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Architectural form generation in suprematist painterly space : the significance of El Lissitzky's prouns

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2005
Kavas, Kemal Reha
This thesis re-conceptualizes Lazar Markovich (El) Lissitzky's (1890-1941) PROUN drawings as architectural representations. The study reframes the PROUNs within the intellectual climate of the Russian Avant-garde, circa 1920 when the compatibility of the two-dimensional form generative approach with industrial production was contested. The mentioned reframing is intended to serve as a tool for the principal argument of this thesis: the PROUNs as architectural representations, indicate an alternative and inspiring constructivist strategy. This condition might suggest an intellectual process for architectural design along with the contributions of individual skill and craftsmanship which were surpassed by the mainstream Constructivism.