Architect Alexei Ginzburg and the Narkomfin Building

Join us and Fontanka at the Calvert 22 Bookshop for an evening dedicated to Constructivist architecture and meet architect Alexei Ginzburg, grandson of Soviet architect Moisei Ginzburg.

Alexei will give insight into the Narkomfin, his grandfather’s 1929 masterpiece of Constructivism, and into tendencies in restoration of Constructivist architecture like the Narkomfin, Izvestia building, and others.

He will also present two books by Moisei Ginzburg that have recently been presented in English for the first time, including a facsimile publication of the landmark 1934 book Dwelling, which sheds light on the philosophy and theory of Soviet architecture and the significance of the Narkomfin.

Alexei will also be on hand for a Q&A with Will Strong, Programme Manager at Calvert 22 Foundation.

Read more about the Narkomfin Building in The Calvert Journal here.

About the book

Dwelling: Five Years’ Work on the Problem of the Habitation by Moisei Ginzburg

Dwelling: Five Years’ Work on the Problem of the Habitation was the third of four groundbreaking works written by the Soviet modernist architect Moisei Ginzburg (1892–1946). Originally published in 1934, this facsimile edition is the first translation of the entire book into English, detailing Ginzburg’s work over a five-year period in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

Starting with a broad survey of habitation in different cultures and traditions, Ginzburg elucidates the ways in which he and his colleagues tried to adapt and apply architectural solutions to the new demands of Soviet life. This includes a detailed analysis of the Narkomfin building in Moscow, now being restored by his grandson, the architect Alexey Ginzburg; a description of his work on the commune house; and the theories behind two major housing projects: Magnitogorya and Zeleny Gorod. The period covered by Dwelling represents the highpoint of Constructivism.

Published by Ginzburg Design and Fontanka.