A socialist built legacy in a small shrinking city: the case of Zernograd, Southern Russia
Journal Title: TERRITORIO
Author/s: Elena Batunova, Rilind Cocaj, Zana Sokoli, Shohei Kuma
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The future of the built legacy in the shrinking cities is usually discussed in literature from two points of view: the difficulties of preserving the architectural legacy under conditions of shrinkage and the opportunities that it can create for cities’ rehabilitation. Our paper aims to explore how urban shrinkage affects the built legacy of the socialist period in a city without pre-socialist history, identity and population - Zernograd. The study demonstrates through field observation, literature review, statistical and document analysis and online survey that the initial phase of urban shrinkage contributes positively to the preservation and maintenance of socialist built legacy and also gives time for its reevaluation, while dissatisfaction with obsolete functions and a lack of resources for renovation puts its future at risk.
Keywords: Shrinking city; built legacy; socialist legacy
Elena Batunova, Rilind Cocaj, Zana Sokoli, Shohei Kuma, in "TERRITORIO" 91/2019, pp. 97-106, DOI:10.3280/TR2019-091010