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ISBN13: 9783836525190
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The fourth age of Soviet architecture

In this volume photographer Frédéric Chaubin reveals 90 buildings sited in fourteen former Soviet Republics which express what could be considered as the fourth age of Soviet architecture. They reveal an unexpected rebirth of imagination, an unknown burgeoning that took place from 1970 until 1990. Contrary to the twenties and thirties, no “school” or main trend emerges here. These buildings represent a chaotic impulse brought about by a decaying system. Their diversity announces the end of Soviet Union.

Taking advantage of the collapsing monolithic structure, the holes of the widening net, architects revisited all the chronological periods and styles, going back to the roots or freely innovating. Some of the daring ones completed projects that the Constructivists would have dreamt of (Druzhba sanatorium), others expressed their imagination in an expressionist way (Tbilisi wedding palace). A summer camp, inspired by sketches of a prototype lunar base, lays claim to its suprematist influence (Promethee). Then comes the speaking architecture widespread in the last years of the USSR: a crematorium adorned with concrete flames (Kiev crematorium), a technological institute with a flying saucer crashed on the roof (Kiev institute), a political center watching you like a Big Brother (Kaliningrad House of Soviet). This puzzle of styles testifies to all the ideological dreams of the period, from the obsession with the cosmos to the rebirth of privacy and it also outlines the geography of the USSR, showing how local influences made their exotic twists before bringing the country to its end.

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In this volume photographer Frederic Chaubin reveals 90 buildings sited in 14 former Soviet Republics which express what could be considered as the fourth age of Soviet architecture.

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Frédéric Chaubin was born in Phnom Penh in 1959. For the last fifteen years, he has been editor-in-chief of the French lifestyle magazine Citizen K. Since 2000 he has regularly featured his photographic works combining architecture and travel. The CCCP collection research was carried out from 2003 to 2010 in an intuitive process.

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Russian lit-mystery fan, September 4, 2011 (view all comments by Russian lit-mystery fan)
Western media images from the Cold War era of the USSR often emphasized drab but huge buildings (when not focusing on military parades), suggesting the only interesting architecture was produced prior to the Russian Revolution. This book shows that there were amazingly creative structures sprinkled throughout the empire's vast 11 time zones. Some buildings look like sets for science fiction movies, while others display unexpectedly beautiful attention to detail. CCCP provides a fascinating look at public and private spaces in the late Soviet era (1970-1990).
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Product Details

ISBN:
9783836525190
Author:
Chaubin, Frederic
Publisher:
Taschen
Editor:
Taschen
Author:
Taschen
Subject:
Individual Photographers - General
Subject:
Architectural & Industrial
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Individual Photographer
Subject:
Photography-Photographers
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
13.40 x 10.20 in 5.00 lb

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The fourth age of Soviet architecture

In this volume photographer Frédéric Chaubin reveals 90 buildings sited in fourteen former Soviet Republics which express what could be considered as the fourth age of Soviet architecture. They reveal an unexpected rebirth of imagination, an unknown burgeoning that took place from 1970 until 1990. Contrary to the twenties and thirties, no “school” or main trend emerges here. These buildings represent a chaotic impulse brought about by a decaying system. Their diversity announces the end of Soviet Union.

Taking advantage of the collapsing monolithic structure, the holes of the widening net, architects revisited all the chronological periods and styles, going back to the roots or freely innovating. Some of the daring ones completed projects that the Constructivists would have dreamt of (Druzhba sanatorium), others expressed their imagination in an expressionist way (Tbilisi wedding palace). A summer camp, inspired by sketches of a prototype lunar base, lays claim to its suprematist influence (Promethee). Then comes the speaking architecture widespread in the last years of the USSR: a crematorium adorned with concrete flames (Kiev crematorium), a technological institute with a flying saucer crashed on the roof (Kiev institute), a political center watching you like a Big Brother (Kaliningrad House of Soviet). This puzzle of styles testifies to all the ideological dreams of the period, from the obsession with the cosmos to the rebirth of privacy and it also outlines the geography of the USSR, showing how local influences made their exotic twists before bringing the country to its end.

"Synopsis" by , In this volume photographer Frederic Chaubin reveals 90 buildings sited in 14 former Soviet Republics which express what could be considered as the fourth age of Soviet architecture.
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