Posts Tagged: Communism

The Sublime Sci-Fi Buildings That Communism Built

The House of Soviets in Kaliningrad. Photo by Frédéric Chaubin, from "CCCP: Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed."

The architecture of the Eastern Bloc—a conundrum of impossible complexity, or at least that's what it looks like judging from the daily view of my collection of coffee table books. Yes, that's right, coffee table books. The recent glut of art volumes devoted to Soviet architecture may be surprising to anyone who previously thought "Soviet architecture" had about as much to do with "art" as "Soviet leaders" had to do with "glamour." Yet here is a whole bookshelf to contradict that view. There's Taschen's CCCP: Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed, Hatje Cantz's [...]


Revolution In Little Moldova

Oooh, revolution is brewing in the Republic of Moldova! Again! Out in the land-locked home of 4 million winemakers and peasants, the young people are pissed about the election to the Parliament over the weekend of the Communist Party; at least 10,000 college students tried to burn Parliament down, claiming massive voter fraud. Fun fact: the average wage in Moldova is between $250 and $350 a month.