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Old July 17th, 2009, 12:29 AM   #21
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Another one of my favourite's is the various Soviet exhibitions during the 1920s and 1930s. You can clearly see, expressed in the architecture, a shift from the revolutionary/constructivist spirit of the 1920s exemplified by the Soviet pavilion in the 1925 Paris expo; to the reactionary, neo-classical Stalinist period in the Soviet pavilion in the 1937 Paris expo.

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I think, in a ironic twist of history, the symbolism of the juxtaposition of the Soviet pavilion and the Nazi pavilion in 1937 was epic:

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Old July 19th, 2009, 12:54 PM   #22
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Socialist Architecture from Romania

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Old July 20th, 2009, 09:21 PM   #23
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Ministry of Transportation



Ministry of agriculture



Ministry of Finance

Wow, most of these building are amazing,

Do you maybe know when were they built...just the period not exact years...unless youknow it
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Old July 20th, 2009, 09:26 PM   #24
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In Poland we call this style "socrealism"

for Warsaw Palace of Culture and Science is perhaps the most impressive example



but there are many more like MDM(Mokotowian housing district)








"Dom Partii" former communist party headquarters





some administrative buildings


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theese too
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Old July 20th, 2009, 09:38 PM   #25
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Great. I always thought this was pre-war.


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As an irony of fate, it's a capitalist department store today.
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Old July 20th, 2009, 09:47 PM   #26
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As like 99% of former GDR department stores (Centrum Warenhaus and theirlike) are
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Old July 20th, 2009, 10:15 PM   #27
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Same was for me about those buildings in Rostock, but I have to admit I've never been there and hardly know the city. This is some kind of 'Stalin-meets-backsteingothik', very interesting.
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Do you maybe know when were they built...just the period not exact years...unless youknow it
between 1949 and 1956 (all of them)
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Old July 20th, 2009, 10:44 PM   #29
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The older stuff isn't too bad, but some of the "newer" socialist styles are horrible. Reminds me of brutalism gone amok.
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Old July 20th, 2009, 10:59 PM   #30
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Ministry of Transportation in Tbilisi is just fascinating




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Old July 21st, 2009, 11:37 AM   #31
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between 1949 and 1956 (all of them)
Or to call a spade a spade - In the Stalinist era. That's why this neo-historicist style is also called Stalinism.

Other names are wedding cake style (derivated from the German Zuckerbäckerstil) or Stalinist classicism.

For more info on this subject, have a look at the pretty good wiki article:

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Old July 21st, 2009, 06:07 PM   #32
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Thx a lot. I'm not a big fan of communist architecture, but this what you have in Warsaw is just amazing. Really great
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Here is one from my place. Not a big one like those you represented here, but it's a building from communist era.

Railway station in Slavonski Brod



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Old July 23rd, 2009, 02:06 AM   #34
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I always figured the use of raw concrete in the 1960-1980s architecture was supposed to evoke childhood memories of rapid urbanization.
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 09:25 AM   #35
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I think there are a few good examples of Socialist architecture, I think the main government buildings and statues are really cool. But when it comes to every other type of building like houses, socialist architecture is mostly crap.
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 08:02 PM   #36
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I think there are a few good examples of Socialist architecture, I think the main government buildings and statues are really cool. But when it comes to every other type of building like houses, socialist architecture is mostly crap.



















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Old July 23rd, 2009, 08:29 PM   #37
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Berlin, Karl-Marx-Allee







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These are 'normal' buildings, too. Nothing representative like embassies or government buildings.

I think it depends on when they were built. In the 50s, Eastern European architecture definitely outplayed its counterparts in the West. In the 60s and 70s, there was 95% bullshit on both sides.
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