Item description for Eastmodern: Architecture and Design of the 1960s and 1970s in Slovakia by O. Elser Hertha Hurnaus...
Eastern modernist architecture of the 60's and 70's is moving away from the specialized focus of international architecture debates and becoming a subject of discussion within the broader context of general interest. The excellent photos in the book convey the flair of an era in which planning was obviously the product of a collective vision, more so than is the case today.
The photographic and documentation project compiled by Herta Hurnaus, who lives in Vienna, and the architects Benjamin Konrad and Maik Novotny analyzes the work of prominent Slovakian architects of the time in a photographic documentary and an "oral history".
The monumental prestigious buildings are above all the most impressive at first glance, with their features that display parallels to the sculptural designs of popular contemporary offices.
The illustrated book contains short interviews in an appendix and address architects and all those who are fascinated the aesthetic of the time.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.2" Width: 8.1" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1.9 lbs.
Release Date Nov 8, 2007
ISBN 3211715312 ISBN13 9783211715314
Reviews - What do customers think about Eastmodern: Architecture and Design of the 1960s and 1970s in Slovakia?
Extraordinary book, defying buildings May 6, 2008
Amazing buildings, beautiful photographs, interesting texts, very good book. The research and selection done by the authors is extremely relevant to understand and perceive what was going on in social terms in this side of Europe during the 1960s and 1970s, and how that had created an immediate perspective in built environment via architecture. Besides that, future was very much happening those days in countries like Slovakia. There was a pure belief in a better and more sophisticated history that is clear in the extraordinary and defying designs shown in 'Eastmodern'. It would be close to perfect if it would be a hard cover edition. Nevertheless it is simply a pleasure to flip through the pages of this unmissable book.
A talented photographer makes socialist realism architecture look good Mar 26, 2008
Even if you wanted to, you can't ignore socialist realism architecture in post-communist countries. So often, buildings in this style stick out incongruously, making it hard for the viewer to decide if it is aesthetically pleasing or not. Therefore, it's a good thing that a talented photographer has done us the favor of making these kinds of buildings seen in the most flattering ways possible.
I love these photographs. They are taken by Hertha Hurnaus, a photographer who is creative and has a definite artistic eye. The pictures make me feel more generously about a style that I often dislike but because where I live, I spend a lot of time around.
There is also the Eastmodern website that has pictures in its gallery section. www.eastmodern.com