Imagine Moscow architecture, propaganda, revolution
Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution explores Moscow as it was envisioned by a bold generation of architects in the 1920s and early 1930s. Featuring rarely seen material, this book portrays a vision of the Soviet capital that was never realized but which still haunts the city today.
Imagine Moscow focuses on six unbuilt architectural landmarks, each telling its own story about the city: Ivan Leonidov?s Lenin Institute (1927), El Lissitzky?s ?Cloud Iron? (1924), Nikolai Ladovsky?s Communal House (1919), Nikolai Sokolov?s Health Factory (1927), the Vesnin brothers? Narkomtiazhprom (1934) and Boris Iofan?s Palace of the Soviets (1932). Each of these projects introduces a theme relevant to life and ideology in the Soviet Union: collectivization, urban planning, aviation, communication, industrialization, communal living and recreation.
Large-scale architectural plans, models and drawings are placed alongside propaganda posters, textiles and porcelain, contextualizing the transformation of Moscow as a city reborn. Edited by curator Eszter Steierhoffer, this book includes essays by writer Deyan Sudjic and architecture historians Richard Anderson and Jean-Louis Cohen.
Richard Anderson, Jean-Louis Cohen, Deyan Sudjic.
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