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Retrospective: Alexander BrodskySubscription

By Robert Mull

The work of Bureau Alexander Brodsky examines the common experiences and memories that unite Russians

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St Petersburg: the city of three revolutionsSubscription

By Owen Hatherley

Instigated by an unequal and divided populace, St Petersburg was pivotal in a succession of momentous revolutionary upheavals 

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Nowadays: ‘the most striking discrepancy is Moscow’s striving for luxury and the grim reality of its built environment’Subscription


Nowadays’ architecture deconstructs that idea of ‘Moscowness’ and unravels the complexities of this city of contradiction

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Battle scars: Kulikovo Polye Museum in Tula, Russia by Sergey GnedovskySubscription

Carved out of the battlefield itself, the Kulikovo Polye Museum is a collision of high-tech and tradition

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Constructive renewal: Izvestia building, Moscow by Ginzburg ArchitectsSubscription

The renovation of Moscow’s Izvestia building by Ginzburg Architects retains the spirit and essence of the Constructivist paragon, writes Natalia Melikova

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Dachaland: the Russian dachaSubscription

The architectural equivalent of slow cooking is to be relished in DK-CM’s dacha design in Zelenogradskaya, Russia


Outrage: ‘Sites of social condensation are being dismantled, neglected or sold off to the highest bidder’Subscription

By Michał Murawski

From Moscow to London, promises about new homes are disguising cynical expropriation


Making sense of NarkomfinSubscription

By Alla Vronskaya

Translated into English for the first time, Moisei Ginzburg’s ‘Dwelling’ reveals the real significance of his architectural masterpiece

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Seeds of discontent: can architecture be revolutionary?Subscription

By Jeremy Melvin

Reflecting on historical interactions between architecture, culture and politics, Jeremy Melvin asks whether architecture can ever be revolutionary 

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AR October 2017 on After the revolutionSubscription

Social Condenser | Narkomfin | Program 200 | Alexander Brodsky | Alexey Ginzburg | DK-CM | Sergey Gnedovsky | Nowadays | El Lissitzky

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Editorial: Revolutions mean mass housing – and should mean good design Subscription

WOHA’s public housing in Singapore is a revolution in mass housing design

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Perestroika of lifeSubscription

The ‘social condenser’ encouraged collective consciousness and elevated the design of life to a science

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Outrage: State Modern?Subscription


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El Lissitzky (1890-1941)Subscription

El Lissitzsky’s utopian vision of revolution is a legacy that resonates today


Alexey Shchusev (1873-1949)Subscription

Switching styles whenever they came into fashion, Alexey Shchusev is a reminder that great architecture needn’t be built with strong political or architectural convictions

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Berthold Lubetkin (1901-1990)Subscription

John Allan reviews the career of this enigmatic émigré