Current Institutional Affiliation
Emerging Educator in Design, Lecturer, Landscape Architecture, University of Washington

Award Information

International Dissertation Research Fellowship 2013
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
Art History/Architecture, University of Michigan
The Industrialization of Siberia and Soviet City-Environment Interactions: Krasnoyarsk, 1950s-70s

This dissertation critically reassesses the relationship between late-Soviet industrial urbanism and the Siberian landscape. How did the local urbanists tasked with "building Communism" in the post-Stalin period—by expanding factory production, providing housing to the newly urbanized masses, and achieving the fusion [sliianie] of town and countryside—engage with both 'place' and 'plan' during the push to industrialize, modernize, and scientifically manage Soviet cities? Specifically, how did architects and planners discursively and materially construct the "Soviet city" in Siberia, a culturally and climatically fraught environment for industrial citybuilding? When and where did the Siberian 'site-specificity' of terrain, climate, and abiotic systems mutually influence the "standardized" design, construction, and reception of late Soviet urbanism? In order to adequately address the multiple scales and network of city-environment interactions, this dissertation focuses on the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, a provincial capital vividly transformed by the triple currents of industrialization, environmental awareness, and large-scale infrastructural interventions. Preliminary research suggests that local urbanists in the post-Stalin period treated Siberian citybuilding as an opportunity for mutual influence and benefit between nature and society, rather than a one-dimensional attempt at "mastery over nature." By investigating the ideology and professional norms shaping Siberian city-environment relations, this dissertation contributes to interdisciplinary conversations on the more-than-human city, Soviet center-periphery relations, and 20th century architectural history. Methodologically, it draws on urban environmental history modes to assess key sites such as the Krasnoyarsk Hydroelectric Dam, Yenisei River embankment, bridges, and industrially-oriented left-bank districts, using regional archives and other sources not available to Cold War-era historians.