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.

5 comments:

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...

Agreed.

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...

LOL, I love it.

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