Saturday, July 12, 2008

Cosmic Communist Constructions

The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) has put together a show of "Cosmic Communist Constructions." The 48 photographs, represent buildings shot over a five year period by French photographer, Frederic Chaubin. The buildings, constructed behind the iron curtain during the 1970s and 1980s, represent a treasure of little known Modernist architecture. One building is so unique, it was once erroneously designated a missile silo by American intelligence operations.

These images show creative freedom from a nation usually thought to be devoid of imaginative work,” said Gregory Dreicer, Vice President of Exhibitions and Programs. “They are comparable in imaginative force to the designs of Bertrand Goldberg and Harry Weese.”
Many of the structures featured in this show are threatened with demolition. We know a lot of you are out there on the road for work and/or pleasure. If you are near Chicago, put some dazzle in your trip and take in this surprising exhibition.

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