Music Cubicles Anatole Kopp was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and reared in Paris. He studied at the Sorbonne P. Kopp also recalled hearing about the college from Laurence B. Anderson, professor at M. The Kopps enrolled at the Summer Work Camp for a week before heading west.
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He was the first to introduce the Soviet avant-garde architecture to the history of International Modern movement and one of the first Western authors to write about Soviet architecture of the s. Communist and architect himself, Kopp visited the Soviet Union for the first time with a group of French architects in During this travel, he discovered the Soviet architecture of the s, almost unknown in the West at that time. In his first and the most known book on Soviet architecture, Town and Revolution , Kopp drew open parallels between the present and the past of Modernist architecture considering the Soviet experience of the s as modernist par excellence and a model for renewal of the post-war European architecture.
Unfortunately, already in the early s, Kopp became disillusioned with both the Soviet and European contemporary architectural practice. Already in the s the British art historian Catherine Cook considered the Soviet avant-garde as an aesthetic movement, leaving its radical ideology aside. In his reading of the Soviet avant-garde Kopp was driven by political impulse, whereas his successors were more interested in formal analysis.
This case is also a telling example of transfer of knowledge. When Kopp wrote his book on the Soviet avant-garde in France in the s, he made an act of translation. He used the Soviet avant-garde as an example and a possible model for French architects who were building mass social housing in order to struggle with the housing crisis.
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