Tomorrow Began Yesterday

  • Konstantin Lidin Irkutsk State University of Railway Engineering


The phenomenon of the sixtiers was prepared by the previous historical period. The period after the World War II comprises a fundamental change of the world order – from a multipolar world to a confrontation of two superpowers and two ideological systems, and, at the same time, formation of a complex of international organizations on a global scale. In this context, the Soviet architecture made a sharp turn from Stalin’s Empire style to an extreme ascetism – the continuation of constructivism of the early XXth century. The Irkutsk architectural school, unlike the main flow of the 1960s, developed the style of Neo-Brutalism. The article draws parallels between Neo-Brutalism of the Irkutsk school and “a severe style” of the Soviet pictorial art of the same period.
How to Cite
LIDIN, Konstantin. Tomorrow Began Yesterday. project baikal, Russian Federation, n. 39-40, p. 38-42, jan. 2014. ISSN 2309-3072. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 18 sep. 2019. doi:


Sixtiers; Socialist state; Stalin Empire style; Constructivism; Minimalism; Irkutsk architecture school; severe style