Reconceptualizing Transition from the Socialist City to the Post-Socialist City: The Reproduction of Tashkent

Authors: Garrett Wolf*,
Topics: Urban Geography, Eurasia
Keywords: Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Architecture, Production, Transition, Urban Geography
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Virginia C, Marriott, Lobby Level
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This research looks at the co-production of urban space and urban everyday life in Tashkent, Uzbekistan since an architectural culture change, roughly coinciding with the post-earthquake (1966) period, to the present. Specifically, this work analyzes the links between modernization and urbanization as Uzbekistan transitioned from the Soviet Union, into independence, and over the history of independence, to explain the periods/processes of urban change, demodernization and urban development. These changes and their effects on urbanization can be seen in the physical change in Tashkent as well as in changes in everyday life. This research explores these changes through analyzing how urban everyday life in Tashkent interacted and interacts with architecture and urban space. In these differing spaces we can see how co-productions have changed over time, and specifically how these relations manifest in material space and practice. In this way we can use architecture to observe these relationships and their changes at a manageable scale, which can then inform us about changes at the level of the urban. By tracing these processes, and the resulting material and social changes we can better understand the recent history of Uzbekistan and the role of and connections between modernization (demodernization) and urbanization.

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