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Back issue for magazine - Project Baltia 04/10 01/11 Towns

Project Baltia 04/10 01/11 Towns Vladimir Semenov, the well-known Russian urban planner and follower of Ebenezer Howard, proved in the 1920s that the town is the best kind of settlement for human beings. In the debates waged between urbanists and disurbanists the humane concept of the garden city was subsequently discarded as petit-bourgeois. Nevertheless, the industrial town, even if not quite the kind of town that Semenov had in mind, was a type of settlement that was respected in Soviet times, as we can see from the 1963 film Two Sundays.
In our post-industrial age, the situation has been reversed. We are all in a hurry to move to the megalopolis, and if anyone has any thought of running in the other direction, then their desired destination is a Tolstovian rural idyll. The small town is invisible through the lens of the global media; it is becoming a non-place, even if life in it is continuing. The curators of the Russian Pavilion at the 12th Biennale of Architecture in Venice proposed making a radical intervention in the fate of the ‘dying’ town, using Vyshny Volochek as an illustration of how the potential of the post-industrial space can be activated to give the small town a new vitality.


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