Feb 25, 2010

Cold War Flashback

If you’re interested, there’s an awesome retrospective on the bitter architecture wars which erupted between east and west during Cold War-era World Expos.

At the 1959 World Expo in Moscow, GE's canary yellow “modern kitchen” sparked the Nixon-Khrushchev kitchen debates. (Is that Leonid Brezhnev eyeing the self-cleaning oven?)

The Soviets responded with this monster pavilion at the 1967 Montreal World Expo, featuring the exhibition’s largest restaurant (stuff it GE).

Which, if anyone is keeping score, was a shameless rip off of Eero Saarinen’s 1958 design for the Main Terminal at Dulles airport.


Leopolis said...

But the Forrestal Building (US Dept of Energy) building is such an ugly brutalist monstrosity it simply has to be a rip off of some Soviet concrete block of crap.

Pirates(and)Diplomats said...


But what does that make the Kennedy Center?

Anonymous said...

Re Leonid I and the Khrushchev-Nixon debate: The National Lampoon published thought balloons for this picture in the 1970s. Nixon: "The next time I'm here, I'll be in charge." Leonid: "The next time he's here, I'll be in charge." Nikita S: "Old Ukrainian proverb, whether hot water or cold, shit floats."

PetrusDran said...

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