Author : William Craft Brumfield
Description:The dramatic transformation of Russian architecture from the 1880s to the 1917 revolution reflected the profound changes in Russian society as it entered the modern industrial age. William Craft Brumfield examines the extraordinary diversity of architectural styles in this period and traces the search by architects and critics for a unifying idea that would define a new architecture. Generously illustrated with archival materials and with the authors own superb photographs, this is the first comprehensive study by a Western scholar of a neglected period in European architectural and cultural history. Brumfield explores the diverse styles of Russian modernism in part by analyzing the contemporary theoretical debate about them: the relation between technology and style, the obligation of architecture to society, and the role of architecture as an expression of national identity.