Architecture for All
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The production of the Socialist lifestyle required an appropriate organization, appropriate theory, and appropriate style. In a 1956 book, whose name this chapter borrows, Architektura všem [Architecture for All], Czech architect and historian Karel Honzík quoted a 1934 statement by Anatoly Lunacharsky, Lenin’s Commissar of Education and Culture, to his own ends: “It is certainly easy to claim that the proletariat has to produce its own style, however, that style cannot be shot out, as if from a pistol. That style has to be developed over time” (Honzík 1956b: 181). Selective channeling of Soviet Socialism’s key figures was a common practice, allowing for ghostwriting with a safely built-in legitimating function. In the tautological logic of much of this era’s speech, Honzík’s own statement could not be wrong, since it called upon Lunacharsky. 1 The ur-statement on the production of proletarian style, quoted by Honzík, conjoins two issues at the core of this chapter: the temporality of the project of producing the proletarian style and the question of the (ideologically) appropriate means and methods of that production.