DUSHKIN: A MASTER OF THE STYLES
Alexei Nikolaevich Dushkin is important as the only architect to have experienced both Stalin and Khrushchev's dictates on architectural style (from Constructivism to Empire to pared-down Classicism) and to have stayed at the top of the tree throughout. His work was recently given a retrospective at the vigorously active Moscow Schusev Architecture Museum, marking the 100th anniversary of his birth.
Despite having designed some of the best stations on Moscow's Metro system, his work is increasingly under threat. Two, Mayakovskii and Kropotkinskaya, are in increasingly bad condition, while his 'Children's World' department store, an intelligent response to an awkward site on Luybyanka Square (across from the KGB headquarters), is threatened with a facade job, in spite of its splendid interior. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is to sponsor this disaster.