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The “Architecture Utopia Realism” thematic issue of Serbian Architecture Journal presents research articles which examine specific histories and theories of realism in architectural discourses of the twentieth century. The context and thematic framework of the issue are introduced in the short research position paper by the guest editor Ljiljana Blagojević. In the sequel, five full length research papers offer an international perspective on the subject. In his article focused on the practices of socialist realism in architecture and urban planning, Alessandro De Magistris argues for a nuanced re-consideration of historiography research and architectural practices, which aims to expose the intricate complexity of the Soviet experience. The contribution authored by Silvia Malcovati provides a well documented review of realism in architectural discourse in post-WW2 Italy and its reflections in the wider European and American contexts, as well as contemporary resonances in the field of philosophy. The critique of realism as proposed by Manfredo Tafuri, one of the key intellectual figures in the field of architectural history and theory who entered into international debates on the subject in the 1980s, is closely scrutinized and historically contextualized in the article by Luka Skansi. Comparative reading of two literary narratives, one being an architectural treatise and the other a novel, in the article by Tijana Vujošević, aims to construct a critique of the anti-urban utopianism in the American context. Finally, questions of contemporary architectural practice concerning relations of project and context against the theoretical notions of the real and utopian, are addressed from the point of view of a practicing architect in the article by Krunoslav Ivanišin.

[Ljiljana Blagojević, guest editor]

ARCHITECTURE UTOPIA REALISM: THEMATIC FRAMEWORK
Ljiljana Blagojević

THE UTOPIA OF REALITY. REALISMS IN ARCHITECTURE BETWEEN IDEOLOGY AND PHENOMENOLOGY
Silvia Malcovati

(SOC)REALISMS IN PRACTICE: RE-READING THE SOVIET EXPERIENCE IN THE 1930s
Alessandro De Magistris

MANFREDO TAFURI AND THE CRITIQUE OF REALISM
Luka Skansi

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT, AYN RAND AND HYPER-CAPITALIST UTOPIA
Tijana Vujošević

PLACE [SPACE] NON-PLACE
Krunoslav Ivanišin