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Landscapes of Postmodernity: Changes in the Built Fabric of Belgrade and Sofia Since the End of Socialism

Landscapes of Postmodernity: Changes in the Built Fabric of Belgrade and Sofia Since the End of... In this article, I discuss recent physical changes in the built fabric of the Serbian capital of Belgrade and the Bulgarian capital of Sofia. I apply two bodies of literature, involving postsocialist urban transitions and postmodern urban transitions. I present empirical observations on changes in building functions, scales, and styles in both cities. I show that certain general common traits prevail in the evolution of urban forms in both Belgrade and Sofia, but I also argue that the contrasting social and cultural experiences of Serbia and Bulgaria during socialism and postsocialism produced some locally specific results. I further suggest that post-socialist cities represent textbook examples of urban postmodernization, much as socialist cities epitomized the essential legacy of modernist urbanity. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Urban Geography Taylor & Francis

Landscapes of Postmodernity: Changes in the Built Fabric of Belgrade and Sofia Since the End of Socialism

Urban Geography , Volume 29 (8): 26 – Nov 1, 2008
26 pages

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Taylor & Francis
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Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1938-2847
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0272-3638
DOI
10.2747/0272-3638.29.8.785
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Abstract

In this article, I discuss recent physical changes in the built fabric of the Serbian capital of Belgrade and the Bulgarian capital of Sofia. I apply two bodies of literature, involving postsocialist urban transitions and postmodern urban transitions. I present empirical observations on changes in building functions, scales, and styles in both cities. I show that certain general common traits prevail in the evolution of urban forms in both Belgrade and Sofia, but I also argue that the contrasting social and cultural experiences of Serbia and Bulgaria during socialism and postsocialism produced some locally specific results. I further suggest that post-socialist cities represent textbook examples of urban postmodernization, much as socialist cities epitomized the essential legacy of modernist urbanity.

Journal

Urban GeographyTaylor & Francis

Published: Nov 1, 2008

Keywords: postsocialist cities; postmodern urbanism; Belgrade; Sofia

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