New from DOM publishers:
Architectural Guide Kyiv
100 Iconic Buildings since 1925
The war in Ukraine is changing the country’s appearance; many regions, villages and cities are destroyed. Significant buildings in Kyiv and vital infrastructure have also come under fire. The damage and destruction are not limited to the buildings in the city, but also the cultural heritage of a living metropolis.
The Architectural Guide Kyiv presents over 100 notable buildings from the last century of the city’s history, compiled by Ukrainian architectural historian and Kyiv-native Semen Shyrochyn. In five, chronologically separated and richly illustrated sections this guide looks at typical residential complexes from the period of Avant-garde architecture, imposing palaces from the Stalin era, iconic designs belonging to Soviet Modernism, and the most significant construction projects built since Ukraine acquired its independence in 1991.
In over 300 pages, this bilingual (English and Ukrainian) architectural guide presents representative examples of the architectural heritage of Kyiv, a city closely linked to the Russian and Soviet past. But Shyrochyn also takes a knowledgeable and differentiated look at the more recent developments to the built culture of the metropolis – a capitalist architecture that has quickly evolved since the country’s independence and which often was built at detrimental cost to existing historic structures, but which also symbolises the societal transformation of the county: the abandoning of Soviet style socialism and quest for integration into the European community of nations.
This guide is published in the context of the Histories of Ukrainian Architecture series, which was initiated by DOM publishers. The series will include books on current and historic topics involving architecture, urban design, planning methods, and portraits of architects. These titles are published in cooperation with Kyiv-based Osnovy Publishing, in Ukrainian, English and German language editions. Among the Architectural Guides are also those of Kharkiv, the Moldovan capital Chisinau, and the Georgian capital Tbilisi. They are intended to enable a better understanding of Central and Eastern Europe.
All images: © Semen Shyrochyn
The Architectural Guides by DOM publishers are handy travel companions for readers interested in architecture and culture. Projects are carefully selected and researched to make each individual book a ready work of reference, while background information and attractive design inspire armchair travellers to imaginary journeys. The series has received several awards which led to DOM publishers being presented with the Deutscher Verlagspreis (German Publisher Award) in 2020 and 2022. Further information at: dom-publishers.com