Made in Russia: What we can learn from Soviet design

By Justin McGuirk

USSR cold war design wasn’t all ungainly spacecraft and western knock-offs – beneath the yoke of communism, some important lessons about sustainability were being learned.

What went wrong for Soviet design? It started so promisingly. In the two decades after the Bolshevik revolution the constructivists were reimagining almost every aspect of daily life, from clothing to architecture. What spelled the end of design after the second world war – ironically, just as American consumer culture was coming into its own – was the entrenchment of a bureaucratic cadre.


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