chapter  3
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Prefabricating Modernity: Mass Housing and Its Discontents

As de-Stalinization in politics and architecture reverberated through Eastern Europe in the wake of Nikita Khrushchev's denouncement of socialist realist building practices in 1954, the thematic focus of architecture shifted from industrial megaprojects and representative public buildings to mass housing. The process was also accompanied by a radical change in architectural style the rapid abandonment of socialist realism and a return to the formal language of architectural modernism.