Eastern Block
Book presentation and exhibition opening about the Large Housing Estates in postocialist countries.
25 August — 29 September
Opening on August 25th:
17:30 - Doors Open
18:00 - 18:30 Book Presentation
18:30-19:30 - Panel Discussion
19:30 - 20:30 - Informal Networking
Tinatin Gurgenidze (project manager - Dekabristen e.V.)
Maria Melnikova ( urban planner and researcher at the Competence Center For Large Housing Estates, Berlin)
Philip Meuser (architect and publisher - DOM Publishers Berlin)
The event will be held in English.
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.
Entrance and participation
The access to the exhibition is free of charge, but restricted due to limited opening hours,
Wednesday and Friday,
4:00 - 7:00 PM
after registration

For the opening event on 25.08.2021 please register until August 20th. The places are limited.

Due to the current Covid19-regulations, a vaccination certificate or a negative test will be required for entry.
Tinatin Gurgenidze
Address: Ahlbecker Str. 3, 10437 Berlin

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