Microrayons as a cultural heritage: Over decades, mass housing districts were considered characteristic features of post-socialist urbanity. Nowadays these districts are undergoing polarizing and difficult development processes. In the middle of transformation and change, we started collecting photos documenting exactly this process. What has emerged is the exhibition “Eastern Block Stories”
, which opened in a hybrid format at Haus der Statistik
in January 2021 and is now moving to the Center for Sustainable Development in Eastern Europe, Ahlbecker Str. 3, 10437 Berlin.
The photo exhibition and book Eastern Block Stories
provide an authentic insight into urban culture ranging from Tbilisi to Saransk, covering the South Caucasus and the Altai, including works of photographers Jan Chudozilov
, Irina Murinskaya
, Lara Koncar, Mikolaj Kaleta
, Nataliia Sova
, Marco Fieber, Sergei Poletaev
, Ilyas Hajji
, Semen Antonov, Monica Consonni
, Pavel Fedorov, Evgeniia Savdeeva
, Serge Poliakov
and Tom Bond
The photos show the brutality of the post-war architecture, diversity and transformation of large housing estates in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia. The photo book Eastern Block Stories
features a dozen texts, stories and studies and over 60 unique hand-picked images about mass housing estates in former Eastern Bloc countries. This book aims to address the blind spots to take a closer look at the major challenges for post-socialist housing estates today and imagine what could be their future.