Restoring the Past: A Conversation with Architect Moisei Ginzburg


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In this episode we talk to architect Alexei Ginzburg about Narkomfin, the building designed by his grandfather, one of the leading members of the Constructivist group, Moisei Ginzburg. Alexei Ginzburg and his wife Natasha have recently published in facsimile, English translations of Moisei's books about architecture: 'Rhythm in Architecture' and 'Dwelling'. In addition, Alexei Ginzburg is the chief restoration architect of Narkomfin, presently underway after many years of neglect. Pushkin House Director, Clem Cecil, interviewed Alexei Ginzburg about the significance of Narkomfin, the theory and ideas of the Constructivists, and the experience of restoring his own grandfather's building.