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Thursday, June 19, 2008

L.A. Communism

posted by on June 19 at 12:17 PM

Despite all of its utopian talk about “the future society,” “society of knowledge,” “communities [being] organized structures,” and the “dynamic development of our society,” Arcspace’s article failed to recognize the real inspiration of the tower for Coop Himmelb(l)au’s Central Los Angeles Area High School #9:
The Tatlin Tower:
On overcast days, the top of the Tatlin Tower, which never made it into the world (in 1917, the Soviet Union had the desire but not the resources to make it real), was to project international news, important information, empowering slogans on the belly of passing clouds. That is the stuff of my dreams.

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Communism, architecture...throw in a naked woman and this will be a perfect post, Charles.

Posted by Gabriel | June 19, 2008 12:30 PM

Can you imagine if that was a roller coaster? That would kick ass!

Posted by weee! | June 19, 2008 12:32 PM

blah blah blah blah blah blah.....did I say blah blah?

Posted by BallardG | June 19, 2008 12:39 PM

This spirit, this brilliance, the beauty and creative energy of the revolution...Stalin starved it, beat it into submission, and where it refused to capitulate, he put two bullets in the back of it's neck.

Posted by Westside forever | June 19, 2008 12:43 PM

...or maybe that massive Stalin monument that used to loom over downtown Prague? (The Czechs blew it up after Joe ate the rug.)

Posted by Toe Tag | June 19, 2008 12:50 PM

I have a cinder block shed out back. I suppose the inspiration for its design should rightly be credited to Soviet-era apartment complexes. Who knew?

Posted by DaiBando | June 19, 2008 1:01 PM

That looks way more Endor Shield Bunker than Tatlin.

Posted by rb | June 19, 2008 1:14 PM

So, what the fuck is with the (l) in Coop Himmelb(l)au? It makes me want to set the architects on fire.

Posted by Fnarf | June 19, 2008 1:37 PM

You're boring when you're asleep too, huh?

Posted by Nastyass bitch | June 19, 2008 5:02 PM

Thanks for sharing this Charles. That Rooski tower woulda been super cool!

Posted by K X One | June 19, 2008 11:32 PM

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