Moscow: Izd-vo Akad. arkhitektury SSSR, 1940. Item #901
256 pp.: ill, 4 ills. 25,5x18 cm. In original illustrated cardboards. Rubbed, ink signature on t.p., otherwise very good and clean internally.
First and only edition. One of 2000 copies. Very rare.
An interesting and comprehensive study on the architecture of a river system related to the Stalinist plan of Moscow reconstruction.Due to population growth, drinking and industrial water were getting scarce in the early 1930s. The problem was solved in 1933-1937 by constructing of Moscow Canal (named Moscow-Volga Canal until 1947) that connected the city with three seas and started the river redevelopment program. The reconstruction continued inside the city. The Moscow river flow was artificially straightened and reduced by 5 times; there were plans to shorten the river in the city from 40.15 km to 11.95 km. Moscow and Yauza rivers, as well as canals, required new riverbank designs for recreational and industrial needs.
An architect Pavel Gol’denberg and an engineer Lev Aksel’rod overview and criticize structures used in Moscow waterways, including locks, bridges, waterfront stairs and piers as well as the design of embankments and doabs. They also provided information about flood protection and sewer tunnel construction. The book features riverbank redevelopment projects, photographs and the folding schemes of implemented designs. The interesting picture shows the projection of the Palace of Soviets on surfaces of Moscow river and the Vodootvodny canal. All technical drawings were produced by graphic artist O. Startseva, except for some panoramas created by an architect E. Iur’ev.
Worldcat shows copies in Minnesota and Ohio Universities.