May 6 – June 22, 2024


Residential neighborhoods developed during the Soviet era, have left an indelible mark on the urban landscapes and daily lives across Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus. These spaces not only reflect the architectural prowess of their time but also embody the social dynamics and contradictions of the post-Soviet era. Soviet urban planning, driven by political and ideological imperatives, was characterized by its rigidity and adherence to existing building technologies. Despite these constraints, this period gave rise to a rich tapestry of urban layouts and architectural styles. From the avant-garde's daring experiments blending private and communal spaces to the standardized microrayon plans—essentially miniature cities within cities—each manifestation speaks to a unique chapter in urban development.

The exhibition "Residential Heritage: Soviet Morphotypes and Typologies" presents the Soviet residential heritage in its various urban and typological forms with case studies from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.


Join us on May 22 for the Vernissage at 12:00 PM. There will be a guided tour of the exhibition with Polina Gundarina, M. A. in the framework of the architectural history course offered by Prof. Dr. Arnold Bartetzky.



Universität Leipzig
Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Wünschmannshof
Dittrichring 18–20 5th Floor, 04109 Leipzig
Opening hours Mon– Fri 8:00 - 16:00


Concept and content: Barbara Engel, Ekaterina Gladkova, Anastasia Malko, Marina Sapunova, Nora Staab

With contribution from: Sofija Bakanova, Volodymyr Bysov, Dmitrij Chmelnizki, Kateryna Didenko, Mikhail Vladimirovich Garelik, Andrei Nikolayevich Gonchar, Ksenia Gulyaeva, Tatsiana Ionet, Evgeniya Konysheva, Valery Vasilievich Kozlov, Dona Kulmatova, Lara Klein, Nini Palavandishvili, Heghine Pilosyan, Svitlana Smolenska, Jona Thiele, Mariia Tumureeva, Daria Volkova, Felix Weimert

Axonometries: Xenia Gulyaeva

Copy editing: Michael Thomas Taylor

Graphics and Layout: Bruno Dorn



Model of Chervonyi Promyslovets in Kharkiv, © Bernd Seeland