DOCOMOMO JOURNAL 70: From Modernism to Constructivism in Kharkiv

Author: Editors-in-chief: Uta Pottgiesser & Wido Quist/ Guest editors: Meriç Altintaş Kaptan, Sophio Karchkhadze, Оlena Remizova,

Publisher: DOCOMOMO International, Delft (2024)

Dimensions (length x width x height): 21 cm × 1 cm × 30 cm

Pages: 116

Language: English

ISBN: 13803204

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From Constructivism to Modernism in Kharkiv

In 2022, Docomomo International launched a call for papers on Modern Movement in Ukraine together with Docomomo Ukraine. More than 20 proposals were received, most of them from authors based in Ukraine itself—despite the difficult circumstances. The Docomomo Journal 67 presented a first selection of those articles to display regional and architectural particularities and current challenges of archiving, documenting, protecting, and preserving the modern heritage.

This Docomomo Journal 70 continues with Modernism in Kharkiv. The modern Ukranian architecture was
dominated by Constructivism from the mid-1920s to the early 1930s, with Kharkiv as the epicenter of production, while Socialist Realism with the Stalin Empire emerged from 1932, lasting until 1955, with Kyiv as the capital of Ukraine. From December 1919 to January 1934, Kharkiv was the first capital of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic and the cultural, economic, and educational center of the new Ukrainian Republic. The status as new capital led to prestigious master plans and construction projects.

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