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Paper Architecture in Novosibirsk
Paper Architecture in Novosibirsk
Paper Architecture in Novosibirsk
Paper Architecture in Novosibirsk
Paper Architecture in Novosibirsk
Paper Architecture in Novosibirsk
Paper Architecture in Novosibirsk
Paper Architecture in Novosibirsk

Paper Architecture in Novosibirsk

Edited by Georg Schöllhammer
Edited by Ruben Arevshatyan
Edited by Anton Karamanov


Publishing 11th Nov 2024
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    • The first book ever to focus on the Novosibirsk branch of the legendary Paper Architecture movement during the last decade of the Soviet Union
    • Shows previously unpublished fantastical designs by protagonists of this radical utopist movement at the Siberian Institute of Civil Engineering
    • Offers completely new insights into the speculative work of young and emerging Siberian architects who, while largely cut off from the West, were inspired by many contemporary movements
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    Cosmic cow sheds, insectoids, Egyptian pyramids, steam locomotive hybrids, and deconstructivist housing projects: during the 1980s, student “paper architects” of the Siberian Civil Engineering Institute in Novosibirsk created fantastical utopian design. Contrary to the commonly held belief that these architectural designs made of paper and created during the late years of a crumbling Soviet Union were never intended to be translated into buildings, the Novosibirsk group actually devoted themselves to a practical application of their ideas. The designs for the kolkhozy in Bolshevik, Guselnikovo, or Nizhny-Ugryum show signs of concrete planning deliberations, integrated into pastoral and often fairy tale-like scenes of country life with tractor stations and witches suspended in the sky. Inspired by Eastern European post punk, local radical-constructivist projects, and European postmodernism, the Siberian paper architects created a whole range of autochthonous stylistic figures and techniques that have a clear and distinct style. This Novosibirsk style clearly differs from the superior works by the more famous Moscow group of paper architects around Alexander Brodsky and Ilya Utkin.

    For the first time ever, this book offers a deep insight into Novosibirsk’s Paper Architecture movement and its output. Lavishly illustrated with previously unpublished material from formerly inaccessible archives, the volume provides a comprehensive survey of this fascinating form of late Soviet-era speculative architecture from the Siberian metropolis, that is still far too little known in the Western world.

    About the Author

    Georg Schöllhammer is an Austrian curator, author, and editor of art and architectural topics. He is the founder and editor of the art journal Springerin and director of the cultural network tranzit.at.

    Ruben Arevshatyan is an artist, art researcher and curator. He also teaches at the Institute of Modern Art in Yerevan and has been curator of the Armenian pavilion at the 2014 International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.

    Anton Karmanov is a Novosibirsk-based artist and researcher of Siberian modernism and the Novosibirsk Paper Architecture movement.

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    Park Books
    Publish date
    11th Nov 2024
    Paperback / softback
    World excluding Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, United States, Canada, and Japan
    260 mm x 220 mm
    220 Pages
    100 color, 70 b&w
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