online: cccp - cosmic communist constructions photographed

© taschen - your new fav architecture book taschen has recently released cccp - cosmic communist constructions photographed, a fascinating must-have book on architecture in the final decades of the soviet union. in 2003 french photographer frédéric chaubin was on assignment in georgia when he bought a second-hand book on a sidewalk in tbilisi. it was published 20 years earlier and documented 70 years of soviet architecture in that country. it turned out that two striking buildings were actually sited in the capital, and when visiting them chaubin was stunned by their impressive scale. the accidental book purchase led to an elaborate project in which he shot 90 buildings located across fourteen former soviet republics, and which he thinks are emblematic of the fourth age of soviet architecture. the images reveal an unexpected rebirth of imagination, an unknown burgeoning that took place from 1970 until 1990. contrary to the 1920s and 1950s, no specific 'school' or main trend emerged in this era, and these buildings represent a chaotic impulse brought about by a decaying system. click [here] to purchase your copy.

© taschen / frédéric chaubin - institute of robotics + cybernetics by savin and artiushin in st. petersburg [1985]