Architecture is conventionally seen as being synonymous with building. In contrast, this book introduces and defines a new category - the unbuildable. The unbuildable involves projects that are not just unbuilt, but cannot be built. This distinct form of architectural project has an important and often surprising role in architectural discourse, working not in opposition to the buildable, but frequently complementing it.
Using well-known examples of early Soviet architecture – Tatlin’s Tower in particular – Nerma Cridge demonstrates the relevance of the unbuildable, how it relates to current notions of seriality, copying and reproduction, and its implications for contemporary practice and discourse in the computational age. At the same time it offers a fresh view of our preconceptions and expectations of early Soviet architecture and the Constructivist Movement.
"Drawing the Unbuildable: Seriality and Reproduction In Architecture' is quite interesting as it attempts to examine the motion that unbuildable has merit and can be related to the buildable. The author provides a comprehensive study of Russian history and architectural understanding through time that enables readers to learn about the relationship of the state to design." - Jeff Thurston, 3D Visualization World Magazine
Introduction, Part I: The Unbuildable Monument, 1. Tatlin’s Tower, 2. Palace of the Soviets, 3. Two Faces of the Same Monument, Part II: The Unbuildable Series, 4. Series within Series: El Lissitzky’s Iron Cloud, 5. Series of Series: Iakov Chernikhov, 6. The Pioneering Series: GB Piranesi Carceri, Conclusion, Bibliography
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