December 2017


«Architecton: proceedings of higher education» № 51 September 2015

History of architecture

Burtsev Alexander G.

Associate Professor
Chair of Theory of Architecture and Professional Communication,
Ural State University of Architecture and Arts,
Ekaterinburg, Russia, e-mail: alexander.g.burtsev@gmail.com  


The practice of constructing low-rise housing by prospective owners during the period of the New Economic Policy in the USSR and, specifically, in Sverdlovsk (now Ekaterinburg) has been little studied so far. The article identifies the scope and character of amateur building of low-rise housing in Sverdlovsk. The results obtained through analysis of archival sources and field studies have enabled the chronology of this phenomenon to be described, areas of such construction and building types to be identified, and certain specific features in the application of the development rights to be revealed. The author concludes that this method of construction was economically more accessible for broad groups of the population in comparison with housing co-operatives.

Key words: amateur building, New Economic Policy, low-rise housing, development rights


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