10.11.2016 The Future of Narkomfin and Russia's Constructivist Legacy: a Conversation with Architect Alexey Ginzburg
Pushkin houseA discussion with the lead architect on the conservation project for the world famous Narkomfin building, the first Constructivist building to be built in the Soviet Union. Ginzburg is the grandson of the original architect of the building, ideologue of Constructivism - Moisei Ginzburg. Alexey will also talk about the upcoming publication of english translations of his grandfather's books "Rhythm in Architecture" and "Style and Epoch," which are being supported by Ginzburg Design Limited. Alexey Ginzburg recently completed the restoration of the exterior of the Izvestiya building in Moscow, another important monument of Constructivism, and will talk about the wider problems facing buildings of the avant garde in Moscow today. In conversation with Pushkin House Director Clem Cecil.
Strelka MagazineArchitect Alexey Ginzburg and Rights League director Garegin Barsumyan discuss examining the Narkomfin Building and working on its restoration project.
Following the bidding held in August, Russian company Rights League acquired 95% of the Narkomfin Building. Acquisition by a single owner has allowed the initiation of a large-scale restoration project for the entire building instead of planning changes for each individual floor and block. Rights League has invited Alexey Ginzburg, the grandson of Narkomfin Building architect Moisei Ginzburg, and historic preservation company PF-Grado to develop a restoration and adaptation project for Narkomfin.
Over many years of neglect the eastern wall of the building has severely deteriorated; numerous original elements have been damaged or lost. Proper restoration will also require tearing down nearly 450 square meters of space due to conservation obligations.
The Moscow Times
Mysterious investors plan restoration of Moscow's Narkomfin.
Archi.ruAbout the changes in the modernist paradigm, the vitality of the mission to make this world a better place, the differences between the positions of an architect and a renovator, and about an open mind that is developed by doing challenging tasks and working in different genres.
05.05.2015 Moscow's Narkomfin building: Soviet blueprint for collective living – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 29
The GuardianShared living spaces and the emancipation of women from domestic drudgery were at the forefront of the Narkomfin’s groundbreaking design. So why was this building rejected almost as soon as it was completed?
McAdam Architects, in a joint venture with Moscow-based Ginzburg Architects, has been shortlisted for a 40,000 m2 mixed use, “Sputnik” multi-storey development in the resort city of Sochi (Krasnodar region), on the Black Sea coast, southern Russia.
ArchDaily.comThe Architectural Department of Moscow City Government (MosComArhitectura) has announced the shortlisted teams competing to design the strategy that will be used to double the size of Moscow. With an uneven distribution of working places throughout the Russian Federation capital, millions of residents are forced to commute each day to the over-populated, historic city center, thus causing serious transportation, ecological and social problems within the region.
20.10.2010 Le Corbusier’s “The Atmosphere of Moscow,” along with His Letter to Ginzburg on Deurbanization (1930)
FARAM.RUCompany “FARAM RU” act as a sponsor of the TATLIN MONO «GINZBURG ARCHITECTS» monograph and it’s presentation.
ARTinvetsment.RUTomorrow at the Center of Contemporary Culture "Garage" will lecture on the history of Alexei Ginzburg Narkomfin and problems of recovery.
BBC NewsA visit to a crumbling emblem of communal life offers a strikingly modern vision for living, finds the BBC's James Rodgers. His diary is published fortnightly.
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Vanguard Lost and Found: Soviet Modernist Architecture between Peril and Preservation
Symposium: Saturday, September 29, 2007
Following the seminal "Heritage at Risk" conference held in Moscow in April 2006, this symposium addresses pressing issues in the preservation of the modernist legacy of the most significant edifices built by radical Soviet architects in the 1920s and 1930s. Through two keynote addresses, case studies, and a roundtable discussion, Russian, European, and American architects, historians, and policymakers explore the current situation and eventual destiny of Soviet avant-garde architecture, which is increasingly threatened by neglect and speculative development.