Socialist modernism: remembering the architecture of the eastern bloc

Much of the brutalist architecture of eastern Europe is decrepit, but now a project aims to document and preserve it

The monumental but decaying grey, brutalist structures of central and eastern Europe are fading memories of the socialist era. So decrepit are some of these buildings that the Bureau for Art and Urban Research (Bacu) believes “socialist modernism” – the architecture from the former eastern bloc erected between 1955-91 – has been left out of the history books.

In an attempt to protect these buildings, Bacu started an initiative in 2014 to document and preserve the structures and their heritage.

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The Halls of Parting, Memory Park (Kyiv) Ukraine. built 1968–1981 Architect: A. Miletsky Artists: Ada Rybachuk and Vladimir Melnichenko Engineer A. Podgorny (c) BACU @_ba_cu #_ba_cu . . Map location: http://socialistmodernism.com/… . . Add new sites: http://socialistmodernism.com/add-locations-visitors/ . . Use the #SocialistModernism tag for the possibility to have your #SocHeritage shots featured. All information thus collected will be published on our website.

One of the two Obolon Collective Housing Towers, Kyiv, Ukraine Built in 1981, Architect: Budilovsky M., Kolomiets V., Katsin V., Morozov V., Ivanov I. with Ladnyi V. Engineer: Drizo V., Shapiro I., Ivanov O., Karpets D. (c) BACU @_ba_cu #_ba_cu . . Map location: http://socialistmodernism.com/?id=23&lat=50.499425&lng=30.499779 . . Add new sites: http://socialistmodernism.com/add-locations-visitors/ . . Use the #SocialistModernism tag for the possibility to have your #SocHeritage shots featured. All information thus collected will be published on our website.

Tbilisi National Scientific Library, Tbilisi, Georgia, built in 1985. Architect: G. Bichiashvili © BACU @_ba_cu #_ba_cu . . Map location: http://socialistmodernism.com/ . . Add new sites: http://socialistmodernism.com/add-locations-visitors/ . . Use the #SocialistModernism tag for the possibility to have your #SocHeritage shots featured. All information thus collected will be published on our website.

Restaurant and pastry shop (Ресторанти и Сладкарница) Dimitrovgrad, Bulgaria. Built and left in uncompleted state since 1989. © BACU @_ba_cu #_ba_cu . . Add new sites: http://socialistmodernism.com/add-locations-visitors/ . . Map location: http://socialistmodernism.com/… . . Use the #SocialistModernism tag in order to have your #SocHeritage shots featured. All information thus collected will be published on our website and included in an interactive map&data base under the name of the contributor.

The former Wedding Cathedral, (now used as a private house) Tbilisi, Georgia, Built in 1985 Architects R. Jorbenadze, V. Orbeladze © BACU @_ba_cu #_ba_cu . . Add new sites: http://socialistmodernism.com/add-locations-visitors/ . . Map location: http://socialistmodernism.com/… . . Use the #SocialistModernism tag in order to have your #SocHeritage shots featured. All information thus collected will be published on our website and included in an interactive map&data base under the name of the contributor.

New Headquarters of Bank of Georgia (formerly the Engineering building of the Georgian SSR Ministry of Highways), Tbilisi, Georgia, 1974 Architects: G. Chakhava, Z. Dzhalaganiya, T. Tkhilava, V. Kimberg. © BACU @_ba_cu #_ba_cu . . Add new sites: http://socialistmodernism.com/add-locations-visitors/ . . Map location: http://socialistmodernism.com/… . . Use the #SocialistModernism tag in order to have your #SocHeritage shots featured. All information thus collected will be published on our website and included in an interactive map&data base under the name of the contributor.

Hotel Forum, Krakow, Poland, built between 1978-1989 Architect Janusz Ingarden. © BACU #_ba_cu @_ba_cu . . Add new sites: http://socialistmodernism.com/add-locations-visitors/ . . Map location: http://socialistmodernism.com/ . . Use the #SocialistModernism tag for the possibility to have your #SocHeritage shots featured. All information thus collected will be published on our website and included in an interactive map&data base under the name of the contributor.

Eastern Gate of Belgrade, Rudo Buildings, (Istočne Kapije) Belgrade, Serbia, built in 1976, Architect: Vera Ćirković Engineer: Milutin Jerotijević (c) BACU @_ba_cu #SocialistModernism

“Yu. A. Gagarin” Youth Center, Chisinau, Moldova. built in 1975. MoldGiproSelStroi. © BACU @_ba_cu #_ba_cu . . Add new sites: http://socialistmodernism.com/add-locations-visitors/ . . Map location: http://socialistmodernism.com/ . . Use the #SocialistModernism tag for the possibility to have your #SocHeritage shots featured. All information thus collected will be published on our website and included in an interactive map&data base under the name of the contributor.

Block of flats, Yerevan, Armenia, Built in the 70s Yerevanproekt © BACU @_ba_cu #_ba_cu . . Add new sites: http://socialistmodernism.com/add-locations-visitors/ . . Map location: http://socialistmodernism.com/ . . Use the #SocialistModernism tag for the possibility to have your #SocHeritage shots featured. All information thus collected will be published on our website and included in an interactive map&data base under the name of the contributor

"Tashkent" Housing building type ITSP, Chisinau, Moldova, built in 1978, TashGIPROgor. © BACU @_ba_cu . . Add new sites: http://socialistmodernism.com/add-locations-visitors/ . . Map location: http://socialistmodernism.com/?id=194&lat=47.045827&lng=28.861293 . . Use the #SocialistModernism tag for the possibility to have your #SocHeritage shots featured. All information thus collected will be published on our website and included in an interactive map&data base under the name of the contributor.

Former Restaurant "NOROC", now: "Guguta" Cafe "Ştefan cel Mare" City Park, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, built in 60-s, redesigned in the late 70s. © BACU @_BA_CU #_BA_CU . . Add new sites: http://socialistmodernism.com/add-locations-visitors/ . . Map location: http://socialistmodernism.com/ . . Use the #SocialistModernism tag for the possibility to have your #SocHeritage shots featured. All information thus collected will be published on our website and included in an interactive map&data base under the name of the contributor.

Block of flats Tbilisi, Georgia. built in 1968 Architect Sh. Kavalishvili et al. © BACU #_ba_cu @_ba_cu . . Add new sites: http://socialistmodernism.com/add-locations-visitors/ . . Map location: http://socialistmodernism.com/?id=295&lat=41.709211&lng=44.781099 . . Use the #SocialistModernism tags for the possibility to have your #SocHeritage shots featured. All information thus collected will be published on our website and included in an interactive map&data base under the name of the contributor.

Central Aquatic Sports Complex named after Lenin Komsomol. ( Now: Laguna Vere Aquatic Sports Complex) Tbilisi, Georgia, Built in 1978 Architect Sh.Kavalashvili,G.Abuladze, R.Kiknadze. © BACU @_ba_cu #_ba_cu . . Map location: http://socialistmodernism.com/ . . Add new sites: http://socialistmodernism.com/add-locations-visitors/ . . Use the #SocialistModernism tag for the possibility to have your #SocHeritage shots featured. All information thus collected will be published on our website.

"Raumelement"- Decorative wall. Built in: 1967 Dresden, Germany. © BACU @_ba_cu . . Map location: http://socialistmodernism.com/?id=260&lat=51.044801&lng=13.737119 . . Add new sites: http://socialistmodernism.com/add-locations/ . . Use the #SocialistModernism tag for the possibility to have your #SocHeritage shots featured. All information thus collected will be published on our website and included in an interactive map&data base under the name of the contributor.

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