Russian Architecture at the Turn of the Twenty First Century – the presentation of a new book by Grigory Revzin.


A new book by influential Russian architecture critic Grigory Revzin sums up the disappointing results of the past two decades, which he connects with post-Soviet architecture’s attempt to solve the unsolvable problem of ideology in the new society – its desire to become part of Western civilisation and to separate itself from the Soviet historical and cultural experience.

Revzin’s book is an insightful commentary on his own newspaper and magazine articles published over several years about architectural issues of the day, and now united to form a single biased but valuable architectural portrait of the era, with its heroes and anti-heroes, creators and victims, triumphs and disasters.

“This book is about the architecture of post-Soviet Moscow. About twenty years of an almost continuous construction boom, when the capital of the world’s first socialist state was replaced by a capitalist metropolis. This is a book about Yuri Luzhkov’s conquest of Moscow, a book about the first period of Moscow’s history to be associated not with a supreme ruler of Russia, as Stalin’s, Khrushchev’s, or Brezhnev’s Moscow, but with name of the mayor: Luzhkov’s Moscow”.

Grigory Revzin is an architectural critic, a special correspondent at the Kommersant publishing house, a commissioner of the Russian pavilion at the Venice Biennale, and a member of the Moscow Board of Architecture. He has written several books on architecture, including “Neoclassicism in Russian Architecture of the Early Twentieth Century” (1992), “Essays on the Philosophy of Architectural form” (2002 ), and “On the Way to Bolivia: Notes on Russian Spirituality” (2006).