Paper Architecture in Novosibirsk
- 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- Shows previously unpublished fantastical designs by protagonists of this radical utopist movement at the Siberian Institute of Civil Engineering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
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 Lavishly illustrated with previously unpublished material from formerly inaccessible archives, the volume provides a comprehensive survey of this fascinating form of late Soviet-era speculative architecture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.
- Park Books
- Publish date
- 13th Mar 2023
- 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