Thursday, 17 October 2013

Why Modernist Heritage? / რატომ მოდერნისტული მემკვიდრეობა?


In post soviet and post socialist countries, modernist built spaces with their intrinsic land use patterns, functionalities, spatial organizations, modes of material assemblage and aesthetic qualities - with their entireties, are the artifacts of planning culture with a social ideal as its generative core. They are the artifacts of political economy with different foundations and aspirations than today’s. These spaces are materialized efforts. No matter how plain, immature or inaccurate these ideals and efforts could seem to the critical observer retrospectively.

Due to these properties, such spaces turn out to be inadmissible in the current logic of production of space. In their entireties, they are abnormal errors in the urban imaginations of new administrators, real estate developers and entrepreneurs. That is why, consciously or unconsciously, they are the objects of attack in every possible way.

Naomi Klein, in her book “The Shock Doctrine” described the importance of retaining the collective memory for effective resistance to the free market shock therapy and its consequences. Modernist built spaces are framing structures of substantial part of our collective memory, while their destruction means vanishing of these structures and disappearance of spatial knowledge with different epistemological background. Therefore, the question of their adequate evaluation and protection is primarily a political affair.

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