Undergraduate Course: Architecture of the Russian and Soviet Avant-Gardes (ARHI10043)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The first decades of the twentieth century witnessed revolutionary transformations in the cultural and political life of the Russian world. In this period architecture both responded to and accelerated processes of aesthetic and social change. This course examines the architecture of the Russian Empire and, in turn, the Soviet Union from the 1890s to the 1930s. It will describe the emergence of distinctly Russian approaches to modern design before World War 1 and the role of Classicism in the formation of early soviet architecture. It will also address the development of Constructivism, Rationalism and other approaches to architecture and the city. Special attention will be devoted to the international dimension of Russian and Soviet architecture. The work of Fedor Shekhtel, Ivan Fomin, Ivan Zholtovskii, Konstantin Melnikov, the Vesnin brothers, Ivan Leonidov, among others, will be addressed in detail. Students will gain a sophisticated understanding of the complex relationships between architecture and the political, cultural, and technological revolutions that characterize this period.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| Students should normally have passed at least 60 credits of Architectural History or History of Art/History courses at Level 8. If the pre-requisites cannot be met, entry to this course can be negotiated in consultation with either the Course Organiser or Programme Director (Architectural History).
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 History of Art/Architectural History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of architecture in Russia and the Soviet Union in the period c. 1890 and c. 1940.
- Demonstrate a knowledge of the cultural and political context of architectural production in the period covered by this course.
- Reflect critically on architecture's role in social change.
- Develop an awareness of the complex relationship between aesthetics and politics in architecture.
|Brumfield, William Craft. The Origins of Modernism in Russian Architecture. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991.|
Buchli, Victor. An Archaeology of Socialism. Oxford: Berg, 1999.
Cooke, Catherine. Russian Avant-Garde Theories of Art, Architecture and the City. London: Academy Editions, 1995.
Gozak, A., Andrei Leonidov, and Catherine Cooke, eds. Ivan Leonidov: The Complete Works. New York Rizzoli, 1988.
Hudson, Hugh D. Blueprints and Blood: The Stalinization of Soviet Architecture, 1917-1937. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1993.
Khan-Magomedov, S. O. Alexandr Vesnin and Russian Constructivism. New York: Rizzoli, 1986.
Khan-Magomedov, S. O. Pioneers of Soviet Architecture: The Search for New Solutions in the 1920s and 1930s. New York: Rizzoli, 1987.
Kopp, Anatole. Town and Revolution: Soviet Architecture and City Planning, 1917-1935. New York: G. Braziller, 1970.
Lissitzky, El. Russia: An Architecture for World Revolution. Translated by Eric Dluhosch. Cambridge: M.I.T. Press, 1970.
Lodder, Christina. Russian Constructivism. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1983.
Starr, S. Frederick. Melnikov: Solo Architect in a Mass Society. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1978.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Richard Anderson
Tel: (131 6)50 8204
|Course secretary||Mrs Rosie Hall
Tel: 0131 651 5802