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Building A New Feminism

Attendees joined architecture critic Owen Hatherley and philosopher Nina Power to explore Soviet communal architecture and the gender politics of the built environment. This event was in partnership with the Royal Academy.

What to expect

The October Revolution marked the beginning of a world-changing experiment into new ways of living through architecture, design and culture. And from the development of communal architecture to the rise of the communist worker, Russia witnessed a radical change in the social role of women in all spheres of work and leisure.

In this talk, architecture critic Owen Hatherley and philosopher Nina Power examined the relationship between architecture, politics and gender. In the Soviet era, communal housing aspired to create a more equal architectural environment, where traditional gender roles in the home would be abolished. What form of feminism did this architecture embody? And what lessons can we learn for the present in our pursuit of a more equal world?

This event was is in partnership with the Royal Academy.

Valentina Kulagina, We Build, 1930's, Ne boltai! Collection

Narkomtiazhprom, Schusev State Museum of architecture

Valentina Kulagina, Front cover design by Valentina Kulagina entitled 1st of May in ‘Krasnaya niva’ magazine, 1930, Ne boltai! Collection

Gustav Klutsis, Photomontage, lithography on paper, 1924, Ne boltai! Collection

Booking information

Adult £10, student/concession £7.50, Members £9

For a five day priority booking period Members have access to a limited number of tickets that are available at a 10% discount before tickets go on general release.


Nina Power

Nina Power is a philosopher and cultural critic. She is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy the University of Roehampton and a Tutor in Critical Writing at the Royal College of Art. Nina has written extensively on feminist theory, art and activism and is the author of One Dimensional Woman.

Owen Hatherley

Owen Hatherley is an architecture critic and theorist whose work has been published in Icon, Dezeen, The Guardian and the New Statesman. Known for his defence of modernist architecture, he is the author of Militant Modernism and Landscapes of Communism.

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Background image: Narkomtiazhprom, Schusev State Museum of architecture