The aim I set myself is to investigate the relationship between the imagined city and the rhetoric of “new frontier” in works by Georgii T. Krutikov (Gorod budushchego - City of the Future, 1928), and by Hugh Ferriss (The Metropolis of Tomorrow, 1929). I want to interpret the circumstances that prompted these two architects to suggest intruiging concepts of the ideal city in which both authors employed similar metaphors associated with height and a skyward trend applied to urban space. Why is the improbable idea of “flying” buildings such an important part of Krutikov’s city, and why does Ferriss’s metropolis evoke mountainous formations? Since Krutikov’s proposition coincided with the adoption of Stalin’s First Five-Year-Plan, and Ferriss’s publication concurred with the Wall Street Crash, my interest leads me to reevaluate these two projects according to ideas residing outside of aesthetics. Hence, my paper considers how artistic practice is interconnected with socio-political issues.
|Keywords:||Politics and Art, 1920s Architecture in USSR and USA, Frontier Ideology, Ideal City, Ferriss, Krutikov|
Art History Instructor, Visual Arts Department, Univerity of the Fraser Valley, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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