Interstitial EP027

Architecture in Global Socialism
by Łukasz Stanek

Architects, planners, and construction firms from socialist Eastern Europe shaped the urbanization of West Africa and the Middle East during the Cold War in ways we had not, until now, considered. Łukasz Stanek examines the strategic ambitions and sometimes contradictory motivations behind this global cooperation.


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Architecture in Global Socialism: Eastern Europe, West Africa, and the Middle East in the Cold War
Łukasz Stanek
Princeton University Press
January 2020

Łukasz Stanek is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at the Manchester Architecture Research Centre, The University of Manchester, UK. Stanek authored Henri Lefebvre on Space: Architecture, Urban Research, and the Production of Theory (2011) and edited the first publication in any language of Lefebvre’s book about architecture, Toward an Architecture of Enjoyment (2014). In his recent research, Stanek studies socialist internationalism as a framework of global urbanization and its architecture. On this topic he edited Team 10 East: Revisionist Architecture in Real Existing Modernism (2014). His book Architecture in Global Socialism: Eastern Europe, West Africa, and the Middle East in the Cold War, which focuses on the collaboration between architects, planners, and construction companies from socialist countries and postcolonial countries, was published by Princeton University Press in 2020. Before Manchester, Stanek taught at the ETH Zurich, and held visiting positions at Harvard University and the University of Michigan.


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