Tuesday the 1st March 2016
PLEASE NOTE LATER START TIME! 5:30
2.13 Evolution House, followed by drinks reception
The reconstruction of Tashkent after the earthquake of 1966 that left the city in ruins produced the most complete realization of a Soviet governmental and administrative centre of the 1960s and ‘70s. This ensemble gives us the clearest picture of the urban and architectural forms that the Soviet Union enlisted in the creation a model city for socialist and decolonizing countries. As one site within a vast architectural system, Tashkent offers an opportunity to consider the images, forms and organizational infrastructure of a global socialist architecture. The origins and ambitions of this project invite us to reconsider the geopolitics of architectural production in the twentieth century and to recognise the significant, yet little-understood role of the Second (socialist) world in global architectural culture.
Richard Anderson specializes in the history of modern and contemporary architecture in North America, Europe, and Eurasia, with emphasis on German- and Russian-speaking regions. His research and teaching explore architecture’s relationship to modern media and modes of economic reasoning. He is currently Lecturer in Architectural History at the University of Edinburgh’s school of architecture and landscape architecture (ESALA). He has previously taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and Columbia University.
Richard received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He studied at Moscow State University (MGU), the Technical University, Berlin, and Pitzer College, where he received his B.A. He is the recipient of Whiting Foundation and Fulbright fellowships, as well as a Mellon/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowship.
His essays have appeared in AA Files, Grey Room, Log, and Future Anterior. He is co-author, with Kristin Romberg, of Architecture in Print: Design and Debate in the Soviet Union (Columbia University, 2005). His writing has been featured in the book In Search of a Forgotten Architect: Stefan Sebök 1901-41 (Architectural Association, 2012). He is editor and principal translator of Ludwig Hilberseimer’s Metropolisarchitecture and Selected Essays (Columbia University, 2012; second edition 2013). Richard is the author of Russia: Modern Architectures in History (Reaktion Books, 2015), a cultural history of Russian architecture from 1861 to the present.