‘Central to the idea of the social condenser is the premise that architecture has the ability to influence social behavior. The intention of the social condenser was to influence the design of public spaces, with a goal of breaking down perceived social hierarchies in an effort to create socially equitable spaces.’ from Wikipedia
Александр Дейнека “В Районном Клубе” ///// Alexander Deyneka “At the local club”
‘In 1927, the editors of the leading Constructivist journal, Contemporary Architecture [Журнал Современная Архитектура], sketched out a radical architectural concept intended to foster a social revolution.
Led by Moisei Ginzburg, the editors declared that it was the duty of the Soviet architect to develop the ‘social condensers of our epoch’.
A ‘social condenser’, they explained, was architecture that ‘shaped and crystallised a new socialist way of life’.
Be it in the form of communal housing, public kitchens, workers’ clubs, administrative buildings, factories or parks, they insisted the social condenser should cultivate a new code of behaviours, norms and habits that would elevate human consciousness and secure the advancement of humanity, through the as yet unrealised potential of socialist organisation.
This was a daring vision based on the imagined virtues of greater human interaction and cooperation.’
from The Architectural Review