Ural State University of Architecture and Art

ISSN 1990-4126

Authors

Steklova
Irina
A.

PhD (Art Studies), Associate Professor,
Penza State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering,

Russia, Penza, e-mail: i_steklo60@mail.ru

PUBLICATIONS

Steklova Irina A.
SAINT PETERSBURG VERTICALS BETWEEN POWER AND FREEDOM

Architecton: Proceedings of Higher Education №3 (51) September, 2015

The author presents St. Petersburg as the flagship of the Russian state’s regular transformations which gave birth to regular mythology. The history of St. Petersburg is shown to have sublimated into the metaphysics of history, dating back to the ancient heroics by the myth. Thus, the history of Alexander Column in Palace Square in St. Petersburg illustrates the mythologizing strategy of statehood continuity from antiquity, surrounded with superlatives. Alexander Column was real proof of the Empire’s power over the world, causing massive enthusiasm. Alexander Pushkin contrasted it to "monument without hands" as a speculative vertical of freedom, combining horizontal space. It marked the beginning of the freedom mythology. In particular, it is reflected in the literary debates on the prototype of the "monument without hands" opposition, which indirectly confirms the romantic understanding of architecture as concentrate symbols of the history in the second quarter of the 19th century.

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Steklova I.A. SAINT PETERSBURG VERTICALS BETWEEN POWER AND FREEDOM [Online] //Architecton: Proceedings of Higher Education. – 2015. – №3(51). – URL: http://archvuz.ru/en/2015_3/10 

Steklova Irina A.
EMPIRE AS A STYLE OF STATE POWER MYTHOLOGY

Architecton: Proceedings of Higher Education №2 (50) June, 2015

The author extends the understanding of one of the art styles that was fundamental for the image of St. Petersburg in the first half of the 19th century to the understanding of the style of state power mythology. The article reviews how the meanings conveyed by the state through Empire aesthetics transformed into its aesthetics, how the formal compositional solutions implemented in the tolerances of specific architectural spaces converted into the aesthetics of state power over the world. The author provides examples of Alexander Pushkin’s stereoscopic ideas concerning state power in the worldviews, architectonic modeling techniques of the integral world in the orientation, dimensions, or infinity, subordination of bearing and borne entities. The role of horizontals and verticals is highlighted. The artificial verticals of St. Petersburg which served to transform the horizontal landscape into a picturesque one are positioned as gestures of state ideology and, at the same time, as romantic resistance to it. Alexander’s Column in St. Petersburg Palace Square dedicated to the victory in the Patriotic War and to victorious Alexander I is shown as the prototype of Pushkin’s resistance to state power mythology.

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Steklova I.A. EMPIRE AS A STYLE OF STATE POWER MYTHOLOGY [Online] //Architecton: Proceedings of Higher Education. – 2015. – №2(50). – URL: http://archvuz.ru/en/2015_2/10 

Steklova Irina A.
THE CONCEPT OF LITERARY CENTRISM OF MEANING GENERATION IN ARCHITECTURE: THE PARADOXES

Architecton: Proceedings of Higher Education №4 (48) December, 2014

The article presents a concept of meaning generation in architecture with the help of belle-lettres literature and considers paradoxes resolved within the framework of this concept, both fundamental and specific for national culture.

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Steklova I.A. THE CONCEPT OF LITERARY CENTRISM OF MEANING GENERATION IN ARCHITECTURE: THE PARADOXES [Online] //Architecton: Proceedings of Higher Education. – 2014. – №4(48). – URL: http://archvuz.ru/en/2014_4/7 

Steklova Irina A., Ragujina Olesya I.
ARCHITECTONICS OF CREATIVENESS: LOFTS

Architecton: Proceedings of Higher Education №1 (45) March, 2014

The article discusses the concept of "creativeness" and "creative space" in an attempt to approximate the traditions of similar ideas with respect to architecture in the context of early 20th century Russian literature and Russian painting. A comparison is made with the modern concept of "creative space" as it is understood within one of the trends towards economic recovery of industrial cities through reconstruction of discontinued factories and lofts as their basic units of clusters. The authors have traced back the genesis and the development phase of this trend as a phenomenon of world culture and a professional activity of architects and designers, and the relevance of this trend for the future revival of the Russian provinces. Emphasis is made on the role of architecture and design in improving the qualities of the environment that motivate people towards creative self-expression. The basic spatial planning, imagery and semantic principles of lofts design in the world translating the architectonics of creativeness in reality. Approaches to practical implementation of the concept of "creative space" in Russia are shown with reference to the loft project “Etagi” in Saint-Petersburg.

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Steklova I.A., Ragujina O.I. ARCHITECTONICS OF CREATIVENESS: LOFTS [Online] //Architecton: Proceedings of Higher Education. – 2014. – №1(45). – URL: http://archvuz.ru/en/2014_1/7 

Steklova Irina A.
ON THE SEMANTICS OF THE ARCHITECTURAL ENVIRONMENT OF SAINT-PETERSBURG

Architecton: Proceedings of Higher Education №2 (42) June, 2013

The domain of architecture in Pushkin's works appears as the material aspect of Being conveying explicitly the aesthetic and ethical values. The author presents concrete characteristics of Saint-Petersburg’s architectural space expressing in a concentrated form the poet’s essential, philosophically weighty views. The article demonstrates that in his novel "Eugene Onegin" the poet focused attention on the scene of action no less passionately than on the characters. Obviously, Pushkin did not write about architecture as a self-sufficient and self-focused area. Rather, he wrote to convey the semantic messages of the architecture as part of the boundless world, either humane or inhumane, depending on the presentation of its concrete properties. The poet’s treatment of the spatial context is investigated as anticipating today's category of «architectural environment». Parallel analysis of the first chapter enacted in Saint-Petersburg and fine art works confirms the reputation of this novel as a universal model for studying various historical processes, including the history of architecture with its semantic wealth.

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Steklova I.A. ON THE SEMANTICS OF THE ARCHITECTURAL ENVIRONMENT OF SAINT-PETERSBURG [Online] //Architecton: Proceedings of Higher Education. – 2013. – №2(42). – URL: http://archvuz.ru/en/2013_2/13 

Steklova Irina A.
THE MAIN CHARACTERS AND THE ARCHITECTURAL ENVIRONMENT OF SAINT-PETERSBURG

Architecton: Proceedings of Higher Education №1 (41) March, 2013

The article is an attempt to reconstruct the early 19th century ideas concerning the history of architecture of Saint-Petersburg in the context of notions appearing in the poetic, prosaic, publicistic texts of Alexander Pushkin. Actual architectural spaces are compared with their literary interpretations. The article draws a reciprocal connection between the architectural environment and its actors. The main characters of the novel "Eugene Onegin" are shown as conductors, carriers and direct creators of this northern capital’s character. Drawing on her analysis of architectural and art compositions and philological and philosophical examination, the author establishes a balance between the reconstruction of exterior and interior spaces of Saint-Petersburg in 1820-1824 and the modelling of meanings in the perception of those spaces. The poetic text sets a context for unravelling how the literary characters and the author yielded to the effects of the city through specific spatial circumstances and its architectural materiality and were drawn into emotional experiences associated with its variable and diverse forms.

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Steklova I.A. THE MAIN CHARACTERS AND THE ARCHITECTURAL ENVIRONMENT OF SAINT-PETERSBURG [Online] //Architecton: Proceedings of Higher Education. – 2013. – №1(41). – URL: http://archvuz.ru/en/2013_1/12