Architecture of Descent

  title={Architecture of Descent},
  author={Olga Sezneva},
  journal={Journal of Urban History},
  pages={767 - 787}
  • O. Sezneva
  • Published 1 July 2013
  • History
  • Journal of Urban History
The focus of this article is on the relationship between history, identity, and architectural design in a city defined by dispossession and displacement. The former German Königsberg, today’s Russian Kaliningrad, was annexed, repopulated, and rebuilt during the postwar Soviet period. The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 cast a critical light on this annexation, and problematized the belonging of the city to Russia by territorially cutting it off. Using two urban designs of historicized… 

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