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Towards a Typology of Soviet Mass Housing


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The German architect and publisher Philipp Meuser have been researching on the Socialist mass housing for nearly twenty years. In his lecture, he showcases the most successful housing series of the USSR, described along with the three characterizing generations. Moreover, the lecture brings the phenomenon of mass housing into the context of the Socialist ideal society.

Philipp Meuser is managing director of Meuser Architekten GmbH and head of DOM publishers. From 1991 to 1995, he studied architecture at the Berlin Technical University. From 1995 to 1996, editorial work for the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Switzerland. Part-time postgraduate studies in the History and Theory of Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zürich), graduating in 1997. Ph.D. on the Soviet Mass Housing. Federal Cross of Merit for cultural and scientific exchange with the states of the former Soviet Union.

Since 2018 Honorary Professorship at the O.M. Beketov National University of Urban Economy in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Currently working on a monographic book on the Jarsky brothers who – from the early 1970s until the 1990s – brought color and art into the monotonous reality of Tashkent serial mass housing.

The lecture will be held in English
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