‘Intellectual Market’ by Vladimir Tyurin
State Russian Museum, 1981
In 1981, a group of young architects in Moscow succeeded in dodging Soviet censorship by submitting projects to a competition announced by the magazine Japan Architecture. So began an informal movement that would bring together some 50 architects and groups who, throughout the 1980s, were to represent spearhead architecture in Russia and its environs. Dubbed “paper architecture”, after an exhibition held in 1984 in Moscow at the offices of Jonost, a youth magazine, this new aesthetic introduced an idea of design far removed from any kind of practical realisation. The drawings and engravings that these “paper architects” began to compose were defined as “projects for projects”.