the paper architecture of brodsky & utkin

picked up a book yesterday from the princeton architectural press collecting some of the works by the russian architectural duo of alexander brodsky and ilya utkin and i’m very happy i did. got it for a song and it’s a really gorgeous book. or rather the 28 plates are. they’re an interesting duo, a bit like a visual rosencrantz and guildernstern in that they create etchings together and their styles are indistinguishable within the whole. the buildings and spaces they create are wildly poetic in no small part because they are by and large unbuildable. these are paper architects you see.


crystal palace puts me in mind of freedowm tower plans.

bulwark of resistance: interesting notion until a garbage truck wipes the patio out (note that the patio is a duplicate of the lower-level bedroom).

the columbarium mobile does not feel vast, as it is, but rather makes one feel small, like an ant in a closet where model houses line the shelves.

on the whole, this is like edward gorey’s metropolis of the future. there are still tragedies, but now they involve children riding their tricycles in the yard, falling to their deaths in the columbarium because there were no guard rails.

posted by .  on  10/02  at  07:07 PM



columbarium habitabile, rather. why did i write ‘mobile’?
these pics would make good wallpaper, no?

posted by .  on  10/02  at  07:09 PM



These are fascinating—thank you.

posted by misteraitch  on  10/03  at  03:33 AM



I like so much the time here, it is mostly an enchanted moments, moments of discoveries, for a second you make me feel like a real Voyager in imaginative time and lands!
thank you

posted by Moon  on  10/05  at  02:56 PM



Why are all the posts and also comments all in lwer case, as though by so doing a whole new approach to something has been gained? ee cummings did this sort of thing and it was ok because he was trying graphaically to say things.Here though it is sijmply Fuck conventions…we reduce all things to one way. advise (or: Advise)

posted by fred lapides  on  10/06  at  04:03 PM


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