920s the use of a dirigiste state planned capitalism to build up productive forces to a level where the population has gone from being poor to being reasonably comfortable after which the Communist Party could take command of this wealth and use it for the building of full communism something which can after all in ‘stage’ theory only be achieved after the development of a mature industrial capitalism This is at least what Deng Xiaoping always claimed was going on That point reminded me of Red Capitalism The Fragile Financial Foundation of China's Extraordinary Rise which asks ‘What in China isn’t a sovereign wealth fund’ It seems that the history of 20th century communist buildings can still tell us uite a lot about socialism in the 21st century ‘Landscapes of Communism’ is best appreciated at a leisurely pace as it gives the reader plenty to chew on

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PDF É BOOK Landscapes of Communism ½ OWEN HATHERLEY ½ ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☂ Landscapes of Communism Author Owen Hatherley – Helpyouantib.co.uk 'In the craven world of architectural criticism Hatherley is that rarest of things a brave incisive elegant and erudite writer whose books dissect the contempoRial past it set out to transform everyday life its sweeping boulevards epic high rise and vast housing estates an emphatic declaration of a non capitalist idea Now the regimes that built them are dead and long gone but from Warsaw to Berlin Moscow to post Revolution Kiev the buildings their most obvious legacy remain populated by people whose lives were scattered and jeopardized by the collapse of communism and the introduction of capital This is a weighty tome beautifully typeset with correct diactritics and bound with better uality photographs than the author’s previous books but with a word count probably twice as large I enjoyed it but it took me a very long time to read it in contrast to New Ruins and Bleak through which I whizzedThe classification of eight types of buildings and landscapes is inspired and the discussion of each of them with countless examples is comprehensive Clearly the author has done very thorough research; I learned a lot about history of the former Soviet Bloc countries The enthusiasm for the metro systems in particular comes across with great verve and the feelings inspired by the various memorials and museums are almost as good as being there oneself I am now inspired to visit some weird and wonderful places well off the tourist trail Also the first person narrative and personal anecdote is entertaining and I would actually have enjoyed of it just like in A New Kind of BleakFor anyone with than a passing interest in the former Soviet Bloc countries which were so mysterious to those of us growing up in the 1970s and ’80s I would say that this book is a must read but you’ll have to give it a lot of time and attention to get the best from it