Andres Kurg is a Spring 2017 Juris Padegs Visiting Senior Researcher in European Studies. He is Senior Researcher at the Institute of Art History, Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn. His research explores the architecture and design of the Soviet Union in the late 1960s and 1970s in relation to technological transformations and changes in everyday life as well as its intersections with alternative art practices.
While at the Yale, he will work on a book project entitled “Decentering Postmodernism: Critical Architecture and the Crisis of the Future in the Soviet Union, 1968-1988.” This project follows the dynamics of critical architectural practices in the Soviet Union from the late 1960s to mid-1980s, with a double aim: to map out the historical circumstances of its emergence and to examine its parallels and connections to the postmodern turn in the West. By focusing on the moments of contact and interaction across national borders, this research will also bring forth the network and institutions that made possible an imagined community of architects engaged in a search for an alternative to modernity.