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Georgii Krutikov

The Flying City and Beyond

In 1927, while a student of architecture at the Moscow Vhutemas, Georgii Krutikov presented a vision for a flying city. More than just a flight of architectural fancy, Krutikov’s flying city was a utopian dream, a plan to solve the seemingly intractable problems of overcrowding and resource depletion by moving humanity’s living quarters to space. Inspired in equal parts by sci-fi dreams of space travel and the revolutionary idealism that still percolated in the Soviet Union at that time, Krutikov created an incredible amount of detailed information about his city: sketches, drawings, plans, and more.

Krutikov’s flying city has been cited as a major influence on Russian modernism for decades, yet little has been written about the design, its creator, or his subsequent architectural career. This beautifully illustrated book fills that gap, presenting a detailed study of Krutikov’s scheme and its underlying ethos, then tracing Krutikov’s later work as an architect. It will interest—and amaze—all fans of the avant-garde, architecture, and Russian history.

160 pages | 10 color plates, 90 line drawings | 6 1/4 x 8 1/4 | © 2015

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“[Khan-Magomedov has] uncovered a treasure trove: the original Flying City drawings, photographs of students’ work, unpublished manuscripts, and more. With these documents, the details of Krutikov’s vision finally come to light.”

Air & Space Magazine

“[This] is the first translation of the late veteran Soviet scholar Khan-Magomedov’s study of the designer of the notorious ‘flying city,’ a seriously argued 1928 proposal for an airborne form of settlement as a solution to the housing crisis bequeathed by the bourgeois city. It gives weight both to this justly famous scheme and to Krutikov’s later career designing elegant, but comparatively earthbound stations for the Moscow Metro.”

Architectural Review

“Khan-Magomedov presents an enlightening analysis of the work by Krutikov. . . . [This] book finally brings to public attention the achievements of this extraordinary architect.”

Russian Review

Table of Contents

A Sensation at the Vkhutemas (Instead of an Introduction)
Dreams of Aeronautics
Tackling the Problem of “Mobile Architecture”
The Psycho-Technical Laboratory at the Vkhutein
The Investigation of Moving Forms (The Analytical Component of Krutikov’s Diploma Project)
Discussions of Krutikov’s Diploma Project
Georgii Krutikov’s ‘Flying City’
The Problems of Flexible Town Planning
The Town-Commune ‘Avtostroi’
Perfecting the Cosmic Theme: The Monument to Columbus
Exhibition Design
Tackling the Architectural Problem of the New Theatre
The Palace of the Soviets (The First Preparatory Phase of the Competition)
The Flight to Preserve Architecture Landmarks


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