Book Soviet Cities reveals the gems of USSR architecture



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On the whole, the architecture of the former Soviet Union was uniform and dreary – but a recently published photography book reveals that there were some gems, from a ‘flying saucer’ building to an office block that resembles a game of Jenga.

Soviet Cities: Labour, Life & Leisure was created by Russian photographer Arseniy Kotov after a tour of post-Soviet republics between 2016 and 2020 during which he stayed in over 200 cities.

All the pictures presented in the book, published by Fuel, were taken over this period and show, says Mr Kotov, what remains of the USSR civilisation. 

He says: ‘Through my photographs I wanted to show outstanding buildings and constructions, to show where Soviet people lived and how Soviet cities once looked.

‘Most Soviet city buildings were fabricated according to standard designs. But as I visited more cities, I began

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Soviet Cities by Arseniy Kotov reveals the gems of USSR architecture

On the whole, the architecture of the former Soviet Union was uniform and dreary – but a recently published photography book reveals that there were some gems, from a ‘flying saucer’ building to an office block that resembles a game of Jenga.

Soviet Cities: Labour, Life & Leisure was created by Russian photographer Arseniy Kotov after a tour of post-Soviet republics between 2016 and 2020 during which he stayed in over 200 cities.

All the pictures presented in the book, published by Fuel, were taken over this period and show, says Mr Kotov, what remains of the USSR civilisation. 

He says: ‘Through my photographs I wanted to show outstanding buildings and constructions, to show where Soviet people lived and how Soviet cities once looked.

‘Most Soviet city buildings were fabricated according to standard designs. But as I visited more cities, I began to notice unique buildings and features of

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Bauhaus Campus 2021. Architecture Competition for Students

Bauhaus Campus 2021. Architecture Competition for Students

After putting his career as an architect on hold to fight the first world war between 1914 and 1918, Walter Gropius sensed the world needed a radical change, a change in which arts and architecture would play a fundamental role.

His previous ideas of what architecture should be didn’t quite make sense anymore. His new vision of architecture was one were all arts came together to re-imagine the material world, were craftmanship would reclaim its leading position in the production process and were artists would find a way to imprint their soul and essence into rational, useful and beautiful objects that could be mass produced following the ideals of Fordism and Taylorism.

It was 1919 in post-war Weimar, Germany. Walter Gropius had just founded the Bauhaus.

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Huawei introduces Key Architecture Index (KAI) to drive 5G network acceleration

Press Releases of Friday, 27 November 2020

Source: Huawei Ghana

2020-11-27

Huawei introduces Key Architecture IndexHuawei introduces Key Architecture Index

At the recent AfricaCom event from November 9-12, part of the virtual Africa Tech Festival, Huawei held an online IP Gala conference with its industry partners to introduce the Key Architecture Index (KAI) and share its applications. The theme of the conference was “Leading intelligent IP networks, accelerating intelligent connectivity”.

In the carrier environment, the IP network enables fixed-mobile convergence, network evolution and the shift towards multi-services and the cloud era.

At the moment, a challenge facing most IP (internet protocol) networks is unnecessary complexity, due to a lack of IP architecture standardisation.

Most networks were built without adequate foresight, and next-generation networks, be they 3G, 4G or 5G, were built on top of existing networks. This created network complexities around lack of visibility, management and control.

“We have to forever simplify our networks

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Trump may be right about one thing, architecture

Earlier this year, the White House drafted, but never implemented, an executive order, “Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again.” The document chided the General Services Administration for failing to integrate “our national values into federal buildings,” which too often have been “influenced by brutalism and deconstructivism.”



a person standing in front of a building: Boston City Hall, a 1968 "brutalist modern" building.


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Boston City Hall, a 1968 “brutalist modern” building.

The American Institute of Architects predictably heaped mud on the idea of dictating a national design style (“The AIA strongly opposes uniform style mandates for federal architecture”), and, perhaps not coincidentally, the GSA’s chief architect resigned the week the document surfaced.

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The hoo-ha died away. Or did it? Last week, Bloomberg CityLab reported that a recent GSA solicitation for a $125 million federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., stipulated that “classical architectural style shall be the preferred and default style absent special extenuating factors necessitating another style” — an exact quote from

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COVID-19 leads to change in architecture, design industry

We’ve seen how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed day-to-day routines, but the future could also look different in the way buildings and homes are designed.

The build of a home and the design of a building are concepts that are being forced to evolve because of the pandemic.

“Larger corporate businesses are completely changing how they think about their space,” Ersela Kripa, the acting program director in the College of Architecture at Texas Tech, said. “There will have to be a cultural change in how we imagine social interactions because architecture is always so interested in bringing people together and so what does that mean now and bringing people together now has this other layer of safety.”

COVID-19 is leading to a change in the future of architecture and traditional design ideas.

“I think even if there is a vaccine or if we feel safe for indoor spaces, I really

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The views, architecture at the Neroberg will erase any doubt about this popular Wiesbaden spot – Lifestyle

The views, architecture at the Neroberg will erase any doubt about this popular Wiesbaden spot


I was a little dubious about why I was heading up the Neroberg, a hill said to be one of the favorite places for a day trip for residents of Wiesbaden.


We were driving past the downtown area, through a couple of nondescript neighborhoods and up into the woods, and I still didn’t quite see the allure.


But as we came out of the woods and I caught a glimpse of the Monopteros, a Greek-style temple perched atop the Neroberg, my perspective changed and I understood why this place is so popular.


Rising 800 feet above sea level, the Neroberg is hardly Everest, but the views from the top are spectacular. People have been taking in the panorama of Wiesbaden from the Monopteros since it was built in 1851.


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Why Ghana needs a new financial sector regulation architecture

Opinions of Thursday, 26 November 2020

Columnist: Woelinam Dogbe

2020-11-26

The Bank of Ghana is the financial sector regulator for GhanaThe Bank of Ghana is the financial sector regulator for Ghana

Ghana’s financial sector is in crisis. A crisis occasioned by the collapse of over 300 financial institutions; and which has affected every division of the financial sector. Universal banks, savings and loans companies, microfinance companies, capital market institutions, and insurance companies have been impacted.

While majority of the collapsed institutions were licensed and regulated, a few were unlicensed and ought not to have been in operation. The fact that the unlicensed institutions were allowed a free rein to operate until their eventual collapse, speaks volumes about the existing regulatory regime and the safety of financial consumers.

Experts have identified the causes of the crisis to be: weak regulatory supervision, unethical behaviour by managers of the financial institutions, and poor corporate governance practices. In the specific case of the unlicensed

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Chimneys, Overhangs and Anchors: The Architecture of Climbing Gyms

Chimneys, Overhangs and Anchors: The Architecture of Climbing Gyms

Climbers embrace their own type of architecture. Between barn doors, mantels and multi-pitch routes, rock climbing and bouldering take on a range of surfaces, materials and structures, whether outside or indoors. Today, more recreational centers and sports facilities are including climbing walls as the sport grows in popularity. As spaces to build strength and unwind, climbing gyms as built as their own interior worlds to explore. 

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© Ralph Kämena
© Ralph Kämena

The climbing craze is nothing new, but it’s certainly experiencing an uptick. Indoor rock climbing saw a larger growth in popularity after the announcement that the sport would be a part of the Olympic Games in Tokyo. As a result, more climbing gyms are being built around the world, a series of large, indoor facilities that make the

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A retirement community project in the city revisits traditional architecture designs

A retirement community project in the city revisits traditional architecture designs using sunlight as a natural disinfectant

“The pandemic has been good for us,” says Dhinakar Perumal, who owns the Nirmala Nilayam Retirement Community campus near Siruvani, 15 kilometres from Coimbatore city. “COVID-19 gave us ample time to revisit traditional architectural designs such as the sky-lit courtyard that lets sunlight to filter in and disinfect the building,” he says.

The compact villas for senior citizens modelled after the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards of the US, also use the traditional Open To Sky (OTS) design, where an area in the house directly opens to the sky and is covered by fibre or translucent glass. “Nothing like sunlight to sanitise homes,” says architect Manikandan Ilango who has designed the villas. He has done projects across South India for over two decades and is also working on green villas. “Healthy living is the

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