Due to the current political climate in the U.S, it might be as good a time as any to start getting accustomed to, and hopefully appreciate, fascist architecture. Let’s hope though, that our American version will have a little more pizzazz to it, a little bit more Hollywood glitz. For example, on top of the massive, white marble columns, it could say TRUMP in gold, sparkling letters. Instead of a godly and imposing concrete podium with a giant swastika underneath it, there could be gold thrones with the names of our emperor and his heirs and heiresses in neon. Let’s hope that, like the rest of American culture and sports, our fascist architecture will steal from past traditions, then just make it a lot more fun.
It’s hard to believe that Joseph Stalin could give birth to a school of architecture while exterminating 50 million of his own people, but he managed to make it happen. In fact, there was a new efficient system of urban design being considered in Kiev and throughout the whole country. Stalinist architecture was Beaux-Arts meets Bernie Sanders, a stark and simple realism for the everyman that still sought to let you know that Stalin was a god.
Pictured: Red Army Theater
Thing to Steal: Because of its proletariat roots, there is a devotion to public space. That’s not so bad.
Hitler’s Architect: Albert Speer
Albert Speer was Hitler’s right-hand designer, and a major player in the Nazi Party, yet he claimed to not know the Holocaust was happening (Hello Ben Carson . . .). Many of his grand structures did not get built, but he did make Zeppelinfield Stadium, which, like everything else Hitler wanted was grand, menacing, and most importantly, white.
Pictured: Zeppelinfield Stadium
Thing to Steal: Making a stadium look like a religious monument intimidates your opponent.
Giuseppe Terragni & Italian Fascist Architecture
Giuseppe Terragni was openly fascist, and his design mentality showed. His buildings are strict, rational and straight-forward, and not fun at all. For Terragni, architecture didn’t require creative expression. Instead, he sought logical perfection.
Pictured: Casa del Fascio
Thing to Steal: It makes great use of the space, and we’ll need somewhere to go when all of our social services get stripped from us.
While the designs in fascist architecture vary depending on the dictator’s taste and the cultural values in that country at the time, what unites all of them is their purpose: to unify the people through their collective pride in their nation. In the U.S, with over 2 million more votes going to Hillary Clinton in the popular vote, the wretchedness that is the Taj Mahal casino, Trump’s rants against Hamilton & SNL on Twitter, it’s doubtful whether his bravado can amass the same architectural success historically.
But then again, I also never would’ve dreamed that he would make it this far.
By: David Plick