Town and Revolution: Soviet Architecture and City Planning 1917–1935 (George Braziller, 1970) by Anatole Kopp is the first comprehensive study in English of Soviet urbanism.
From 1917 to 1935, writes Anatole Kopp, all the most productive concepts of modern city planning were first advanced, innumerable designs were produced, and a not inconsiderable number of buildings, including some of the highest quality, were built in the face of the severest technical and material difficulties”.
The author argues that the earlies socialist architecture stemmed not from European painting and sculpture but from revolutionary ideals. neither prophets nor rebels against an established order, men like Melnikov, Leonidov, Ginzburg, and the Vesnin brothers worked with their new state in seeking to change man by changing his environment. Despite internal strife, the low level of public taste, and poor building materials, the twenties were years of experiments in a ‘new way of life,’ both architecturally and socially.
– Anatole Kopp, Town and Revolution: Soviet Architecture and City Planning 1917–1935 (George Braziller, 1970), excerpt from the book description
The text is in English. The book is richly illustrated with archive images such as black-and-white photographs and architectural drawings.
Our copy in stock is in good condition. The pages are clean, no markings except for the original owner’s stamp on the first flyleaf. The binding is fine. The dust jacket has a couple of tears , some edge wear, and signs of toning.