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Urban Aesthetics in Post-Socialist City with German Past: Practices of Assessing and Producing Aesthetic Properties of Architecture

The research project “Urban Aesthetics in Post-Socialist City with German Past: Practices of Assessing and Producing Aesthetic Properties of Architecture” conducted by CGES affiliated researcher Anastasia Halauniova, University of Amsterdam, focused on the role of aesthetic judgement and aesthetic changes of architecture in a city with a  complex, multi-layered history of repossession – Wroclaw in Poland. It traced the political meanings of aesthetic tastes of various city professionals, and the ways in which they practice these tastes in decisions on the renovation of German and Soviet-period architecture. In summer, 2017, Anastasia conducted a fieldtrip to Wroclaw, in order to study the shift of a group of urban activists, city bureaucrats, and architects towards anesthetization of socialist modernist architecture in the city. As a result of the empirical study, Anastasia published a CGES working paper on “Talking Pictures, Silent Pictures: The Mediating Role of Photographs in Studying Urban Aesthetics”, reflecting on the peculiarities of field study methods that utilize photographs.