2 vols., 135, 162 pp., covering years 5 and 6 of the important yearbook chronicling the activities of the Moscow Architectural Society, each volume profusely illustrated with floor plans, architectural illustrations, elevations, façades, and photographs, year 6 also containing a brilliant full-color plate of Alexei Shchusev's avant-garde submission for a memorial to Christopher Columbus in Santo Domingo, the volumes containing text and captions in Russian and German. Some very minor scattered browning. 4to. Original typographic printed wrpps., some soiling, toning, and chipping, small loss to cover of Year 6 at lower front corner. Moscow (Izd. Moskovskogo Arkhitekturnogo Obshchestva/MAO) 1928-1930.
The Moscow Architectural Society was founded in 1867 and was the first Russian professional union of architects and construction engineers. As a group, they studied architecture and organized exhibitions and design competitions. Their first open architectural design competition was held in 1868, and in the 1920s these competitions were key in advancing avant-garde architectural designs. Many of these designs were never actually constructed, either due to lack of construction during and immediately following the Civil War, or because the projects were considered too avant-garde. The architects with projects in these volumes include the Vesnin Brothers, Shchusev, Ivanitsky, Zholtovsky, Kokorin, Barkhin, Razov, Golosov, Chernyshev, Voinov, Fridman, Ginsburg, and others. Scarce institutionally. Book ID: 48952