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Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism (GSU) is a learning and research division of the Faculty of Urban and Regional Development of the National Research University Higher School of Economics. Founded in 2011, the School takes a multidisciplinary approach towards studying and planning modern cities, using the excellent foundation that one of Russia’s top universities has formed in the humanities and socioeconomics. The School’s mission is to create a centre in Russia for learning and research in urban studies and urban planning. It is envisioned that this centre will respond to the needs of the 21st century city and the corresponding era of megacities that are home to tens of millions of people with diverse interests and aspirations. These are cities where sources of information grow and the space for civil, creative, and economic opportunities expands. From 2016 the School is officially named in honor of its first dean and one of the founders — Alexander Vysokovsky (1948-2014).
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Helsinki: University of Helsinki, 2019.
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The utopia of standardisation was most fully implemented in the Soviet urban project. Rigid socialist understanding of the standard tended to equate it with the ‘norm’, both in urban planning and architectural design. In the second half of the XX century Soviet architectural production underwent a significant process of ‘normalisation’ expressed in the creation of norms, ‘design rules’ and the use of typical projects. A centralised and strictly hierarchical institutional system was established to develop these norms and localise them for the vast territory of the USSR. In the post-socialist period, planners in various countries undertook particular efforts to adapt Soviet planning modus to the new economic and political realities or to develop new urban standards. Attempts to develop design guidelines, manuals seek to address the weight of new residents’ requests, new urban realities of decentralisation of authority and emerging new players in urban planning, and fill the legal void. On the other hand, these projects sometimes replicate old Soviet methods of finding ‘universal formulas’.
A special issue of ‘Urban Research and Practices’ places standards in housing and urban environment in the foreground, and in doing so aims to propose them as a means to discuss the post-socialist transition. We invite contributions about the standards of the housing sector and city planning. Proposed articles may cover, among others, the following topics:
‘Urban Studies and Practices’ is an international peer-reviewed academic journal issued by Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism of the HSE University Russia. The journal is indexed in the RISC (Russian Index of Science Citation).
We publish original research papers both in Russian and in English. Articles may include any visual materials i.e. photos, graphs, maps, formulae etc. We accept research articles under 9 000 words, and reviews up to 3 000 words.
Please send your materials to our email address email@example.com before October, 14 2018 and mark them as ‘Article’ (‘Review’) in the header of the email.
Ernst Neufert. Bauentwurfslehre, 1936 (Architects’ Data – Standard)