Slavutych, a Ukrainian provincial city north of Kyiv, seems in many respects to belong to a different era. Built after the Chornobyl nuclear disaster in 1986 to replace the contaminated dwellings of workers from the power plant, Slavutych is the last "ideal" planned city of the Soviet Union. However, the city is also highly topical - particularly in times of political crisis in Eastern Europe. Slavutych is an architectural manifestation of the Soviet people's friendship, with architects throughout the Soviet Union involved in its planning and construction. As a result, Slavutych's postmodernist architecture is both characterised by socialist, Soviet paradigms and regional influences from the Caucasus region, Baltic States and Russia. Furthermore, the search of the last Soviet generation of architects for an environmentally sustainable, habitable architecture is of course still relevant today. The Architectural Guide Slavutych documents numerous buildings and all city districts, providing a critical analysis of unique late Soviet architecture and urban planning in the context of Perestroika.
Ievgeniia Gubkina, born 1985, architect, researcher and curator. Organised and held numerous conferences. Co-founder of the NGO Urban Forms Center. In 2013 she started the women's avant-garde movement Modernistky. Her research interests include modernist architecture, urban planning and planned cities as well as the heritage of Socialist cities. Currently working on a PhD project on Soviet workers' settlements in Ukraine in the 1920s and 1930s. Lives and works in Kharkiv.