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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen; Mul edition (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836525194
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836525190
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 1.1 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...an eye-opening experience for those who assumed that Soviet architecture died with the rise of Stalin." -The New York Times."

About the Author

Frédéric Chaubin has been, for the last fifteen years, editor-in-chief of the French lifestyle magazine Citizen K. Since 2000 he has regularly featured works combining text and photography. The CCCP collection research was carried out from 2003 to 2010, through an intuitive and creative travel process. This project has been shown throughout the world, from Japan to the United States.

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Very interesting photos.
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Bought this book for a friend who's very into communist culture.
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The book is full color with large detailed pictures.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ok on April 11, 2011
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I obviously LOVE grand, cubist, concrete design! Growing up in Russia might have something to to with it... This book has been praised all over international media, and I will join the movement. The book contains a loot of buildings and the pictures are big and interesting. However, I am a only a humble engineer with a personal interest in architecture, this is in no way to be considered "professional" recommendation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Ennis on April 8, 2011
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I can understand why Chaubin embarked on this project. These structures are awe inspiring and sometimes haunting. The presentation is beautiful - I am grateful that Chaubin has brought this little known architectural legacy into the light.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By c.larch on July 9, 2011
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On each page, you receive what you pay for: large photographs that are well composed with a decent amount of supporting text. (Every page is almost completely covered in images) As an architecture student, I often referred to this book for some base point ideas for designs or circulation or program elements during studio and it really did aid my design style to see so many different pieces of architecture (the book is far from one note regarding architecture, even though it does have a brutalist-modernist focus). I believe this book to be a good volume for any architect's private collection.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Oleg V. Kiselev on June 16, 2011
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Great collection of Soviet Modernism! Was hoping to see the Almaty Soviet Palace. The very unfortunate thing is that an entry as this should include floor plans. It's only half the story looking solely at exterior appearance
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Rowley TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 19, 2013
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I like to collect books about architecture - and especially those on Brutalist architecture. Many building of that design were built in the Soviet Union. Brutalist architecture is a style of architecture that was popular from the 1950s to the 70s - usually constructed out of huge amounts of concrete and steel. The J. Edgar Hoover FBI building in Washington is an example of the style - a bit conservative compared to the designs of the buildings in this book.

This book is one that I've lusted for over the years and wanted for my collection. I finally broke down and purchased it last year. And it is worth every penny I spent. The book is filled with incredible photographs of beautiful buildings. I would recommend it to anyone interested in this style of architecture. As the old saying goes - they don't make them [buildings] like that anymore.

This is a huge book,10.5"x13.5"x1.25" thick. Hardback but with no dust jacket, instead the cover is colored printed. It was published by Taschen. The book is broken down into five chapters:

1. Entertainment and Culture - Variations on Monumental Lyricism
2. Science and Technology - Power and the Dramatization of the Future
3. Sports and Youth - The Architect's cosmic Dream
4. Health and Resorts - From Seaside Phalansteries to Hidden Villas
5. Rites and Symbols - Theatricality as a Vector of Emotion

Plus, there is a forward by Paul Smith, and an introduction by Frédéric Chaubin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oksana Kovtonyuk on October 7, 2013
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Being a native of the USSR , I wondered what is this book about - not professionally , but rather because of nostalgia and interesting titles. The book met my expectations, it is very interesting to look at all these photos - there are pictures of Soviet architectural buildings of different periods and styles, scattered in different countries , which previously formed part of the Soviet Union. Some of the buildings are abandoned and have sad and depressing view - and it reminds us that this era is gone forever . And of course , it is interesting to see those buildings that I have seen "live" . When you read the title of the book - you realize that many of the buildings have quite futuristic look. There is no too much text in this book however the pictures speak for themselves . I recommend the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Paris on November 17, 2012
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The book delivers on its promise of incredible photography of amazing structures. The buildings here are otherworldly, alien, and remarkable in a way that will make you wonder how men could have built them. Having said that, Chaubin obviously goes out of his way to be sure that the photos never include a human being in them (with one or two rare exceptions, where clearly someone walked into the shot.) This is so overt, you can tell it's an editorial decision on the part of the photographer. As a result, it over-exaggerates the notions of these being "stark" structures, devoid of humanity, making the point in the most literal fashion possible. It's obviously unlikely that every one of these locations is to be found where there is not a single human being, so considerable effort must have been made to make the shots comply with the position of the photographer, that this is an empty, barren and abandoned world, left for dead by a dead empire. Anyone who has been to the former Soviet Union knows, of course, that there are still quite a few people (and not a few architects) still walking around the massive country. Otherwise, the book is fantastic, and you will find yourself coming back again and again to examine its content. This is not a coffee table book, because it will rarely sit still on a coffee table. It's meant to be used, enjoyed, and I think you will do both.
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