Skyscrapers and Stalinism — A Review of “Moscow Monumental”

Zubovich, Katherine. Moscow Monumental: Soviet Skyscrapers and Urban Life in Stalin’s Capital. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2021. Reviewed by  Zinaida Osipova While many people seek to understand why the Soviet Union fell apart, Katherine Zubovich focuses on one of its enduring successes—the seven skyscrapers designed under Joseph Stalin that still dominate Moscow’s landscape. […]

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Member of the Week: Joseph Watson

Joseph Watson Ph.D. Candidate in the History and Theory of Architecture University of Pennsylvania School of Design Describe your current research. What about it drew your interest?  I am currently wrapping up my dissertation. It’s a study of competing ideas about the future of metropolitan America during the 1930s. I focus primarily on two architectural projects, […]

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Member of the Week: Joanna Merwood-Salisbury

Prof. Joanna Merwood-Salisbury Faculty of Architecture and Design Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand Describe your current research. What about it drew your interest?  I began my career as an historian of late-nineteenth-century American architecture, in particular the culture of the early Chicago skyscraper (roughly 1880 to 1910). My research investigated the broader group of […]

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Member of the Week: Katherine Zubovich

Katherine Zubovich Assistant Professor, Ryerson University @kzubovich Describe your current research. What about it drew your interest?  I’m currently working on a book project about urban planning and urban life in Moscow in the 1930s-1950s, tentatively titled Moscow Monumental: Soviet Skyscrapers and Urban Life under High Stalinism. This research focuses on a city-wide skyscraper construction […]

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