“Problems of Modern Architecture”
Image: Detail from Nikolai Krasil’nikov’s
final diploma project at VKhUTEMAS (1928)
Final diploma project for Aleksandr Vesnin’s studio at VKhUTEIN
Vol. 3, № 6: 1928.
“In order to really know an object, it is necessary to comprehend, to study all sides of it, all its internal and external connectivities.” — Lenin
It is necessary to pursue and elaborate the implications of this proposition in every specialized field.
My initial premises:
1. The environment in which an organic body exists has an influence upon its form.
2. The forms of the various parts of the organic body are determined by their functions. Thus in a tree the forms of the root, the trunk, and the leaves are determined by the purposes they serve.
3. To put it mathematically, the form of every body is a complex function of many variables (and the concept of form embraces the internal structure of the body matter).
4. A scientific theory of the design of form can be developed through the dialectical method of thinking, with the application of mathematical methods of analysis; analysis, that is, which uses the infinitesimal quantities of analytical geometry along with both differential and integral calculus, and the theory of probability and mathematical statistics.
5. A theory of the design of architectural form must be based on the physical, mechanical, chemical, and biological laws of nature.
6. Socialist construction is unthinkable without the solution of economic aspects of the problem such as would yield the maximum economic effect in the very broadest sense. So the constructional economics of a building for human work or habitation must be measured in terms of:
1. the material resources expended in erecting and running it;
2. wear (amortization) and repair of the building;
3. the time expended by people on all forms of movement in and around it;
4. impairment of the health of individuals, which depends on the extent to which the sanitary-technical norms and laws on safety at work and leisure are observed; and
5. the working conditions which would promote an improvement in the productivity of labor in general and mental work in particular, or in the conditions for leisure.
7. Under present Soviet circumstances [destvitel'nosti], the achievement of maximum constructional economics in architecture is also a vital necessity for the successful realization of socialism. Continue reading