London: Thames & Hudson, 1987.
Binding: Hardcover, Dustcover
Translated from Russian by Alexandr Lievin.
Edited by Catherine Cook.
For more than sixty years, ever since Konstantin Melnikov's Soviet pavilion was revealed to visitors to the 1925 Paris International Exhibition, the West has been fascinated by the ideas and achievements of the Soviet architecture. Until now, however, our knowledge has been both incomplete and widely scattered. In this comprehensive account of the years 1917-32, perhaps the best-known of all Soviet architectural historians, S.O. khan-Magomedov, decisively fills this important gap in the history of the development of twentieth-century architecture. His book provides the first exhaustive presentation of the topic in any language and in fact there is no work remotely comparable with it in scope, organization or presentation. Alongside the famous and best-known examples of Soviet architecture, the author provides an abundance of hitherto unknown material: projects, plans, buildings, articles, statements and documents. One of many purposes of the book is to reveal this archive material, organize it and place it in social context.