A history of Russian exposition and festival architecture 1700-2014
This collection of thirteen vignettes addresses several important episodes in the history of Russian temporary architecture and public art, from the royal festivals during the times of Peter the Great up to the recent venues including the Sochi Winter Olympics. The forms and the circumstances of their design were drastically different; however, the projects discussed in the book share a common feature: they have been instrumental in the construction of Russia’s national identity, with its perception of the West - simultaneously, a foe and a paragon - looming high over this process. The book offers a history of multidirectional relationships between diplomacy, propaganda, and architecture.
The chapter examines the design of the 1967 World's Fair in Moscow. The author analyzes attempts to find a modern architectural design for the pavilions and the exhibition area during two rounds of the competition (1960 and 1961)