Belyayevo Forever: A Soviet Microrayon on its Way to the UNESCO List

Belyayevo Forever: A Soviet Microrayon on its Way to the UNESCO List

by Kuba Snopek

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Belyayevo Forever: A Soviet Microrayon on its Way to the UNESCO List by Kuba Snopek

Preservation is ordinarily reserved for architecture that is unique. So how would we go about preserving buildings that are utterly generic? Such is the case with Belyayevo, an ordinary residential district in Moscow. Belyayevo is a typical microrayon – the standardised neighbourhood system that successive Soviet regimes laid out across the USSR in what was the most expansive programme of industrialised construction the world has ever seen. Belyayevo’s buildings, and the desolate spaces between them, are identical to thousands of others, but is it different? Kuba Snopek argues that it is. Home to many of the artists of the Moscow Conceptualism school, the place was written into the character of their art. Snopek argues that this intangible heritage is the key to saving a neighbourhood many feel has had its day. But as Russia comes to terms with ist Soviet legacy, will such arguments fall on deaf ears?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783869224381
Publisher: DOM Publishers
Publication date: 01/01/2016
Edition description: Bilingual
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 8.27(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

About the Author

Kuba Snopek is a Polish architect and researcher. A graduate of City Planning at the Wroclaw University of Technology (2009) and Preservation at the Strelka Institute, he is an expert in Soviet mass housing, preservation of the intangible heritage and post-communist cities.

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