The Ideal Communist City (George Braziller, 1968) explains the design principles and organisation of Soviet urbanism and architecture. The book was initiated by the architecture faculty of the University of Moscow in the late 1950s. This edition is the English translation of the Italian edition Idee per la Città Communista (1968). The authors are A. Baburov, Alexei Gutnov, G. Djumenton, S. Kharitonova, I. Lezava, and S. Sadovskij.
The architect’s creative powers turn to the future. All that is being built today in our country is being incorporated into the material substructure of communist society. It is the function of planning to calculate the immediate needs of the future (…) The city embodies the highest achievements of our material and spiritual culture. As an inclusive organisation, it connects residence and factory, past and future, individual and society.
– The City is a Tangle of Contradictions. In: The Ideal Communist City (George Braziller, 1968), p.5
The book has English text and it has been richly illustrated with black-and-white photos, plans and other drawings.
The copy is in good condition. The edges of the pages show some yellow toning, but they are clean and the binding is fine. The covers are slightly edge-worn.