VIADUCITY (1987) by architects I. Galimova and M. Fadeeva. A competition entry for the Bridge of the Future competition in Japan Architect (JA) magazine. From Архитектура СССР 1988 No. 7-8.
There’s something familiar in this Soviet competition era entry, which at the time was a rare participation in a foreign architecture competition. I think similar utopian monumentalism and a re-analysis of the Piranesian classical and the radical postmodern is currently ongoing in many current architectural practices. But what is it telling us?
In 2012 this Soviet “Paper Architecture” was discussed in this great article on Domus by Massimiliano Gioni and Yuri Avvakumov. It’s a fascinating account on how these Soviet fantasy entries became a movement and how they succeeded in “dodging Soviet censorship by submitting projects to a competition announced by the magazine Japan Architecture.”
If the Soviet era architects were confined by state ideology and escaping its effects on creative expression into the utopia, then what is the current escapism about?