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Brodsky & Utkin
For this slow, languorous Midwestern autumn Sunday, here are some Soviet Glasnost neoavant-garde paper architecture by Brodsky & Utkin.

“In their designs, by turns funny, cerebral, and deeply human, Brodsky & Utkin borrow from Egyptian tombs, Ledoux’s visionary architecture, Le Corbusier’s urban master palns, and other historical precedents, collaging these heterogeneous forms in learned and layered scrambles. Underlying the wit and visual inventiveness is an unmistakable moral: that the dehumanizing architecture of the sort seen in Russian cities in the 1980s and 1990s, and elsewhere around the globe, takes a sinister toll.”

Brodsky & Utkin

Brodsky & Utkin

Brodsky & Utkin

Brodsky & Utkin

Obviously, the next step is to investigate whether the pair had once lived in a brothel, done the occasional cross-dressing, and cavorted with scantily clad nuns, and if so, then confect a screenplay to complement our Lequeu biopic. It will be a trilogy on visionary builders, the conceit being their works are unbuilt, unbuildable masterpieces thwarted by politics, economics, and gravity.

But who's the third?

Axel Erlandson?

2 COMMENTS —
  • Geoff Manaugh
  • October 31, 2005 at 3:40:00 PM CST
  • Beautiful! Beautiful, beautiful...


  • Anonymous
  • December 6, 2013 at 1:36:00 PM CST
  • The third should be Frederick Kiesler!


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