"Baku Emblematic Projects of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s : International and National in Azerbaijani Soviet Modernism" on March 9th at 16h30 at UFAZ premises, situated at 183 Nizami Str.
"Baku Emblematic Projects of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s : International and National in Azerbaijani Soviet Modernism"
- Short biography
Paul Wolkenstein is an architect. He graduated from Moscow Architectural Institute (2015) and École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture Val de Seine in Paris (2018). He holds a master's degree in Russian history and civilization from the National Institute of Oriental Languages in Paris (INALCO). His research focuses on socialist architecture in Transcaucasia and Central Asia from the 1960s to the 1980s.
- Short Description
Definitely modernist, Brezhnev's architecture sought to break Khrushchev's monotony at all costs. While housing, schools, and small infrastructure of neighborhoods were built according to "typical designs", the official facilities of the capitals were designed according to individual "author's" projects. This phenomenon could be observed in all Soviet socialist republics, but we will study it specifically in Baku. The imprint of the local population, the weight of the national narrative, and the political context influenced the architecture of state government facilities more than anywhere else.