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The Palace Complex: a Stalinist social condenser in Warsaw

Murawski, M; (2017) The Palace Complex: a Stalinist social condenser in Warsaw. The Journal of Architecture , 22 (3) pp. 458-477. 10.1080/13602365.2017.1320576. Green open access

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Abstract

The Constructivists of the Soviet 1920s desired to suffuse architecture with revolutionary electricity. They dreamt of creating radical new types of buildings, which would function as ‘power sources for the new order’ and ‘conductors and condensers of socialist culture’. But did the Stalinists, in fact, build more successful Social Condensers than their avant-garde predecessors? This paper explores this question with reference to the case of the Palace of Culture and Science, a Stalinist skyscraper ‘gifted’ to Warsaw by the Soviet Union in 1955.

Type: Article
Title: The Palace Complex: a Stalinist social condenser in Warsaw
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/13602365.2017.1320576
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/13602365.2017.1320576
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > SSEES
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10058095
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