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Frederic Chaubin: Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed Hardcover – March 22, 2011
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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.
Read all about it in this amazingly well written book with huge photographs of the lost empire.
It will haunt you and make you wonder: will someone write a book like this for the United States of America some day ?
The images are perfect, the stories detailed and well researched, and very emotional.
The most touching story was of a cutting edge science center built right before the fall of the USSR. A huge campus with dreams of conducting advanced research: but now abandoned and empty. I would hope investors would buy this book and scout out these areas of empty real estate. There is a fortune to be earned by purchasing these lost properties and rennovating them for modern use. Investors shoild try to save the history, but some areas are so large - they may need split up into businesses, apartment buildings, and shopping centers.
If you love architecture, or love history, or just enjoy photography and grwat story telling - Buy This Book !
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great coffee table book full of the wonderful architectural oddities of the soviet era. This book is practically all photos, I feel anyone could really enjoy this as a... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jules
Frederic Chaubin, in his book, has managed to capture some of the ugliest modern buildings in the world. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Robin
Some amazing structures found in the former Soviet Union and some former Warsaw Pact countries. Big Heavy coffee table book.Published 9 months ago by nn
Must read for any architecture or urban exploration aficionado. Deep inside last 30 years of CCCP. Fascinating.Published 9 months ago by Riccardo
A very expensive book with bad photographs and no meaningful text relating to either architects or history. Very disappointing experience.Published 10 months ago by JeanPierre Kocher
best book on architecture I've found all year!!!
I want to go to Russia now simply to see everything from this book!!!