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born in Greece and graduated from Middle East Technical University,Faculty of Architecture,Department of Architecture.She is Country Editor at World Architecture Community since 2008 and she was also curator of London-based studio Studio Egret West(SEW) exhibition under the title of ’Young British Architecture’exhibition series and seminars which h... / More

Bauhaus master Walter Gropius’ submission to the Palace of the Soviets competition, 1931

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by Ross Wolfe

Just a few brief notes, since I’m presently occupied with other tasks and because I’ve dealt with this topic (however cursorily) elsewhere. Recently I stumbled upon a cache of outstanding images of Walter Gropius’ 1931 submission to the Palace of the Soviets competition in Moscow. The majority of these images are floor plans, numerous because of the complex multilevel structure Gropius envisioned. Many, however, are sketches - perspective and axonometric drawings - depicting the view of the Palace from the river as well as approaches to its various entrances. A few more show the building’s situation vis-à-vis the rest of the city, site plans and the like.

Some have noted the similarities between Gropius’ proposal for the Palace of the Soviets and his earlier experiments with the idea of “total theater” for Erwin Piscator. James Marston Fitch, for example, pointed out the continuities that exist between the designs Gropius made for Piscator up through a 1930 proposal for a theater in Kharkhiv, Ukraine, leading ultimately to his conception of the Palace of the Soviets (Fitch, Walter Gropius, pg. 22). Gropius had already designed a theater for Oskar Schlemmer at his Bauhaus building in Dessau.

Total theater

Important differences may be mentioned as well, however. Certainly Gropius’ Palace of the Soviets project was conceived on a much grander scale, given the specifications and requirements outlined by the Bolshevik government. Predictably, this entailed shifting qualitative dynamics that couldn’t be solved merely by quantitative increase or multiplication. Acoustical studies thus form an integral part of Gropius’ argument for the viability of his building.

Obviously, as everyone knows, things didn’t turn out the way the modernists had expected in the USSR. Neoclassicism won out, much to the chagrin of Le Corbusier, Moisei Ginzburg, Hans Poelzig, Erich Mendelsohn, Hannes Meyer, Sigfried Giedion, and the rest. Many felt it was a repeat of the whole League of Nations debacle. Giedion even sent Stalin an angry collage in protest - a futile but rather entertaining gesture. Would’ve loved to have seen the befuddled look on Dzugashvilii’s face when he opened that letter.

You can enlarge any of these images by clicking on them and scrolling through the gallery I’ve compiled.

Sketches.

Plans

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"Renzo Piano Books": check the new iPad app!

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The Fondazione Renzo Piano is introducing today its first iOS App for iPad. This new experience will allow you to buy and explore all books published by The Fondazione Renzo Piano in different languages, as well as further information about RPBW projects. A brief overview of photos and a selection o ...

Exhibition Opening:Sea Change Boston

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It is projected that sea levels will rise two feet by mid-century and six feet by 2100. The new tideline will transform the coastal landscape of Greater Boston and increase the probability of a major storm devastating the metropolitan region. Sasaki's exhibition Sea Change: Boston examines Bosto ...

Open call for unrealized artworks

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Design: Alan Woo.Agency of Unrealized Projects (AUP) presents a public database of unrealized artworks.To submit your unrealized works and view other unrealized art projects, visit www.e-flux.com/aup.Unlike models and unrealized projects submitted for architectural competitions, which are frequently ...

This MIT Research Group Wants to Design 10,000 City Maps

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''You Are Here" is a new project from MIT Media Lab’s Social Computing Group that sets itself apart from today’s bevy of online mapping projects by sheer scale. The project’s ambition is massive: 100 maps revealing details of 100 different cities. In case you, like me, didn’t go to MIT - yes, that’s 10,000 maps. So far the group has produced nine: Maps of bike accidents in its home turf of Cambridge as well as in Austin, Portland,Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as maps of the "walkingsheds" of local coffee shops in Cambridge and, as of this morning, San Francisco and Brooklyn. That leaves just 9,991 to go.

At the current pace of one or two new maps a day, it will be about 2030 before the project wraps. Sepandar “Sep” Kamvar, the computer scientist and artist who leads the social computing team, admits they will probably need to pick up the pace.

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Artist’s Talk: Amie Siegel, Provenance

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Amie Siegel. Still from Provenance. 2013. HD video, color, sound. Courtesy of the artist and Simon Preston, New York24 April 2014, @6:00 pm Presented in EnglishAmerican artist Amie Siegel’s moving image work Provenance (2013) follows the global trade of furniture from Chandigarh in reverse: fr ...

67th Annual Conference | Society of Architectural Historians,Austin,TX

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The Society of Architectural Historians welcomes qualified members of the press to attend its 67th Annual Conference to be held in Austin, Texas, April 9-13, 2014. The SAH Annual Conference is a forum for preeminent scholarsof architecture, landscape and urban history, as well as leaders in architec ...

Call For Essays: COMMON SHARES

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Image composition by Jonathan Tarleton; Madison Square Park image via NYPL; Stock listings image via Andreas PoikeCALL FOR ESSAYS: COMMON SHARESDEADLINE: Monday, May 12, 2014 | 11:59pm EDTUO are pleased to announce the third annual Urban Omnibus writing competition, this year on the topic of co ...

Manual: a journal about art and its making

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Hugo Laubi, Caf&e’ Odeon (detail), 1920. Color lithograph on paper. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Rowland Hazard. Photo: Eric Gould.Spring 2014, Issue 2, Lorem ipsum RISD Museum224 Benefit StreetProvidence, RI 02903T +1 401 454 6500museum@risd.edurisdmuseum.org Lorem ipsum, the standard placeholder text use ...

Modernist master: Mies van der Rohe

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New National Gallery; model with hypothetical exhibition of large abstract expressionist paintings, 1964 Picture: Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

A new monograph published by Phaidon Press showcases the astonishing achievements of one of the 20th-century's greatest architects

For a man who coined the expression “Less is more”, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) sure had a long name. Born Ludwig Mies, he rebranded himself as part of his rapid transformation from the son of a tradesman to a swashbuckling modern architect working with Berlin’s cultural elite, annexing his mother’s surname, Rohe. How ironic, then, that nowadays he is known simply as “Mies”.

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