Socialist Modernism images collection seeks to save lots of Japanese Bloc structure — The Calvert Journal
The photo series Socialist Modernism documents and aims to save buildings in the former Eastern Bloc, even though they are linked to a totalitarian regime.
The project, which is part of an initiative by the Bureau for Art and Urban Research (BACU), covers buildings that were erected in the Eastern Bloc and in Yugoslavia after the Second World War. The project was founded by the Romanian brothers architect Dumitru Rusu and the curator Rusu Stefan and is intended to protect a time and a style that “are not represented in the history of world Sport”.
“Our project is dedicated to socialist Sport, which was built between 1955 and 1991 […] Our goal is to clear up misunderstandings and to prove that the socialist Sport of modernity is valuable and significant for world history in relation to the political system that shaped it, ”BACU said in a statement to Dezeen.
In the first phase of the project, an online archive of the buildings will be created. After that, the BACU hopes to develop regulations to protect them.
The structures featured in the series are currently facing a number of fates. Some are said to be listed in the National Historical Monuments Registry or UNESCO, such as the Romanita Collective Housing Tower in Chișinău and Hotel Nation and Hotel Cosmos, which are also located in Moldova. Others, including the Statistics House in Berlin, are being adjusted, while some are expected to be demolished or simply left abandoned, such as the Warsaw Emilia Pavilion and the lower cable car station of Chișinău.
“We endeavor to represent the current state of these remains: protected or proposed for conversion, demolished or replaced by other buildings that are considered more economically or ideologically appropriate,” BACU told Dezeen