Posts Tagged ‘Owen Hatherley’

  1. Khrushchev and British brutalism


    November 15, 2016 by AK

    Owen Hatherley writes of British architects active in the first post-WWII decade: In the first ten years after 1945, the pure white style of Bruno Ahrends’s Berlin had been Anglicised, but not in the direction of the monumental dissonance of Brutalism. Instead, it became a friendly, rather cutesy amalgam of Scandinavian design and the English …
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  2. Vilnius: brutalism with a human face


    November 13, 2016 by AK

    In his latest LRB review, Owen Hatherley writes about Modern Forms: A Subjective Atlas of 20th-Century Architecture by Nicolas Grospierre: Grospierre puts next to each other the Vilnius House of Ritual Services (a Soviet type sometimes known as a ‘Sorrow Palace’, where funerals were held) and a jauntily angled thin concrete shell roof in Amboy, California: Roy’s Motel and …
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  3. INION


    November 10, 2016 by AK

    Some brutalist architecture is great – but when it’s bad, it can be very, very ugly, depressing and miserable. Sometimes it ages disgustingly, especially if the concrete is of poor quality. And if there’s a fire… Look at what happened to the INION building in Moscow, once considered a masterpiece of early Soviet brutalism, after the disastrous …
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  4. The fatal trapezes


    May 15, 2016 by AK

    In his grotesque sci-fi novelette The Fatal Eggs (1923), Mikhail Bulgakov wrote of …the theater of the late Vsevolod Meyerhold, who died, as everybody knows, in 1927, during the staging of Pushkin’s Boris Godunov, when a platform [lit. trapezes] with naked boyars collapsed over his head… Meyerhold was executed as a “Japanese spy” on February 2, …
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  5. Owen Hatherley on Cheryomushki


    June 24, 2015 by AK

    I would recommend Owen Hatherley’s well-researched piece on Moscow’s residential districts (not quite suburbs) to anyone interested in post-Soviet urban life and urban planning in general. I suggest that readers also browse the photos in the author’s Flickr albums, some linked to from the text. They give a pretty good overview of the three areas of …
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