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CCCP: Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed

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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,
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Hardcover, 312 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by TASCHEN (first published March 1st 2011)
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Simon
May 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Knowing next to nothing about architecture, I was impressed by the accessibility and context provided by the introduction, but obviously a book like this lives or dies on its visual content, and the photos are fantastic. Monstrous 1960s-style science fiction buildings loom out of the mist or squat in town centres like invading spacecraft. Makes me want to book a flight on the next plane to Tashkent.
Justin Lynn
Nov 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Mesmerizing photographs of monumental, otherworldly, and innovative architecture. The shots have a melancholy beauty of lost grandeur.
Claudia
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Uno dei migliori libri di fotografia d'architettura, di sicuro il migliore sull'architettura brutalista sovietica. Adoro.
JBP
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
Huge collections of photographs by Chaubin of numerous buildings across the former Soviet Union with an emphasis on concrete. I happen to really like brutalist architecture and this book not only has that, it has some out there, futuristic, sci-fi looking structures. Needless to say, I'm into this kind of stuff in a big way.
Daisy
May 16, 2011 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Daisy by: LA Times
Shelves: russia
I saw an exhibit of some of these in a tiny gallery just up the street from me and now they're published in a book which I Must Have.
Hugh Darcy
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Amazing vision of the future from the past. Magical

Александр Шушпанов
Не трогай, это на Новый год!"

Вскоре после моего дня рождения я встретил @girl_with_a_necktie, и она подарила мне эту книгу. Книги, как третий вид подарка, всегда привлекали меня - другое дело, что достаточно трудно подарить что-то такое, что безусловно привлекло бы внимание и обрадовало, не прислушиваясь к человеку. Здесь всё получилось, я был растроган, польщён - ну, отличный подарок, я вновь благодарен.

Действительно, первые дни нового года располагают к медитативному возлеганию и
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Jeff
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Much like a lot of other things about the former Soviet Union, turns out the architecture was really weird and cool and it's actually us who put a shitty brown box on every corner and put, like, a Chipotle in it.
Kris McCracken
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
A fantastic collection of photographs by Frédéric Chaubin that features 90 buildings sited in fourteen former Soviet Republics which express what he considers to be the fourth age of Soviet architecture. This wonderful book reveals a creative burgeoning that took place from 1970 until 1990. Contrary to the 1920s and 1950s, no “school” or main trend emerges here. These buildings represent a chaotic impulse brought about by a decaying system.

The fact that so many of these interesting buildings
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Gareth Evans
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I wonder how small the market is for picture books on the 4th age of Soviet architecture is? It must be a fairly decent size for this huge bokm to justify the print run, although a trilingual text must help to reduce production costs. The 4th age of Soviet architecture is full of weird and wacky concrete buildings generally found in the peripheral republics. Many buildings are poorly repaired (all the swimming pools are empty). Some are downright ugly, others have a strange beauty. A fascinating ...more
Laura
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You know your boyfriend loves you when he buys you a book about Soviet Architecture for your birthday!

Aside from feeding my obsession with Russia, this book is beautifully presented and fascinating.
Bill H
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Bill by: Katrina (Polly Paperclip)
No student of architecture (or the USSR), I had to approach this book as a spectacle – and what a spectacle! The photography is superb, the subject buildings astonishing. And, in many cases, pathetic in an Ozymandian sort of way, as their concrete crumbles and weeds grow in their plazas.
Tim Robinson
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: architecture
The main defect of late Soviet architecture is not enough windows. And there is rarely any exterior texture. The result is hulking, slabby and inhuman buildings. Surprisingly, the best work is in Central Asia. The monuments (which don't NEED windows) are impressive, though.
D. Ennis
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Such a strange and fascinating topic. Leaves you wanting to know more, much more . . . in a good way.
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