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ABC International Constructivist Architecture, 1922-1939

£45.00

ISBN: 9780262090315
Artist(s): Various
Author(s): Sima Ingberman
Format: hardback
Year published: 1994
Publisher: MIT Press
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 212
Illustrations: Illustrated in black and white throughout

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Constructivism is widely thought of as a Russian phenomenon, but as this comprehensive study of the architectural group ABC shows, it was an influential international movement. Established in 1924, the ABC group included Mart Stam of the Netherlands, El Lissitzky of the Soviet Union, and the Swiss architects Hans Schmidt, Hannes Meyer, Hans Wittwer, Paul Artaria, Emil Roth and Werner Moser, among others. It became the foremost constructivist network outside the Soviet Union, producing designs for buildings in Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, Czechoslovakia, Mexico and the US. Some of these, like the Van Nelle factory and the Halle Airport Restaurant, have become significant landmarks of the modern movement. Ingberman brings to light an array of historical documentation, charting Lissitzky’s particular alliance with ABC and tracing ABC’s influences and developments – formal, material, constructional and ideological. She considers the Socialist and Communist interests of architects like Stam and Meyer, and charts the shift from the ambitious public projects in the earlier years of the movement (frequently ideological in motivation) to the more domestic scale of the middle to late 1930s. Also covered are: Meyer and Wittwer’s groundbreaking constructivist designs; Stam, Schmidt, and Roth’s development of serialized constructional forms; ABC’s conceptualization of town planning; the graphic and ideological relationships between ABC, the journal and other avant-garde magazines such as “Veshch” and “G”; and the individual projects of the architects associated with the ABC group.

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