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Old May 11th, 2008, 02:26 PM   #101
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Le Sillon de Bretagne in Nantes. At the time of its construction (1971-1972), it was the biggest social housing block in Europe, with about 900 flats.

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Old May 11th, 2008, 07:50 PM   #102
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Marxist - Leninist Blocs

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Commie blocks always gave me a good feeling.
I prefer Marxist - Leninist Blocs
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Old May 12th, 2008, 05:08 AM   #103
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St. Jamestown, Toronto. 14,000 people in 0.2sqkm.


Thorncliffe, pop. 30,000 (not all visible)



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Old May 12th, 2008, 05:56 AM   #104
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Toronto is big with the Tower in the Park style of apartments
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Old May 12th, 2008, 11:08 AM   #105
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Some of these commieblocks in Toronto don't look that bad...
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Old May 12th, 2008, 12:35 PM   #106
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The Park Hill estate, Sheffield, UK. Built between 1957 and 1961, these blocks are now protected buildings and can't be demolished. Property development company Urban Splash are giving them a make-over though.



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Old May 12th, 2008, 01:38 PM   #107
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Property development company Urban Splash are giving them a make-over though.
I hope it's just cleaning...
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Old May 12th, 2008, 02:10 PM   #108
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I hope it's just cleaning...
It's a bit more than a clean but the developer has a good record of converting/renovating historic buildings across the North of England.

http://www.urbansplash.co.uk/

http://www.urbansplash.co.uk/documents/FS_ParkHill.pdf
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Old May 12th, 2008, 04:36 PM   #109
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i made a commie block in sketchup a while ago, what do you think of it :

It reminds me of a commieblock I know in Stockholm.

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Old May 12th, 2008, 04:36 PM   #110
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Some swedish suburbs.

Hagalund, Solna (Stockholm)
Known as Bluehill:



Malmvägen, Sollentuna (Stockholm)


Fittja, Botkyrka (Stockholm)



Rågsved, Stockholm


Täby, Täby (Stockholm) unlike the others considered a desirable place to live (according to the general population atleast..)



Akalla, Stockholm


Farsta


Bergsjön, Gothenburg (göteborg)


Hammarkullen, Gothenburg


Rosengård, Malmö
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Old May 13th, 2008, 12:59 AM   #111
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New York is the only city in the US that has commieblocks on a grand scale.

However, they call them "projects" or "PJs" for short.



(not public housing)
The amount of commieblocks in NYC rivals that of any eastern european city.
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Old May 13th, 2008, 03:01 PM   #112
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HK is one city with high-concentrations of public housing and tower blocks.

Here are some neighbourhoods with high concentration.

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HK Island

Wah Fu






The New Territories

Tsing Yi


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Old May 13th, 2008, 11:35 PM   #113
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Some in Lisbon,Portugal

Rinchoa



Odivelas



Mt. Abrão, Queluz



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Portela, Sacavem



Vila Franca de Xira

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Old May 14th, 2008, 12:33 AM   #114
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Japanese commie blocks (=danchi).

Danchi (団地) is a sino-japanese compound word. "Dan" means group and "chi" means earth or land. It means grouplands or commieblocks.


A danchi. Pictures of Toyosu, Tokyo Neighborhoods, March 2006.
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Pictures of Toyosu, Tokyo Neighborhoods, March 2006.
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Super danchi complex. Pictures of Tama Plaza, Yokohama Neighborhoods, 2007.
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Within the danchi. The rent here is not high (perhaps 30,000 per month for 30 square meters) but great luck or "special connections" are needed to get in. Pictures of Tama Plaza, Yokohama Neighborhoods, 2007.
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Some Danchi. Pictures of Futako Tamagawa, Tokyo Neighborhoods, 2007.
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Old May 14th, 2008, 12:59 AM   #115
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Some pics of Korean commieblocks, also called danchi. In sino-korean danchi means the same as danchi in sino-japanese, i.e. groupland.


Pictures of Guseo-dong, Busan Neighborhoods, February 2008.
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Pictures of Guseo-dong, Busan Neighborhoods, February 2008.
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The stream and the commie blocks. Pictures of Beomosa, Busan Neighborhoods, February 2008.
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Entrance to commieblock complex. A bit ugly but they provide a good standard of living for the middle class. Pictures of Jangjeon-dong, Busan Neighborhoods, February 2008.
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Pictures of Busandae, Busan Neighborhoods, February 2008.
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Gireum Centreville -- a complex of 20 towers of 23 stories each. Pictures of Gireum, Seoul Neighborhoods, April 2007.
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Typical danchi complex. The cost is around 250 million wons (250,000$US) for 90 square meters. Pictures of Daewha, Goyang Neighborhoods, February 2007.
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Typical garage of commie apartment blocks. Pictures of Daewha, Goyang Neighborhoods, February 2007.
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Inside the commieblock. Pictures of Daewha, Goyang Neighborhoods, February 2007.
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Inside the commie block. Typical of korean apartments: no balcony but a veranda. Pictures of Daewha, Goyang Neighborhoods, February 2007.
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Old May 14th, 2008, 07:54 PM   #116
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From an aesthetic viewpoint, these are a thousand times worse than McMansions. They are hideous and depressing. They look like 1960s skyscraper stumps, but with parking lots.
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/\ Why compare them with Mc Mansions?
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Old May 16th, 2008, 12:31 AM   #118
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/\ Why compare them with Mc Mansions?
Because they're both unimaginative, utilitarian and hideous.
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Old May 16th, 2008, 10:12 PM   #119
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Because they're both unimaginative, utilitarian and hideous
yes they're both aesthetically lacking. but commieblocks actually make sense in many other aspects, whereas mcmansions are rightly criticized as the embodiment of the worst of post industrial, overconsuming, environmentally degradating, faux historicist architecture.

apart from their often bad aesthetics (blame low budgets and pre-fab architecture, not density height), commieblock buildings unfortunately have been conflated with both the modernist ghettoes of the postwar western world, and with the proletarian dwellings of the discredited marxist regimes.

people should not equate high density prefab architecture with the robert taylor homes. the ghettoes of america were built at a time of de-industrialization, white flight, increased automobile usage, a hollowing out of the welfare state, etc. the commieblocks weren't the cause of this decline, they were merely built at the time of it.

before people cite jane jacobs to refute this argument, remember that jane jacobs was opposed to the wholesale demolition of certain politically and socially disempowered neighborhoods (the ones with colored folks), and the wholesale paving of freeways over the previously poor yet functioning neighborhoods.
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