Sergey Chernyshev (1881-1963), one of the founders of Soviet urban planning, deservedly occupies a special place among the leading Russian architects of the twentieth century. Already a respected architect before the Russian Revolution, his talent also gained recognition in the Soviet era. Chernyshev's large-scale designs attracted widespread attention - from the 1935 Master Plan for the Reconstruction of Moscow to his work on the restoration of cities such as Kiev, Leningrad, Warsaw and Berlin. Chernyshev's designs have achieved global fame and recognition. Even in the dramatic years under the Stalin regime, Sergey Chernyshev sought to embody the concept of an "ideal society" in architecture and urban planning theories. He successfully implemented bold and innovative designs, at the same time managing to adhere to national architectural traditions and remain faithful to his own vision.
Ivan Lykoshin, born 1977. Writer, columnist, and literary critic. Studied at the Foreign Language and Literature School of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, as well as Victor Golishev's workshop at the Gorki Literary Institute in Moscow. Member of Russian Union of Writers. Irina Cheredina, born 1953. Art critic and architecture historian. Studied at the Lomonosov Moscow State University. Defended her dissertation at the Moscow Insti tute of Architecture. Professor, Moscow Institute of Architecture, Department of Soviet and Contemporary Foreign Architecture. Author of various works on the history of Soviet architecture.