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Old September 12th, 2014, 05:12 AM   #221
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Old September 12th, 2014, 05:32 AM   #222
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What is amazing is how some exterior upgrades radically changes how these buildings look. But of course, the interiors are probably unchanged and certainly the layouts of the apartments can't be changing.

This makes me realize something - these buildings were maybe never as bad as we sometimes thought. If the apartments were absurdly small or very poorly built why would they bother renovating these buildings? Wouldn't they knock them down and start from scratch?

This makes me think this wasn't such bad housing all along. They just didn't maintain them well, particularly the exteriors, and didn't put much emphasis on trying to make them look nice or distinctive, even when they were first built.
I agree completely.
These buildings were constructed by societies that didn't have as many resources as the West, and I think that they did a reasonably good job, except for exterior esthetics.

And just remember that the highly prosperous U.S. built many similar projects in the form of public housing in the 1940s, 50s, and even 60s, and has torn down quite a few of them since then.
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Old September 12th, 2014, 05:36 AM   #223
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One renewed commieblock in the center of Skopje. Unfortunately, I have no pictures of his previous state.

Is there a special entrance for fat people and large pieces of furniture?
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Old September 12th, 2014, 05:42 AM   #224
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I'm afraid that this paint job didn't quite go far enough.
The light gray portions should have been further subdivided.
(Nothing bright. Something subtle like an added shade of gray, or maybe even two.)
They should have painted the exterior bright white, replaced every single window with black-framed ones, opened up all the balconies, and repainted the blue sections.
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Old September 12th, 2014, 06:50 AM   #225
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Please do!

Also, those are some pretty huge renovations in Azerbaijan. One wouldn't be able to tell they were once socialist blocks. I'm also surprised that they don't look that kitsch, either, which is a surprise for a 'classical' attempt at appearance.

I agree, up to a point.
But they don't quite get the elements of historicism or urbanism right:
The main entrances are not expressed.
Deeply recessed balconies are inauthentic.
The ground floors don't look very interesting.
Is there any commerce (cafe's, bars, restaurants, newsstands, bakeries, groceries, small retail) in this huge building?
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Old September 12th, 2014, 07:20 AM   #226
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Bucharest renovated neighborhood

Big faux pas here, painting two of the streamlined moderne balcones in (different) bright colors while leaving the others alone. Thr grammar of that style dictates that all five be the same hue, preferably white.
Fragmenting the colors destroys the visual logic.
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Old September 12th, 2014, 07:09 PM   #227
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The biggest faux pas is the window framing, which is still clunky and mismatching.
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Old September 13th, 2014, 09:02 PM   #228
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I didn't realize that Belgium was a communist country.
It isn't. Belgium has always been run by socialist governments untill very recently. Those blocks were owned by the part of the federal government that went over social housing. Today they are probably owned by a firm who builds social housing for the Flemish government.
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Old September 17th, 2014, 05:05 AM   #229
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Some examples from Bucharest (photos are too large to post here)
http://www.bucharestlife.net/tag/col...cks-bucharest/

I hope in future renovations they will finally make all the windows match. And also take down the ugly air-con units.
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Old September 19th, 2014, 12:46 PM   #230
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Big faux pas here, painting two of the streamlined moderne balcones in (different) bright colors while leaving the others alone. Thr grammar of that style dictates that all five be the same hue, preferably white.
Fragmenting the colors destroys the visual logic.
Better like this?

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If they could make it look like this, it'd be better:
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Old September 20th, 2014, 12:17 PM   #232
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Old September 23rd, 2014, 07:58 PM   #234
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Old September 24th, 2014, 11:41 PM   #235
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Old September 24th, 2014, 11:46 PM   #236
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hey, everyone....I am upset that nobody wants to renovate this one in são Paulo....



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Old September 25th, 2014, 12:41 AM   #237
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Perfect examples of what should be done for commieblocks:























Still has mismatching windows, though...














There's a Bauhaus beauty in each of these buildings that's waiting to be discovered.
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Old September 25th, 2014, 03:00 AM   #238
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Old September 26th, 2014, 05:27 AM   #239
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Monstrosity or not?



I have to appreciate the effort they put into the paint job, however.

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Old September 26th, 2014, 09:54 PM   #240
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Look at how good they made this one in Freiburg look! And it still holds its 1960s character.

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