"Model City Pyongyang a photographic documentation by two Beijing based architects, Cristiano Bianchi and Kristina Drapić."
About this book
Model City Pyongyang is a photographic documentation by two Beijing based architects, Cristiano Bianchi and Kristina Drapić. A socialist utopian city, Pyongyang was rebuilt from scratch with the help of the Soviet Union after the Korean War in 1953. One-Party dictatorship made it possible for an appealing demonstration of totalitarian urban planning. The influence of Stalinist architecture is laden with Korean symbolism in architecture envisioned by Kim Il-sung. And after an architectural renaissance since Kim Jong-un assumed power in 2011, a more conservative but simplified style with pastel colours and retro futuristic shapes are applied to high-rise buildings.
The sky on all these 200 photographs have been replaced by the soft gradient of pastel colours favoured by Korean artists on their propaganda posters, resulting in a fictional reality feel. Despite being a city of over three million people, the photographs make it appear almost desolate, like it is meant to be admired rather than lived in.