Metsamor, the workers' town adjacent to the eponymous Armenian nuclear power plant, is a symbol of the Soviet-Armenien dream of technolgoical progress. Over the course of nearly two decades, construction of the town advanced at a rapid pace. However, a devastating earthquake in 1988 and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 led to the shutdown of the power plant, and, subsequently, all construction in Metsamor came to a halt. By the time the plant reopened in 1995, the town had become disengaged from its original purpose and people were living in a half-built and largely abandoned urban skeleton. This book tells the city's intriguing story in full and reveals what lessons can be learned from it.
We are delighted that books from both Park Books and Scheidegger & Spiess made it on the list of the 25 Most Beautiful German Books 2018: New Housing in Zurich, Auftritt Appenzell, and American Reader at Home.
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On photographs of empty architectural spaces and images of contemporary housing interiors in the world wide web.
The official publication of the Swiss Pavillion at the 2018 International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, winner of the Golden Lion for best national participation.> More