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    Soviet futurism

    http://www.cracktwo.com/2011/04/25-a...that-look.html

    Abandoned monuments in old Yugoslavia from the 60s and 70s. Some of these are very striking in a retro-futuristic dystopic Chris Foss kind of way:




    And there is some fantastic stuff in this collection of photos in the Guardian of Soviet superstructures:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesi...534879&index=0



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    Filthy Assistants! Moderator kater's Avatar
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    Those are fantastic, thank you. There's a whole bunch of similarly amazing things on the English Russia website: http://englishrussia.com/ some very weird, wonderful and at times beyond belief pictures that feel like an alternative world at times.

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    Wow!! Way cool. I love stuff like that. Thank you.

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    Futurism as a movement interests me. I find that Soviet architecture is either really impressive or really hideous. (Socialist realism usually falls into the later category.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chekhov View Post
    <snip> I find that Soviet architecture is either really impressive or really hideous. (Socialist realism usually falls into the later category.)
    I think you could say that about any school/period of architecture or art.

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    Some more interesting links for you

    Abandoned towns - including Pripyat
    http://www.oddee.com/item_96462.aspx

    Abandoned theme parks
    http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2008...ent-parks.html

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    Ugh, Pripyat is so goddamn creepy. Forget about cybernetic revolt; the most disturbing things are that which we humans are capable of ourselves.
    Quote Originally Posted by JunkMonkey View Post
    I think you could say that about any school/period of architecture or art.
    Yes, but when socialist realism bombs, it really bombs. Look up Stalinist art/Khrushchyovka.

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    Thanks for posting.

    An architect colleague of mine had a book on soviet architecture, the iconic "flag in the sand" kind of stuff, and I loved it. The stuff at the time was so... monolithic, compared to the constant urge to "break up shapes" in Western architecture. I wish I knew the title of it.

    Anyway. I'll have to explore all these sites when the wireless is happier. Large amounts of photos tend to crash the browser. I can always use a photo of an abandoned town for a zombie story.

    --Brian.

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    I'm so interested with futuristic designs! Are you presently a futurist? Do you consider good innovations to be gateways through which our lives can be made better? Here's a future prediction of innovations that can alter the globe, courtesy of The Futurist magazine. While none of really, this ought to be set in stone, the possibility to save cash, time and eventually life makes them something to be valued.

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