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Forecast and Fantasy: Architecture without Borders, 1960s–1980s 
Andres Kurg, Mari Laanemets

Published on the occasion of the exhibition by the same name at the Estonian Museum of Architecture, 20 January – 30 April 2023.

Forecast and Fantasy stages a meeting point for scientific predictions and futuristic fantasies that were manifested in architecture and art from the 1960s to the 1980s. The works gathered here emerged from the new technological reality that followed the Second World War, and took it along unexpected paths: foreseeing the replacement of work with games and collective pleasures in computerised societies, turning away from the overarching machine logic and replacing it with myths and romantic ideas of the human being, or looking for traces of other civilizations from space, instead of conquering it. Focusing on Eastern European conceptual architecture and drawing it together with selected parallels from the West, the book presents a new reading of the ‘postmodern turn’. It also recontextualises phenomena such as ‘paper architecture’, constructivist aesthetics and geometric abstractionism.

The book includes 799 color and black and white illustrations from among others the following architects and artists: Kirmo Mikkola, Hardijs Lediņš, Jozef Jankovič, Zdeněk Hölzel, Jan Kerel, László Rajk, Gábor Bachman, Yuri Avvakumov, Totan Kuzembaev, Vilen Künnapu, Ain Padrik, Mari Kurismaa, Toomas Rein, Kai Koppel, István B. Gellér, Zoltán Gyertyános, Predrag Ristić, Stefan Müller, Constantin Flondor, Avo-Himm Looveer, Tibor Gáyor, Anna Halprin, Tõnis Vint, Leonhard Lapin, Stano Filko, Alessandro Poli, Jüri Okas, Alexander Brodsky & Ilya Utkin, Mare Vint, Sirje Runge, János Sugár.

The publication also features work by collectives DNA, Archizoom Associati, NER, Archigram, OHO, Dvizhenie, Superstudio, and materials from magazines and publishing projects Arkkitehti, Japan Architect, Archigram, L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, Bercsényi 28-30, and Ehituskunst.

The Project is supported by the Estonian Research Council grant (PSG 530), Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Academy of Arts

210  × 280 mm
400 pp
Offset printing
Sewn binding
In English
Texts: Andres Kurg, Mari Laanemets
Additional texts: Kristina Papstel, Andi Soós
Graphic design: Indrek Sirkel
Paper: Munken Polar Rough 100g, G-Pring 100g, MBB Prime White 235g
Typeface: Univers
Printed by Tallinn Book Printers
Supported by Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Academy of Arts
Edition of 500
Published by Lugemik and Estonian Museum of Architecture
ISBN 978-9916-9817-4-0