Architecture after Communism
17 March 2008
Pavilion for Vodka Ceremonies, Klazminskoye Reservoir rest area, Moscow region, 2005, by Bureau Alexander Brodsky Photo Yuri Palmin
Although Russia’s current construction boom is fueled by ‘Wild East’ capitalism, its nature is still largely determined by its Communist past. Often this is a handicap, as the use of standard designs is common practice, and, in general, the quality of construction is low. Bart Goldhoorn, architect, founder and editorial director of Project Russia, discusses how in some instances the confrontation of the Soviet heritage with the new possibilities offered by the free market lead to interesting and unique architectural phenomena.
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