Two Lessons in Modernism: What the Architectural Review and America’s Mass Media Taught Soviet Architects about the West

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Trondheim Studies on East European Cultures and Societies

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In the decade following World War II, countries across the Iron Curtain launched urban renewal and mass housing programs that became enmeshed in the Cold War. The Soviet Union and the West used urban planning and housing to stake their claims about which system – capitalism or socialism – could best provide postwar prosperity and the superior way of life. The architects and house builders charged with carrying out these programs worked at the dynamic intersection of modernist architectural design, domestic building programs, and Cold War politics.


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