Many Polish villages boast remarkable examples of recent sacred architecture. Churches such as Świętej Łucji (St. Lucia) in the Warsaw suburb of Rembertów, Świętego Michała Archanioła (St. Michael the Archangel) in Kamion, in the township of Młodzieszyn in central Poland, and Świętego Franciszka z Asyżu (St. Francis of Assisi) in Mierzowice, Lower Silesia, might at first glance appear to be centuries-old monuments (Figure 1). Upon closer examination, however, they are clearly recognizable as examples of neohistoricist architecture, in which carefully chosen historical references have been combined with late twentieth-century forms and technology. This article makes the case that these buildings are best understood as constituting a...
Bottom-Up Postmodernism: Unauthorized Church Architecture in Socialist Poland
Florian Urban is a professor of architectural history and urban studies. He is the author of Neo-historical East Berlin (Ashgate, 2009), Tower and Slab (Routledge, 2012), The New Tenement: Residences in the Inner City since 1970 (Routledge, 2018), and Postmodern Architecture in Socialist Poland (Routledge, 2021). In 2018 he was a research fellow at the German Historical Institute in Warsaw. email@example.com
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Florian Urban; Bottom-Up Postmodernism: Unauthorized Church Architecture in Socialist Poland. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 1 December 2020; 79 (4): 459–477. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jsah.2020.79.4.459
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