The Political Context of Architecture

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Tamar Amashukeli


Total control over everything and everyone by the government is, of course, characteristic not only for the 20th century. But what is called totalitarianism in political science is in fact a phenomenon of the past century. It differs from the similar regimes known in history such as dictatorship, tyranny, monarchy, etc. by an attempt to control through violent methods not only the human behavior but mentality and conscious. Art is one of the first fields where ideological directives are intensively introduced. The Soviet system did not leave a single area of art without subordination to serve its ideology. At this stage, I would like to focus on architecture.

The „creative process“, enclosed in a strict frame, fully controlled authors, unclear criteria, serial and uniform production, largely destroys creativity, individuality and quality of the Soviet architecture. Unreasonable, illogical eclecticism becomes the main trend of the Soviet architecture.

Published: Dec 20, 2019

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ამაშუკელი თ. (2019). The Political Context of Architecture. Academia. Retrieved from