The Soviet Banya and the Mass Production of Hygiene

Tijana Vujosevic

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Around 1930, during the era of the First Five-Year Plan, the Russian urban bathhouse, or banya, was collectivized and placed under state care. How did changes in the architecture of the model banyas of Moscow and Leningrad articulate the changing role of the banya as a site of pleasure, cure, and socialization? How do the aesthetics, ethics, and choreography of bathing in this period illustrate the relationship between the state and the urban proletariat as mediated by modern technology? How did they reflect the vision of the Communist society as a mechanized universe?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
JournalArchitectural Histories
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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