Urban Planning During Socialism delves into the evolution of cities during the period of state socialism of the 20th century, summarizing the urban and architectural studies that trace their transformations. 

The book focuses primarily on the periphery of the socialist world, both spatially and in terms of scholarly thinking. The case study cities presented in this book draw on cultural and material studies to demonstrate diverse and novel concepts of ‘periphery’ through transformations of socialist cityscapes rather than homogenous views on cities during the period of state socialism of the 20th century. In doing so the book explores the transversalities of political, economic, and social phenomena; the places for everyday life in socialist cities; the role of professional communities on production and reproduction of space and ecological thinking.

This book is aimed at scholarly readership, in particular scholars in architecture, urban planning, and human geography, as well as undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students in these disciplines studying the urban transformation of cities after World War II in socialist countries. It will also be of interest for planning officials, architects, policymakers and activists in former socialist countries.

chapter |12 pages

Revisiting urban planning during socialism

Views from the periphery. An introduction
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part I|86 pages

Urban planning, politics and power

chapter 1|16 pages

Urbanising the Virgin Lands

At the frontier of Soviet socialist planning
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chapter 2|19 pages

From Breslau to Wrocław

Urban development of the largest city of the Polish “Regained Lands” under socialism
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chapter 3|16 pages

Dreaming the capital

Architecture and urbanism as tools for planning the socialist Bratislava
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chapter 4|13 pages

The Yugoslav Skopje

Building the brutalist city, 1970–1990
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chapter 5|20 pages

From reverse colonial trade to antiurbanism

Frustrated urban renewal in Budapest, 1950–1990
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part II|52 pages

Architects and urban planners in the socialist city

chapter 6|18 pages

Passive agents or genuine facilitators of citizen participation?

The role of urban planners under the Yugoslav self-management socialism
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part III|55 pages

The non-politics of everyday life in spatial peripheries during socialism

chapter 9|23 pages

Courtyards, parks and squares of power in Ukrainian cities

Planning and reality of everyday life under socialism
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chapter 10|15 pages

Planning urban peripheries for leisure

The plan for Greater Tallinn, 1960–1962
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chapter 11|15 pages


From ambitious experimental project to half-realised Soviet mass-housing district in Tbilisi, Georgia
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part IV|61 pages

Ecology and environment in the socialist periphery

chapter 13|17 pages

Peripheral landscapes

Ecology, ideology and form in Soviet non-official architecture
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