Late Soviet Architecture of Official Facilities

in Transcaucasian and Central Asian Capitals (1960-1980s)



The Soviet architecture of official facilities in Transcaucasia and Central Asia is marked by the joint interaction of Persian, ByzantineIslamic and Post-Stalinist Soviet cultures between Leonid Brezhnev's accession to power and the disintegration of the Soviet Union  (1964-1991). The idea of this database is to recognise these buildings as real cultural heritage in order to preserve them. This architecture is characterised by both ornamental and structural contributions in the design of public and governmental facilities.



Paul Wolkenstein is a HMONP architect and currently lives in Paris. He graduated from the Moscow Architectural Institute (2015) and the École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Paris - Val de Seine (2018). He also holds a master's degree in Russian history and Civilisation from the National Institute of Oriental Languages (2019). Today, he is a doctoral student at the CREE laboratory of INALCO, under the dual supervision of Pr. Taline Ter Minassian, a specialist in Transcaucasia and Pr. Catherine Poujol, a specialist in Central Asia. His research focuses on socialist modernism in the Soviet East. This website aims to gather in the form of a database the theoretical advances of this PhD.



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