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It's me again with another long commieblock tour done in February 26 and April 22 this year. But in the beginning, two pictures from 08.05.2005.

I like that those funny-named "commieblocks" are massive and it looks like thay have some power and majesty. Another very good thing is that many of them are very monotonic - one and the same pattern repeated over and over again - but with slight differences. (Yes, I like techno and ambient music, especially their repetitive forms...) It looks like to get a good repetitive techno track one must put the differentiated monotonic look of a commieblock into rhythms.

And another good thing is, that these buildings live in the city, actually thay form the city.

And of course - thay remind me the past - the great architecture in 60's and 70's!

Abstract mathematics is my hobby and in maths one can take most strange ideas and turn them into logical forms and theories. I'm familiar with such things so for me commieblocks are much more than just buildings. I very like them and am happy to live in the middle of them!





























Fantastic techno-styled picture!














In next four pictures there are two very beautiful and... massive brutal force buildings!












What a wonderful views there are! Pictures from April 22.
















That very long building entirely in one piture.
 

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@echo - you are interesting! I really hate commieblocks and architecture of 1960ies-1970ies... but it is interesting to see that there are people who really enjoy this style.

Riga has set away one typical commieblock district (in Purvciems) as architecture heritage monument - it seems that more and more people in next generations will find something good in this architecture.
 

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Gatis said:
Riga has set away one typical commieblock district (in Purvciems) as architecture heritage monument - it seems that more and more people in next generations will find something good in this architecture.

omg, i knew something like this would happen!
actually it's cool. some estonian guy has said that it's not impossible that in the future hords of tourists would rather like to see lasnamäe, the biggest commie-district of tallinn, in stead of the historical old-town...

what's interesting - when nicely renovated, those commies look quite ok! for example in mustamäe commie-district, almost all buildings have new (colorful) balconies and outside-walls. i was surprised to see that they have a certain charm...
or maybe the bright sun has somewhat softened me :)
 

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Not depressing at all! :) Good job! :)
 

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Good job again. I like especially the pics with powerlines. Looking at'em with electrical ambient music in my earphones makes a very weird feeling. I think that music is very imporatnt part of urbanism, thus it isn't wrong to mix those commiie-urbanistic scenerys with appropriate soundscapes( I guess I've been influenced by echo back in the days he was my neighbour in Tartu ;)) It is not comparable with the impression what I got in the Japanise forums Shindome section though ;)
 

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those commieblocks are in great conditions!
what about the people living in them, they're middle class estonians? is there crime in that commieblocks area?
 

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those commieblocks are in great conditions!
what about the people living in them, they're middle class estonians? is there crime in that commieblocks area?
I live there. :D
No worries about crime, this district is one of the least criminogenous in Tallinn. Also, of the three main commieblock districts, the prices of apartments are the highest here.
 

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those commieblocks are in great conditions!
what about the people living in them, they're middle class estonians? is there crime in that commieblocks area?
i've lived my whole life in "the worst" of tallinn's commie-districts and i've never even had a semi-dangerous situation :)

and believe me, i've wandered around in the middle of the night a million times!

it's not as bad as people think.

the only bad thing about these commie-districts - too far from the city :'[
 

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Jarmo said:
omg, i knew something like this would happen!
actually it's cool. some estonian guy has said that it's not impossible that in the future hords of tourists would rather like to see lasnamäe, the biggest commie-district of tallinn, in stead of the historical old-town...
And it's already on, I mean, I have encountered many tourists who are in a search for Lasnamäe. It's like a secret place for them, that normal tourists never see, when they come to a holiday. I like that.
 

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Thanks for another interesting commieblock thread, echo! I used to hate that kind of architecture too, but actually I've learned to like the appearance of these neighbourhoods - functionalistic towers along with spacious green fields make quite good urban feeling. All those commies need is some color and more maintance (fortunately there has been some progression with that already!).

This picture from Stockholm shows how lovely commies can be if maintained properly:

[photo: anssi @ talo]
 

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Heh, when I saw that picture you put here, Jape, my first thought was: interesting, from what place in Väike-Õismäe is that picture taken from?! Or in what bridge in Lasnamäe? :)

BTW, commieblock fans, you probably are interested in England's and Scotland's towerblock thread with amazing pictures: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=408485.
 

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This picture from Stockholm shows how lovely commies can be if maintained properly:

[photo: anssi @ talo]
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Don't know how about other forumers, but I don't find anything "lovely" about these commieblocks.

Yet another ugly housing project of the socialist utopia. It is good they are in Sweden, so at least are more properly maintained.
 

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I agree, the only reason the blocks from Tallinn look good is because of the nice weather, on a dark evening in late autumn they define the term "depressive scenery".
 

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Somehow it happened that I visited Väike-Õismäe yesterday with a guy living there for last 18 years and today with another guy who had lived there over 20 years. And I made pics of summery Väike-Õismäe! This is a really nice place to be! So beautiful. OK, off we go!

















That is only for slim people!






That looks really good!


And this is something extraordinary!




Authentic!






Perfect!
















This is the longest building. Too long to fit in my camera...








Could it be any more perfect? Still unbelievable that I live in a city which has such buildings and views...




One of those guys said that this building was built by soviet soldiers. He remembered that and even had a specific memory with it.










Wow, that is perfect! I just discovered that there's a cloud-eagle flying over the building in the right.








Leaving Väike-Õismäe in a bus stop...


I'm just delighted about these excursions!
 
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