Brodsky & Utkin (Revised)

Ilya Utkin (Author) Alexander Brodsky (Author)
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Description

From 1978 to 1993, the renowned Soviet "paper architects" Alexander Brodsky and Ilya Utkin created an incredible collection of elaborate etchings depicting outlandish, often impossible, buildings and cityscapes. Funny, cerebral, and deeply human, their obsessively detailed work layers elements borrowed from Egyptian tombs, Ledoux's visionary architecture, Le Corbusier's urban master plans, and other historical precedents in etchings of breathtaking complexity and beauty.

Back by popular demand following the sold-out original 1991 edition and 2003 reprint, Brodsky & Utkin presents the sum of the architects' collaborative prints and adds new material, including an updated preface by the artists' gallery representative, Ron Feldman, a new introductory essay by architect Aleksandr Mergold, visual documentation of the duo's installation work, and rare personal photographs.

Product Details

Price
$50.00
Publisher
Princeton Architectural Press
Publish Date
August 25, 2015
Pages
88
Dimensions
9.2 X 0.7 X 12.3 inches | 1.7 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781616893163
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About the Author

Aleksandr Mergold is a partner at Austin+Mergold, an architecture, landscape, and design practice, a testing ground for his injury into the contemporary interpretation of spolia. This research also continues at Cornell University where Mergold teaches architecture. Prior to the practice and the teaching, Mergold worked at Pentagram in New York on a variety of architecture and design projects. A third-generation architect, Aleksandr was born in the ancient city of Tashkent, that contains simultaneous traces of the Great Silk Road, colonial conquests, and a socialist planned economy.

Reviews

"Between 1978 and 1993, Soviet architects Alexander Brodsky and Ilya Utkin created a series of beautifully complex drawings of buildings they never expected would be built. In a new edition of a book collecting their work, Brodsky & Utkin, the range of their "paper architecture" is on display." - Slate
"Though times have certainly changed in Russia and beyond, Brodsky and Utkin's paper architecture is still poignant and pertinent: a timeless meditation on what it means to live in a city, whether that city is Moscow or Manhattan." - Forbes.com
"This 80-page collection of their work is proof that creativity always thrives, even under difficult conditions." - Selectism
"Looking at the images today, there is resonance with the enduring alienation of huge cities, and the desire for some presence in the fray." - Hyperallergic
"Highlighting the work of arguably one of the country's leading young architectural practices, MOS: Selected Works offers valuable insight into the pair's life and philosophy, not only as architecture professionals, but also as state-of-the-art designers and thinkers." - Wallpaper*
"The studio's greatest strength - as this book shows - is that its work surprises and delights but always with clarity and focus." - Surface
"Open this stylishly designed album and you will be immediately drawn into the world of poetic utopia. A claustrophobic endless labyrinth of the Intelligent Market. A Glass Tower, a vertical city striving to reach unto heaven. A Crystal Palace imag- ined as a beautiful but unrealizable dream. Going from one drawing to the next, you will discover new architec- tural dimensions as dreams, theater, storytelling, fables, memories... Now that our profession is obsessed with efficiency and pragmatism, this book reminds us why we wished to become architects in the first place." - Arquitectura Viva