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Impressions of the Charnel-House

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P2P Foundation
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…one of the best blogs of all time…

— Michael Bauwens (founder
of the P2P Foundation)
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ENTSCHWINDET & VERGEHT: A wraith spreading grey banality everywhere
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[The] Charnel-House

Speaking of systematic; nobody has has been providing more in-depth architecture writing than Ross Wolfe. A brilliantly generous scholar of early Soviet architecture, he has been posting up all manner of essay, research, analysis and image scans, which if you can give it time is unsurpassed. However, if ultra-left purism is not your thing then you might find his frequent arguments and intellectual hatchet jobs a little hard to digest, but it’s more than offset by the density of the academic work.

— Douglas Murphy (critic, author
of The Architecture of Failure)
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Philip Belesky
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While Soviet art and architecture is far outside my academic wheelhouse, the level of research that Ross puts into his posts ensures that its never outside my personal interest.

— Philip Beretsky (designer,
PhD candidate at SIAL)
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Nasty, Brutalist, and Short
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Ross Wolfe asks that I publicise his frankly monumental efforts to scan and upload the annals of Constructivism onto his excellent blog: which I am happy to do. The SA archives, or Izvestia ASNOVA, are especially essential.

— Owen Hatherley (critic, author of
The New Ruins of Great Britain)
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Architizer
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Spotted on Ross Wolfe’s invaluable, voracious, and always excellent blog are these brilliant architecture models of Soviet Constructivist architecture made by 5th year students at the .  Find more (a lot more) at The Charnel House, which I really can’t recommend enough.

— Samuel Medina (architecture
critic & blogger at Architizer)
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Deep Focus
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The Charnel-House is a blog written and produced by University of Chicago graduate student Ross Wolfe whose research focuses in part on the history of avant-garde architecture, the environment, technology and utopianism in Russia and Central Europe. Through The Charnel-House, Wolfe provides commentary on this range of topics as well as access to a wealth of historical images including photographs, sketches, blueprints, watercolors and more. The blog is updated on a regular basis and its elegant layout makes it an appealing study break.

— Ashley (architectural critic and
blogger at University of Texas)
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Kosmograd
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An epic post by Ross Wolfe on the avant-garde in the USSR, with special consideration of architecture and urbanism.

— Kosmograd (cosmonaut, futurist)
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A wayward wanderer in the abyss
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[G]reat blog. I love reading it for the really out-there Marxist futurism and now OWS gossip. I’m not going to say much about my politics other than that they are broadly left-liberal, which means I can bang on Marxists plenty, but that’s been done. I’d rather bang on anarchists, and some of the material I’m reading here has been a lot of help.

— DMZ3 (random commenter)
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Melissa Stanley
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This is a such a fantastic page.

— graduate student of architecture
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Dan Price
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Your blog is wonderful. I love your writing and the rich texture of the information.

— architect, PhD candidate at Tel Aviv
University, social housing in Israel

5 thoughts on “Impressions of the Charnel-House

  1. I don’t think this is really a blog, i see it like a library or an extensive portrait of a period, with the most valuable and compromised vision that i have found on the internet. A resource everybody (interested on arts, aesthethics and politics) should consult.
    Thanks Ross.

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