The Embassy of the Czech Republic, in collaboration with the Slovak American Society of Washington, DC, and American Sokol, Washington, DC, presents the book Manufacturing a Socialist Modernity: Housing in Czechoslovakia, 1945-1960 with author Kimberly Zarecor, Professor of Architecture at Iowa State University, on February 23, 2017, at 6 pm.
Manufacturing a Socialist Modernity: Housing in Czechoslovakia, 1945-1960, published in 2011, focuses on the intersection of architects, housing design, and the state apparatus in the early years of Communist Party rule. It follows the development and deployment of standardized mass-housing types such as the prefabricated structural panel building and examines the relationship between communism and architecture. It was awarded an honorable mention by the Czechoslovak Studies Association for the 2011–12 Book Prize and was an official selection for the Book Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Academia Press published a Czech translation of the book in February 2015 in the series “Šťastné zítřky."
Location: Embassy of the Czech Republic
3900 Spring of Freedom Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008
RSVP by February 22 to https://booktalkwithkimberly.eventbrite.com
Embassy policy: No bags or suitcases allowed. Only small purses permitted but will be checked at the door. You must pass through security for entrance. RSVP confirmation and photo ID required. Doors open at 5:30 pm and close at 6:15 pm.