Cold War Modern Architecture Special, double issue of “Herito”

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Cold War Modern Architecture

Special, double issue of Herito” quarterly

Spodek” in Katowice and the Warsaw Rotunda are well-known symbols of the postwar Modernism in Poland. On the other hand, the Czechoslovakian, Yugoslavian, Romanian or Hungarian masterpieces of Cold War architecture are hardly known here. For the first time in Poland, distinguished critics of architecture, architects and urban planners offer a wide perspective on the phenomenon of Cold War Modernism in Central and Eastern Europe.

The latest issue of “Herito” quarterly – “Cold War Modern Architecture” – offers an unbiased approach to the architectonic landscape of the former “communist democracies”. Overcoming the stereotype of the “concrete jungle style” required significant critical distance. Recently, the architecture of late Modernism has become a popular topic, yet this time the aim of critical revision was to reach beyond the borders of Poland. Texts published in “Herito” offer an interesting perspective on remarkable architects who chose their own artistic path, while confronting the International Style in its heyday. They opposed the system, going against any doctrines, be it political or architectural. Despite the enormous scale of war damage and the necessity to build from scratch, they became the architects of continuity. Against this background, they developed their original language of architecture, while many of them are at present considered architecture icons.


The bilingual, Polish-English “Herito” quarterly has been published since 2010 by the International Cultural Centre in Krakow. Contributors include Polish and international specialists on fields covered by theme-based issues. The quarterly focuses on culture, arts, social sciences, and cultural heritage. It creates a unique platform for discussion on Central-Eastern Europe, offering an important contribution to the debates on issues of identity, the present and the future of Central European countries.

The special issue features:

Henrieta Moravčíková, “Slovakia: Searching for New Form”

Radomíra Sedláková, “New Things Take Getting Used To: Karel Prager”

Szymon Piotr Kubiak, “«Special Buildings» in the City of Ruins: Hermann Henselmann”

Łukasz Galusek, “Modernity Ingrained: Edo Ravnikar”

Urša Komac, “The Unconventional Modernity of Bogdan Bogdanović and Jože Plečnik”

Ivan Ristić, “The Spaces of Contemplation”

Łukasz Galusek, “Radically: Bogdan Bogdanović”

Bogdan Bogdanović, “The Lost City” (excerpt) with photographs by Michał Korta

Łukasz Galusek, “Skopje: an Unfinished City of Solidarity”

Ewa Chojecka, “Tychy – the Once Socialist Town Today”

Paweł Jaworski, Anna Syska, “The Socmodernist Centre of Katowice”

Michał Wiśniewski, “(R)evolution: Krakow School of Modernism”

Szegő György, “Hungary: an Alternative Moderne Forced into Obscurity”
“Herito” is also available in digital edition for iOS at App Store and for Android at Google Play in two language versions – Polish and English.


The ICC media coverage: TVP Kraków, Radio Kraków Małopolska, OFF Radio Kraków, Gazeta Wyborcza, Tygodnik Powszechny, Karnet, In Your Pocket, Polski Portal Kultury, Ahice

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