The Nonument Database is an online archive of the ongoing multidisciplinary research of twentieth-century built spaces. Rather than a glorified collection of obscurities and architectural styles, this database hopes to become a device for better understanding the impact of governmental changes to the uses of public space, the way we comprehend space and architecture, and the role the politics of space play in the creation of dominant narratives.

Our research methodology is multi-faceted: apart from classical methods, such as browsing archives, consulting written documents and on-site analysis, our researchers conduct interviews with members of the community to better understand their relationship to the Nonument in question. Each Nonument also has an oral histories archive, a collection of personal anecdotes, stories and memories, which traces the history (and present state) of twentieth-century architecture, public spaces and monuments and oftentimes testify about their inherent tensions.

Nonuments in the database are arranged by country, decade and type.

Type

  • Building
  • Infrastructure
  • Monument
  • Public Space

Decade

  • 1900s
  • 1910s
  • 1930s
  • 1940s
  • 1950s
  • 1960s
  • 1970s
  • 1980s

Country

  • Austria
  • Bulgaria
  • Czech Republic
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • USA

“Power and Light” Thermal Power Plant

Infrastructure | 1931 | Belgrade, Serbia

1300 years of Bulgaria

Monument | 1981 | Sofia, Bulgaria

Anschluss Monument

Monument | 1939 | Oberschützen, Austria

Banner of Peace

Monument | 1979 | Sofia, Bulgaria

Bundesamtsgebäude Erdberg

BuildingInfrastructure | 1987 | Vienna, Austria

Church of the Holy Trinity

Building | 1976 | Vienna, Austria

Franz-Josefs-Bahnhof

Infrastructure | 1978 | Vienna, Austria

G-Tower Arenbergpark

Infrastructure | 1944 | Vienna, Austria

G-Tower Augarten

Infrastructure | 1944 | Vienna, Austria

G-Tower Stiftskaserne

Infrastructure | 1944 | Vienna, Austria

Internationales Pressezentrum

BuildingInfrastructure | 1970 | Vienna, Austria

Iriški Venac TV tower

Infrastructure | 1975 | Iriški Venac, Serbia

L-Tower Arenbergpark

Infrastructure | 1944 | Vienna, Austria

L-Tower Augarten

Infrastructure | 1944 | Vienna, Austria

L-Tower Esterházypark

Infrastructure | 1944 | Vienna, Austria

Little Market at Kidričeva Street*

Public Space | 1958 | Maribor, Slovenia

Ljubljana Pioneer Railway

Infrastructure | 1948 | Ljubljana, Slovenia

Mausoleum of Georgi Dimitrov

Monument | 1949 | Sofia, Bulgaria

McKeldin Square Fountain

Public Space | 1982 | Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Mladinska Knjiga Printing House

Building | 1966 | Ljubljana, Slovenia

Modern Theatre

Building | 1908 | Sofia, Bulgaria

Monument to Mitko Palauzov

Monument | 1961 | Gabrovo, Bulgaria

Monument to the Soviet Army

Monument | 1954 | Sofia, Bulgaria

Monument to the Three Generations of Fighters for Freedom

Monument | 1976 | Perishtitsa, Bulgaria

Nuclear Power Plant Zwentendorf

Infrastructure | 1978 | Zwentendorf, Austria

Rafut Park and Villa

Building | 1914 | Nova Gorica, Slovenia

Residence of Todor Zhivkov

Building | 1977 | Bankya, Bulgaria

September – Maglizh was the First One

Monument | 1984 | Maglizh, Bulgaria

The Stone Bouquet Monument to People’s Heroes of Topola

Monument | 1975 | Topola, Serbia

Transgas

Infrastructure | 1976 | Prague, Czech Republic

Universitätszentrum Althanstrasse

BuildingInfrastructure | 1986 | Vienna, Austria

Wohnpark Alt-Erlaa

Building | 1985 | Vienna, Austria