East-West Passages

Towards an Integral History of Post-War Architecture in Europe
Eds. Ákos Moravánszky – Torsten Lange – Judith Hopfengärtner – Karl R. Kegler: East West Central. Re-Building Europe 1950–1990. Basel: Birkhäuser Verlag 2017, 3 volume)

Text: Béla Kerékgyártó

What was the link between the western and eastern halves of Europe which had been divided according to power blocks for decades? How can we write the history of post-war architecture in an integrated framework? This was the primary issue of three international conferences held in ETH Zurich between 2014 and 2016, the lectures of which have been extended with studies and thus published in three volumes by Birkhäuser Verlag. This project was initiated and managed by Ákos Moravánszky, professor of ETH Institute of Architectural History and Theory who had organised the large-scale events with the help of his three assistants, Judith Hopfengärtner, Karl R. Kegler and Torsten Lang. The series was published with the title East West Central. Re-Building Europe 1950–1990 which refers to the task of mediating and uniting Eastern and Westren Europe which still has to be done.