USSR: Space Optimism in the 1960s’ Design

  • Renata Canevari Universidade de Vigo
  • Sofía Venzel Universidade de Vigo
Keywords: Design, Space Age, Optimism, Society, USSR


This paper is based on a review of historical events in the USSR, which took place against the backdrop of the golden decade of the Soviet space age - the 1960s - and its relationship to the institutionalization of design in the country. The Soviet space design, little mentioned in the prevailing discourses of the discipline’s history, was a vehicle for the propaganda of socialism and holds interesting facts about social pride and optimism for the space. The interpretation of everyday artifacts from that Soviet period reaffirms the rhetorical power of design and consists of a meaningful representation of its material and visual culture.


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How to Cite
Canevari, R., & Venzel, S. (2020). USSR: Space Optimism in the 1960s’ Design. SOCIAL REVIEW. International Social Sciences Review / Revista Internacional De Ciencias Sociales, 9(3), pp. 191-206.