June 2017


«Architecton: proceedings of higher education» № 49 March 2015

History of architecture

Dukhanov Sergey S.

PhD (Architecture), Associate Professor.
Novosibirsk State University of Architecture, Design and Arts,
Novosibirsk, Russia, e-mail: ssd613@ngs.ru


The article reviews advancements in architectural and planning thought in Western Siberian cities during the war. It might appear at first sight that the conditions of being deep in the rear of the frontlines and at the periphery in relation to the principal architectural centres of the Soviet Union were not conducive to this. However, the war period proved to be most productive in terms of progress in the profession. Firstly, creative search among the local architects was encouraged by contacts with the country’s lead architects who had been evacuated to Siberia, and creative collaborations continued well into the post-war period. Secondly, the extreme conditions in which Western Siberian cities had to function during the war stimulated interest in urban planning studies. As a result, the local architects were able to expand their outlook, demonstrating growing aspirations towards realism and interest in local context studies.

Key words: architecture of the war period, history of Soviet urban planning; urban planning in Western Siberia


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