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Kimberly E Zarecor
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Iowa State University
Associate Professor of Architecture
146 College of Design

715 Bissell Rd

Ames, IA  

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About My Work
I am an architectural and urban historian of Eastern Europe working on Czech and Slovak cities, as well as the socialist city as a global urban typology. My dissertation and subsequent monograph based on this research looked at Czechoslovak housing in the 1940s and 1950s during the early decades of the communist regime. This work included tracing the history of prefabricated panel housing in the Eastern Bloc and looking at the national contexts in which this technology took hold. My newest work is about the socialist city as a type that was both similar and different from other postwar urban typologies. Despite the breadth of new research in the region in terms of case studies, global urban history still tends to segregate communist cities from the rest of the world and rarely engages with them. In this new work, I want to create a knowledge base about socialist cities around the world from which they can become part of comparative global urban studies in a more rigorous and productive way. I am also part of the Second World Urbanity research network, a group of scholars also working to build this fundamental knowledge.
"The Proletarian Good Life in the Housing Estates of Coldwar Czechoslovakia," in Architecture and the Housing Question, eds. J. Maxim and C. Bilsel, in preparation for Routledge (2018).

"What Was So Socialist about the Socialist City?: Second World Urbanity in Europe," forthcoming in the Journal of Urban History (2017)

"Architecture in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union." In A Critical History of Contemporary Architecture, 1960-2010, Elie Haddad and David Rifkind, eds. London; New York: Ashgate, 2014.

"Socialism on Display: The Czechoslovak and Yugoslav Pavilions at the 1958 Brussels World's Fair" (co-author with Vladimir Kulic, Florida Atlantic University). In Meet Me At the Fair: A World’s Fair Reader. L. Hollengreen, et. al., eds. Pittsburgh: ETC/Carnegie Mellon Press, 2014.

Infrastructural Thinking: Urban Housing in Former Czechoslovakia from the Stalin Era to EU Accession." In The Housing Question: Tensions, Continuities, and Contingencies in the Modern City, Edward Murphy and Najib Hourani, eds. London; New York: Ashgate, 2013.

"Czech Panelaks are Disappearing, But the Housing Estates Remain" (co-author with Eva Špacková, VŠB-Technical University in Ostrava), Architektura & urbanizmus, vol. 46, no. 3-4 (2012): 288-301.

"Socialist Cities after Socialism: The Past, Present, and Future of Postwar Housing in the Czech Republic," East European Politics and Society, vol. 26, no. 3 (August 2012): 486-509.

Manufacturing a Socialist Modernity: Housing in Czechoslovakia, 1945-1960. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011.
Professional Associations
Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Annual Meeting
Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting