Central Asias Wild Soviet Architecture

Michael Hardy   /  Source:  Wired

Italian photographers Roberto Conte and Stefano Perego developed an interest in Soviet architecture while working on projects in Russia, Georgia, Armenia, and Belarus. For their new book Soviet Asia: Soviet Modernist Architecture in Central Asia, published by Fuel Design, they traveled to the former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. Through their photos, Conte and Perego want to puncture the idea that there is a single, monolithic Soviet architectural style.

"We think that Soviet architectural styles is more accurate," Conte says. "There were many currents that developed, from the Constructivism of the early Soviet Union to the symmetrical Neoclassicism of the Stalinist area, followed by Soviet Modernism. Each of these was interesting to us for different reasons."...

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