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Special Collection

Architecture and Urban Design

Collection launched: 22 May 2017
This special collection analyses the relationship between state, citizen and dwelling. It interrogates the concepts of modernisation, urbanism and globalisation and explains how they relate to several transnational architectural developments of the twentieth century. Some articles in this collection resulted from an interdisciplinary conference on Socialist Modernity, which debated the significance of architecture and urban design in the context of the Cold War. The articles emphasise the role of aesthetics and visual culture in histories of architecture and move beyond this by examining the influence of urbanism on political and social development, and vice versa.