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Inside North Korea


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Edizione: Multilingue (Francese, Inglese, Tedesco)Disponibilità: Coming soon
Offrendo un raro sguardo all'interno del Regno Eremita, il giornalista e fotografo del Guardian Oliver Wainwright ci accompagna in un viaggio architettonico a porte chiuse nel Paese più segreto del mondo. Dagli atrii rivestiti di mosaici dei centri sanitari di epoca sovietica agli interni color caramella dei nuovissimi teatri, le sue fotografie accendono i riflettori sull'ambizione del regime recluso di “trasformare l'intero Paese in un paese da favola socialista.”
Hardcover8.3 x 10.8 in.3.52 lb240 pagine
Inside North Korea

Inside North Korea


Pastel Dreams

The powerful architecture of North Korea

Erased by bombing during the Korean War, North Korea’s trophy capital of Pyongyang was entirely rebuilt from scratch from 1953, in line with the vision of the nation’s founder, Kim Il Sung. Designed as an imposing stage set, it is a place of grand axial boulevards linking gargantuan monuments, lined with stately piles of distinctly Korean flavor, to be “national in form and socialist in content.”

Under the present leader, Kim Jong Un, construction has ramped up apace—“Let us turn the whole country into a socialist fairyland,” declares one of his official patriotic slogans. He is rapidly transforming Pyongyang into a playground, conjuring a flimsy fantasy of prosperity and using architecture as a powerful anesthetic, numbing the population from the stark reality of his authoritarian regime.

Guardian journalist and photographer Oliver Wainwright takes us on an eye-opening tour behind closed doors in the most secretive country in the world, revealing that past the grand stone façades lie lavish wonder-worlds of marble and mosaic, coffered ceilings, and crystal chandeliers, along with new interiors in dazzling color palettes. Discover the palatial reading rooms of the Grand People’s Study House, and peer inside the locker rooms of the recently renovated Rungrado May Day Stadium, ready to host a FIFA World Cup that will never come.

This collection features about 200 photographs with insightful captions, as well as an introductory essay where Wainwright charts the history and development of Pyongyang, explaining how the architecture and interiors embody the national “Juche” ideology and questioning what the future holds for the architectural ambitions of this enigmatic country.

Oliver Wainwright is the architecture and design critic at The Guardian. Trained as an architect, he worked for OMA in Rotterdam and for the Mayor of London’s Architecture & Urbanism Unit. He is a regular visiting lecturer at a number of architecture schools, including Harvard, Yale, and the Architectural Association. He has written extensively on architecture and design, and has served as curatorial advisor to the Architecture Foundation in London. His photographs have been exhibited internationally and are regularly used to illustrate his articles.


Julius Wiedemann ha studiato graphic design e marketing, e ha lavorato come art editor per diverse riviste di design e digital media a Tokyo. Le sue numerose pubblicazioni per i tipi di TASCHEN dedicati ai media digitali includono Illustration Now!, Logo Design, Jazz Covers e Information Graphics.

Inside North Korea
Hardcover21 x 27.5 cm1.59 kg240 pagine

ISBN 978-3-8365-7221-7

Edizione: Multilingue (Francese, Inglese, Tedesco)
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4 Valutazioni

Morgan C.,15 settembre 2023
Lovely book

Beautiful, high-quality book

Brian,6 novembre 2021
This is a very beautiful hardback book. The quality of the photos is excellent. Really interesting look into North Korea!

Loved the Photos

Brandon,27 ottobre 2021
Great coffee table book and regularly intrigues guests. Very wide range of high-quality photos.

So unusual

Anthony D.,27 ottobre 2021
This book is fascinating in its rich detail. As a thoroughly Western individual I have simply never seen terrain of its like. It is both weird and enthralling at the same time. The world in this book is clean, sterile almost, and bereft of advertising hoardings or logos, just walls and windows, sky and land. So fascinating. It is a place that I visit regularly but have never set foot there. To see these profound photographs is enough. A wonderful book. A+++