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2003 editionSimply amazing One of the most fascinating books I ve read The best way I can think of to describe this book is as a cross between the early work of Lebbeus Woods and Italo Calvino s Invisible Cities If you enjoy the work of either one of those artists, you re likely to also enjoy this collection of etchings The introductory material effectively sets up the context of the work. Brilliant Pseudointellectual Self Pleasure Architecture This pseudointellectual self pleasure architectural prints are oxymoronically spiritual, poetic, and humorous They are comparable to the literary works by Honor de Balzac please excuse the pseudointellectual in me talking Etching is the traditional way of massive produce architectural drawings, and when the artists architects adapted the technique and used it for their work they cunningly distorted the time, and set the work apart from Brilliant Pseudointellectual Self Pleasure Architecture This pseudointellectual self pleasure architectural prints are oxymoronically spiritual, poetic, and humorous They are comparable to the literary works by Honor de Balzac please excuse the pseudointellectual in me talking Etching is the traditional way of massive produce architectural drawings, and when the artists architects adapted the technique and used it for their work they cunningly distorted the time, and set the work apart from their contemporaries Which is simply brilliant The themes of their work are usually dark, unlike the Constructivists whose work are overdosed with naive optimism towards technologies and future, I sense Paper Architects disillusionment of the present and future through symbolic reference of eerie past alike Nevertheless, the results are haunting and beautiful in despite of deprivation.Below are images I took of the book for myreview, please see link below and let me know if they are helpful to you by pressing yes or no button , thank you for your comment and support I couldn t be happier with these images or the impulse behind them symbolic fictional architecture intended for the page, created as a creative outlet within the stultifying context of the late Soviet era, when architects had very little opportunity to build interesting things The humor, poetry and insight that fuel the drawings give them a timeless quality, while the introductory essays do a great job of grounding them in their original time and place I ll be poring over this one many times I couldn t be happier with these images or the impulse behind them symbolic fictional architecture intended for the page, created as a creative outlet within the stultifying context of the late Soviet era, when architects had very little opportunity to build interesting things The humor, poetry and insight that fuel the drawings give them a timeless quality, while the introductory essays do a great job of grounding them in their original time and place I ll be poring over this one many times in the years to come My only complaint is that I wish the book was physically larger while the reproductions are excellent and include all the detail the detail is extremely fine. ( DOWNLOAD BOOK ) ♫ Brodsky & Utkin ♍ Alexander Brodsky and Ilya Utkin are the best known of a loosely organized group of Soviet artists known as Paper Architects, who designed much but built little in the early days of Glasnost, in the late s Many of their elaborate etchings, in which they depicted outlandish, often impossible, structures and cityscapes of allegorical content, were collected in ourbook Brodsky Utkin Members of the group of Soviet architects who met in Moscow in the 1970s, known as the Paper Architects because of the difficulty of getting any building that deviated from the Soviet utilitarian style actually built, Brodsky and Utkin produced some extraordinary etchings of imaginary cityscapes, that will remind some of Terry Gilliam s Brazil A review will not really do justice to a book whose strength is in the reproductions of the pair s prints and etchings, so I encourage those interested i Members of the group of Soviet architects who met in Moscow in the 1970s, known as the Paper Architects because of the difficulty of getting any building that deviated from the Soviet utilitarian style actually built, Brodsky and Utkin produced some extraordinary etchings of imaginary cityscapes, that will remind some of Terry Gilliam s Brazil A review will not really do justice to a book whose strength is in the reproductions of the pair s prints and etchings, so I encourage those interested in imaginary and imaginative, as well as slightly dark and oppressive, architecture to take a look at a quick google images search and see if it is your kind of thing My own personal sense was, once I had seen one of these online, I had to buy the book Which is now happily at home on my selves Members of the group of Soviet architects who met in Moscow in the 1970s, known as the Paper Architects because of the difficulty of getting any building that deviated from the Soviet utilitarian style actually built, Brodsky and Utkin produced some extraordinary etchings of imaginary cityscapes, that will remind some of Terry Gilliam s Brazil A review will not really do justice to a book whose strength is in the reproductions of the pair s prints and etchings, so I encourage those interested i Members of the group of Soviet architects who met in Moscow in the 1970s, known as the Paper Architects because of the difficulty of getting any building that deviated from the Soviet utilitarian style actually built, Brodsky and Utkin produced some extraordinary etchings of imaginary cityscapes, that will remind some of Terry Gilliam s Brazil A review will not really do justice to a book whose strength is in the reproductions of the pair s prints and etchings, so I encourage those interested in imaginary and imaginative, as well as slightly dark and oppressive, architecture to take a look at a quick google images search and see if it is your kind of thing My own personal sense was, once I had seen one of these online, I had to buy the book Which is now happily at home on my selves