March 2018


«Architecton: proceedings of higher education» № 42 June 2013

Theory of architecture

Shipitsyna Olga A.

PhD (Architecture), Professor, Chair of Theory of Architecture and Professional Communication,
Ural State Academy of Architecture and Arts,
Ekaterinburg, Russia, e-mail: oshipits@usaaa.ru

Margushin Alexander L.

PhD. (Architecture)
Lead Artist, Targem Games
Ekaterinburg, Russia, e-mail: alex_inn@mail.ru


The article reflects on research into the architecture of Ekaterinburg of the late 19th – early 21st century with the aim of establishing the degree of preservation (stabilisation, formation, ordering) and degradation (increase in tension, randomness) of the planning and architectural structure of the city in the course of its evolution. The result of the study is a historical picture of developments in the architecture of Ekaterinburg in the late 19th – early 21st century, which has allowed us to identify the chronological boundaries of changes in architectural activity judging by the re-arrangement of the planning and architectural structure of the city depending on changes in social, economic and political conditions, as well as professional orientations.

The resulting historical picture demonstrates a cyclic character of the evolution of Ekaterinburg architecture with four periods/cycles. In each of these periods, the stage of sustainable development is replaced by a stage of instability and, at times, chaos, with subsequent stabilisation of processes. The cyclic character of evolution has been confirmed by a complex study of the historical evolution of the city’s spatial planning structure and of its master plan from the year of foundation (1723) till the early 20th century. Theoretical consideration of the findings has allowed us to identify five specific features in the architectural and planning evolution of Ekaterinburg and to propose an ensemble-based approach, which should allow an architect to consciously work in dialogue with the existing environment.


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Key words: architectural dynamic processes, architecture of Yekaterinburg, architectural ensembles, city evolution

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