Stalinist Architecture - Attempts To Decrease Costs (1948–1955)

Attempts To Decrease Costs (1948–1955)

A change from Stalinist architecture to standard prefabricated concrete is usually associated with Khrushchev's reign and particularly the November 1955 decree On liquidation of excesses ... (November, 1955). Indeed, Khrushchev was involved in a cost-reduction campaign, but it began during 1948, while Stalin was alive. A conversion to mass construction is evident in economy Stalinist buildings like Zholtovsky's Bolshaya Kaluzhskaya, 7. Based on masonry, they provided only a marginal gain; there had to be new technology. During 1948–1955, various architectural offices conduct an enormous feasibility study, devising and testing new technologies.

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