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SEISMIC MODERNISM: ARCHITECTURE AND HOUSING IN SOVIET TASHKENT. Philipp Meuser. DOM Publishers, Berlin, 2016. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Actar D/Actar Distribution Inc., New York. 256 pp. with 300 col. ills. ISBN 9783869224930 In English.
Publisher's description: Tashkent, the southernmost metropolis of millions in the Soviet Union, is a city redolent with architectural contrasts and paradoxes. Home to the most beautiful prefabricated buildings in the world, it features a prominent urban duality predicated upon the oriental Old City and the Russian New City. Never was this contrast brought into sharper focus than during the severe earthquake of 1966 which left the New City relatively unscathed but the Old City in ruins, and more than 200,000 people homeless. Yet one respite was offered: a rebuilding effort which triggered an upsurge of innovation. The city thus became the face of seismic modernism - unprecedented in history, the earthquake stimulated modernization of urban development in Tashkent. Architects incorporated regional building traditions in their socialist modern designs, including the visually intriguing fašade mosaics attributed to the little-known Zharsky brothers. The rebuilding of Tashkent thus provides a perfect example of Soviet ideas about urban planning - in which technical standardization and social requirements were no more of a contradiction than the design of experimental living concepts and the simultaneous search for an expression of national identity in building.
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