“There are local practitioners who search for contemporary architectures that are locally rooted. They are few, their work is scattered and its regional qualities are not readily recognisable…That some among the dominant group care about struggling for regional expressions is a tribute to their sensitivity; especially as their colleagues eyes have remained and do remain fixed on overseas.“
Alan Lipman in a paper presented at the Harold Wolpe Lecture Series, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, 24 April 2003.
Currently on view at “The Poetics of Boxes” the first monographic exhibit in Europe of the work of Mathias Klotz, opening Sept. 13 at Aedes Berlin.
Customs House at the Finnish Border (1967) in Russia
Masha reviews the book Soviet Modernism: 1955-1985, An Anthology by Felix Novikov and Vladimir Belogolovsky, released in 2010. She notes that while the work surveyed is a sort of belated, rational public modernism of the kind even Corbusier could “sign off on“, it was within the context of the Soviet Union a radical political and cultural shift. As it was articulated by Khrushchev as an alternative to Stalin’s Socialist realism. Seems like it has some great photos and also some text for those who want to learn more about Soviet style late-Modernism…
Zvartnotz International Airport (1980) in Yerevan, Armenia
Architect: Rajiv Saini Project: House in Pune
Or check out this small temple.
Architect: Sameep Padora Project: Shiv Temple, Pune
From a great photo feature in the May 2011 issue of Wallpaper* “W* assemble India’s leading architects” in which Ellie Stathaki explores India’s booming and rich architectural scene.