Unbuildable Tatlin

In Vienna’s University of Applied Arts, Professor Klaus Bollinger and his students studied Vladimir Tatlin’s plans for the magnificent Monument of the Third International, a never-realised triumph of Constructivist architecture. You know it – four hundred metres tall, aslant, a metal structure reaching into the heavens. Could it have ever been built – either in Tatlin’s time or today? Did the technology exist then, or do currently available methodologies and materials permit its construction?

The result of the seminars of the good professor and his students is presented in the wonderful Unbuildable Tatlin?, which was one of the recent winners of the fifteen most beautiful Austrian books prize (Die schönsten Bücher Österreichs 2012). Check out some of the illustrations and geometric researches in it.


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