The influential and emblematic Sovremennaya Arkhitektura was the publication of the avant-garde
OSA (Society of Contemporary Architects).
The journal ran from 1926 to 1930 as a bi-monthly. It addressed a very wide range of subjects such as town planning and construction of living space, industrial and social buildings. There were also articles about the history and theory of architecture and the influence of classical architects on the contemporary scale.
As a result of great talent, motivation, intense debates and opposing influences, the constructivist architects of the 1920s produced some of the most intensely emblematic and rational buildings of the modern era. Their work influenced so many others that one might say it is only Le Corbusier who outreached them in fame and significance.
This magazine survives as a relic from the dream of inter-disciplinary artistic expression, whence the world is rebuilt for a future of modernity, opportunity and freedom.
People from Sovermennaya Arkhitektura
Some of the most notable figures of the avant-garde worked on SA.
Aleksei Gan – Artist, definer of ‘Constructivism’. Gan was a very significant contributor to the journal in that he designed and drew most of the covers, was responsible for the typography and the advertisement arrangements. His book ‘Constructivism’ (1922) states:
« Moisei Ginzburg – Editor of SA, designer of the world-famous ‘Narkomfin’ building in Moscow. A lecturer at VKhUTEMAS, his vision was an architectural synthesis of modern materials, construction technology and socialist principles.
Aleksandr Vesnin » – Editor, architect of both civil and industrial projects, (Dneprogres Hydroelectric Plant is the work of Aleksandr and his brothers, Viktor and Leonid), artist, theatre designer, performance designer. He was a teacher at VKhUTEMAS.
The journal is considered so significant that recently the Russian Tatlin publishing house decided to make reprints of all the editions and collect them in 5 volumes. The edition in our collection is an original from 1927.