Front Cover

pdf iconDownload PDF
 

Front Flap

pdf iconDownload PDF
 

Copyright

pdf iconDownload PDF

p. iv

Contents

pdf iconDownload PDF

p. vii

read more

Acknowledgments

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. ix-xi

There are many people to thank for their help and support with this project. Kenneth Frampton showed me the many ways that an architect can be a designer—through buildings, words, and texts. His passion for architecture inspired me to be a better scholar and teacher, and for his guidance, support, and patience I will always be grateful. Bradley F. Abrams has been a won-...

read more

Introduction

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 1-11

Few building types are as vilified as the socialist housing block. Built by the thousands in Eastern Europe in the decades after World War II, the apartment buildings of the planned economy are notorious for problems such as faulty construction methods, lack of space, nonexistent landscaping, long-term maintenance lapses, and general ugliness. The typical narrative of the...

read more

Chapter 1: Phoenix Rising

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 13-68

On the night of July 17, 1945, just two months after Czechoslovakia’s liberation from Nazi occupation, architects gathered in the main hall of the Central Library in Prague for the first public meeting of the newly established Block of Progressive Architectural Associations...

read more

Chapter 2: Typification and Standardization

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 69-112

Immediately after the Communist Party took control of the Czechoslovak government on February 25, 1948, action committees were formed in all professional and educational organizations to purge them of politically undesirable members. As historian John Connelly describes in his book on higher education in postwar Central Europe, within days of the February 25 takeover...

read more

Chapter 3: National in Form, Socialist in Content

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 113-176

Czech and Slovak architects were slow to accept the changing cultural climate of the late 1940s. In the first years of Communist rule, designers were brought into a state-run system of architecture and engineering offices with a mandate to standardize the design and delivery of buildings through the widespread implementation of industrial methods. The architectural...

read more

Chapter 4: A Vision of Socialist Architecture

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 177-223

Jiří Kroha was the most prolific and high-profile architect of the socialist realist period in Czechoslovakia. He is primarily remembered as a left-wing interwar modernist whose buildings can be found in Mladá Boleslav and the villa districts around Brno.1 Many people do not know that the most active period of his career was between 1948 and 1956, when he was a prominent...

read more

Chapter 5: The Industrialization of Housing

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 224-294

At the same time that socialist realism was the public face of Czechoslovakia’s cultural sphere, there was a second, less visible trajectory that moved forward within Stavoprojekt: experimentation with new industrial building technologies and housing prototypes. With the end of the Czechoslovak Building Works in September 1951 and the establishment of Stavoprojekt...

read more

Epilogue

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 295-297

By May 1961, when a twenty-two-member delegation from Britain arrived in Czechoslovakia to view the country’s achievements in architecture and urban planning, it had been more than fifteen years since the establishment of the Block of Progressive Architectural Associations (BAPS) and the creation of a broad coalition of architects who saw their future in collective work.1 There...

Notes

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 299-359

Bibliography and Illustration Credits

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 361-370

Index

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 371-383