Off Location: Drawings for the U.S. Embassy Moscow
by Tim Abrahams
Booklet, saddle-stitched, 175 x 175 mm, 18 pp
The booklet celebrates an exhibition on the work of Carlos Diniz for the SOM-designed US Embassy in Moscow in the 1970s. The exhibition was held at Pushkin House, London from 12 – 28 February 2018. It was the realisation of an impromptu idea, borne out of the coincidence of two events: the unpacking of these works in the Drawing Matter archive by Niall Hobhouse and Nicholas Olsberg, and the BBC's announcement of President Trump's cancellation of his visit to London for the new US Embassy, citing the bad deal cut by the Obama Administration.
'The Diniz drawings for Moscow are rare in being a complete record in themselves, and in demonstrating the seamless collaboration between the great 20c architectural 'illustrator' and Edward Basset SOMS's Principal Architect on the project. They belong to a short moment of relative thaw in Cold War politics; of an American Dream on the banks of the Volga that proved impossible to realise. Drawing Matter acquired the drawings because they offered rare insight into the process by which architecture is conceived and sometimes built; it was made in the spirit of informal enquiry, and of occasional historical scholarship.'
– Niall Hobhouse