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Judging ‘Architecture of the USSR’ by its covers: 13 remarkable designs from the Soviet magazine

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The first issue of the Soviet magazine Architecture of the USSR was published in July 1933. Over the next 59 years, it would feature all of the most famous architectural and urban planning projects in the Soviet Union. Here is a selection of the magazine’s covers—themselves contributing to the legacy of Soviet design.

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Issue No. 3, 1968. An issue about female architects.

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Issue No. 8, 1983. Plan of a residential building made from pre-fabricated blocks.

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Issue No. 6, 1983. Plan for the Budeshte Hill residential complex in Chisinau.

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Issue No. 4, 1969. Model of the Lenin Memorial Center in Ulyanovsk.

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Issue No. 7, 1983. A project for a Soviet competition to design noise-insulated homes. Fragment of the facade.

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Issue No. 5, 1983. School in the Norashen district of Yerevan.

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Issue No. 7, 1972. A cover designed by architect G. Khadzhin.

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Issue No. 2, 1979. Fragment of Kutuzov Avenue in Moscow. Drawing by architect N. Bekina.

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Issue No. 1, 1975. Design for a hotel which was under construction in Izmailovo.

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Issue No. 8, 1975. Design for a multi-story industrial building. Facade.

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Issue No. 9, 1982. A poster by G. Žukauskas.

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Issue No. 5, 1969. A variation of the master plan for central Tashkent.

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Issue No. 12, 1983. Collage by B. Leviant and I. Shalmin.

Save for a few brief interruptions, Architecture of the USSR was in circulation from 1933 to 1992. Many issues of the magazine are now digitized and can be downloaded from the digital archives of Soviet journals or read online.

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