“City” symbolically stands for societal modernization. In the Western world it is considered as a place of participation in social processes and discourses, as a place of economic innovation and as a place of political and social balance of interests. But what was “city” or “urbanity” in the Soviet Union? And especially: What does “city” or “urbanity” mean nowadays under new political and societal conditions in the successor states of the Soviet Union?

This blog aims to address these questions of urban reconfiguration and reorientation in post-Soviet space in between Soviet legacies, new nation building, globalization and pluralization. Therefore, we look forward to your posts which will allow you to share and discuss your valuable insights and experiences in urban research and practice in post-Soviet space.





CfP: Small Trade in Post-Soviet Cities: Between Regulation and Informality

Dear all, Lela and I are organizing a special session on “Small Trade in Post-Soviet Cities: Between Regulation and Informality” at the RSA Conference in Izmir, Turkey (read more: RSA_CfA ). We look forward to interesting papers and fruitful discussions. So may be the topi

Urban Conflicts: monument conservation and new developements

Manifold conflicts characterize cities. The struggle between development interests and the preservation of cultural heritage represents one interesting source of urban conflict which seems to be prevalent in particular in cities of transition.  The article of Alexander Litvin touches

Media response on the roundtable „Perspectives and Conflicts of Housing in post-Soviet Urban Regions”

The roundtable was organized by partners of the ira.urban network on the occasion of the International Festival of Architecture in Minsk, September 2013. Eight experts discussed about the perspectives of urban housing, especially in Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan. Now, Alexan

CfA: 2 ira.urban PhD fellowships!

We are very happy to offer two new ira.urban PhD fellowships! The prosposed fields of research are as follows: Structural change of post-Soviet city regions: Comparative research on socio-economic dynamics and interregional linkages. Peripheries of post-Soviet city regions: Trends, fa

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