‘Change life!’ ‘Change society!’  These precepts mean nothing without the production of an appropriate space. A lesson to be learned from the Soviet constructivists of 1920-30, and from their failure, is that new social relationships call for new space, and vice versa.

Hernri Lefebvre, The Production of Space

The Russian avant.garde of the 1920’s to early 1930s made one of the most important contributions to the internatinal Modern Movement. Moscow as the new capital of the young Soviet Union became one  centre of the architctural avant-garde, developing its ideas and erecting quite a number of public buildings and housing for the anticipated communist society after the revolution of 1918. More than 250 buildings were built in Moscow betwen 1925 and 1932. Some of them were outstanding icons for the rational ideas of Russia’s constructivist architecture.

From Anke Zalivaki