Leningrad: Vserossiiskaia akademiia hudozhestv, 1936. Item #280
154 pp.: ill. In original publisher’s wrappers. Rubbed, small tears of the spine, water stains on the margin throughout the copy. Otherwise good.
Very rare. One of 1000 copies. Book design by Mikhail Minkus (1905–1963). This collection includes four student projects by Minkus of the 1928–1930 as well as works by well-known Soviet architects A. Arkin, R. Israelyan, Z. Brod, I. Rozhin, A. Velikanov, P. Abrosimov, A. Khriakov, Ia. Rubanchik, L. Poliakov. Most of the rest designed Soviet city housing in the 1930s.
This is the second collection of the best constructivist works by students of the Faculty of Architecture at the Academy of Arts of the 1928–1930. This time became the highest point of constructivist period at the Academy when students created the purest constructivist projects. Overall 70 works include commune houses, factories and other designs of urban and industrial use. Students’ works were never published except for the first collection of 1929 (see our Winter Catalogue 2017) and this collection of 1936. In contrast to the first collection in this edition there are works on auxiliary disciplines too (drawing - from life and architectural drawing).
These designs give a vivid image of an architecture process that was taking place during 1920s in Russia. The highest point of constructivist period at the Academy was during 1928-1930 when the purest constructivist projects were created by the brightest young architects like Rubanchik, Rozhin, Minkus. But published in 1936 when Stalinist architecture was dominant these works looked out of date (yet futuristic), and compilers had to explain themselves in the introduction: "Refusal to display these materials, which draw the recent past of the architectural school, would not allow us to look once again at the path traveled by the Soviet architecture so that at the present stage of the new searches, the direction presented here will be subjected to a new criticism" (about constructivism).
Amazing collection of constructivist architecture designs which were never brought to life.
No copies in USA according to the Worldcat.