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Old May 25th, 2010, 10:10 PM   #141
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Magic of communism.

I must admit - I like communist architecture. I don't know why. Maybe because of monumentalism... Simply, it has some magic.

First period od communist rules in Poland (1944 - 1956) was a time of stalinism. Warsaw was destroyed and government could create here new, completely different city - and it did that. Streets were made very wider, some buildings which survived where destroyed to make space for ideal communist city. It was supposed to be a city without privat houses (only tenements), wothout better and worse districts, without decorations - monumental blocks having a little from classicist style were supposed to reflect the idea of new society. Reliefs of workers (I love them) were a symbol of working class' victory.

Apart from politics, socialist realism can be loved or hated, but it must be admited that this style is one of the symbols of Warsaw, that can attract tourists from many countries.









I know that it's very tawdry to revers colours, but I like this photo so much :P


























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Old May 25th, 2010, 11:38 PM   #142
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I guess that makes two of us I also like (some) of the communist architecture
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Old May 26th, 2010, 06:01 AM   #143
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Simply stunning! Warsaw has it all.
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Old May 26th, 2010, 07:04 PM   #144
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Communist architecture, if done right, can be great. It's true the buildings are imposing. But commie blocks suck.
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Old May 26th, 2010, 08:25 PM   #145
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Old May 26th, 2010, 09:41 PM   #146
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I was just in Warsaw in early May and I must say the socialist realist architecture is superb and I frankly wish there was more of it rather than the commie blocks. The classical proportions of this style lend an elegance and scale to the city boulevards - all that's needed is restoration (without thermo-modernization, I hope).
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Old May 30th, 2010, 03:37 PM   #147
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Magic of communism 2.

In 1956 stalinism in Poland ended. Government became a little bit more liberal. Architecture changed completely. Architects had more discretion for their own fantasy and ideas. Style became more international and less ideological, but it was still monumental. Very popular were ideas of Le Corbusier's modernism.
First, second and third photos show 15-floor modernist blocks built not in the suburbs but... in the strict downtown, among old small houses and modern skyscrapers. There are 19 that blocks! Before war there was a Jewis districs, during the war Jewish ghetto, after Ghetto Uprising (1943) area completely destroyed by Nazis.
Now the areat is very famous - there were made many films. This is also a centre of Vietnamese diaspora in Poland - our Viettown - and also still important place for Jews, because there is the only synagogue, which survived the war. After 1989 developers build there many modern buildings, I'll show them in the next part of photos.

















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Old May 30th, 2010, 11:07 PM   #148
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I must say, that Warsaw has some very nice buildings. However, communist architecture (especially the residential blocks) is absolutely dreadful, IMO.
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Old May 31st, 2010, 05:34 PM   #149
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There is too much of it in some areas, luckily its mainly concentrated in the north-west part of the city. Some of it is quite nice, but most of it is drab pre-fab.
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Old May 31st, 2010, 07:09 PM   #150
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Amazing updates from Warsaw
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Old June 2nd, 2010, 10:11 PM   #152
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And now the face of Warsaw, which I like the most. The city became a financial hub in Central-Eastern Europe, it is also the best place to find a job, open society and culture in Poland. Warsaw is one of the highest european cities. Now it has 17 buildings taller than 100 metres (and 3 new under construction).
Firstly I will show the area of 19 huge commie blocks. It is getting new face now, becoming a place of financial companies, modern appartments and polish Viettown.

















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