Building a new New World: Amerikanizm in Russian Architecture (Paperback)

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An essential exploration of how Russian ideas about the United States shaped architecture and urban design from the czarist era to the fall of the U.S.S.R.

Idealized representations of America, as both an aspiration and a menace, played an important role in shaping Russian architecture and urban design from the American Revolution until the fall of the Soviet Union. Jean-Louis Cohen traces the powerful concept of “Amerikanizm” and its impact on Russia’s built environment from early czarist interest in Revolutionary America, through the spectacular World’s Fairs of the 19th century, to department stores, skyscrapers, and factories built in Russia using American methods during the 20th century. Visions of America also captivated the Russian avant-garde, from El Lissitzky to Moisei Ginzburg, and Cohen explores the ongoing artistic dialogue maintained between the two countries at the mid-century and in the late Soviet era, following a period of strategic competition. This first major study of Amerikanizm in the architecture of Russia makes a timely contribution to our understanding of modern architecture and its broader geopolitics.

About the Author

Jean-Louis Cohen is Sheldon H. Solow Professor in the History of Architecture at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, a trained architect, and author of Architecture in Uniform (Yale, 2011).

Praise For…

“Building a new New World offers an overview of [a] vast topic in a compact format . . . [and] provides direct access to an immense amount of archival material, much of it not previously available in any form.”—Eric Paul Mumford, Architectural Record

Named One of the Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2020, sponsored by the Swiss Culture Awards Federal Office of Culture

Product Details
ISBN: 9780300248159
ISBN-10: 0300248156
Publisher: Other Distribution
Publication Date: January 12th, 2021
Pages: 544
Language: English