Eastern Blocks: Concrete Landscapes of the Former Eastern Bloc
Sleeping districts of Moscow, Plattenbauten of East Berlin, modernist estates of Warsaw, Kyiv’s Brezhnevki: although these are home to the vast majority of city dwellers, post-war suburbs of central and eastern Europe have been invisible for decades. Eastern Blocks by Zupagrafika is a photographic journey through the concrete landscapes of the former Eastern Bloc, inviting readers to explore the districts that became a playground for mass housing development after WW2, including objects like houses on chicken legs , soviet flying saucers or hammer-shaped tower blocks. The book contains over 100 photographs taken by Zupagrafika throughout the last decade, with special contributions by local photographers, showcasing modernist and brutalist architecture scattered around the cities of Moscow, (East) Berlin, Warsaw, Budapest, Kyiv and Saint Petersburg. Divided into 6 chapters, the book includes a foreword by Christopher Beanland, orientative maps, index of architects and informative texts on the featured cities and constructions.