Architecture’s Multiple Globalizations in the Cold War. A lecturer by Łukasz Stanek

The 5th Garage International Conference. The Archive: Savior, Inventor, Witness
13 October 2017
16:45–17:05

DESCRIPTION

This talk presents the interim results of an ongoing research project on architectural mobilities between socialist Eastern Europe, Africa, and Asia during the Cold War.

Against the dominant reduction of architecture’s globalization to Westernization, it points at the contributions of actors mobilized in state socialist networks within a multiplicity of competing projects of worldwide cooperation and solidarity from the 1950s to the 1980s. In so doing, this research does not simply add Moscow, Warsaw, or Belgrade to the Western centers from which architectural expertise was diffused. Rather, it replaces such a diffusionist model with a study of transactions between actors circulating in competing networks at a variety of scales, and argues that this perspective is more useful in order to understand their agency on the ground.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Łukasz Stanek is Senior Lecturer at the Manchester Architecture Research Group at the University of Manchester. His main field of research is the architecture of socialist countries during the Cold War in a global perspective. He edited the book Team 10 East. Revisionist Architecture in Real Existing Modernism (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014). His current book project uncovers multiple genealogies of architecture’s globalization since World War Two, seen through the lens of socialist internationalism and the Non-Aligned Movement. On this topic, his published papers include Mobilities of Architecture in the Global Cold War. From Socialist Poland to Kuwait and Back (2015); and Architects from Socialist Countries in Ghana (1957–1967): Modern Architecture and Mondialization (2015).

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Free admission with advance registration.

The talk is part of the third session of the conference.

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