From a 2018/19 MoMa (New York) exhibit exploring the global reach and surprisingly elegant concrete forms of Communist-era Yugoslav architecture. To wit:

Situated between the capitalist West and the socialist East, Yugoslavia’s architects responded to contradictory demands and influences, developing a postwar architecture both in line with and distinct from the design approaches seen elsewhere in Europe and beyond. The architecture that emerged—from International Style skyscrapers to Brutalist “social condensers”—is a manifestation of the radical diversity, hybridity, and idealism that characterized the Yugoslav state itself.

MORE: Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980 (MoMA)


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7 thoughts on “Yugo Slab

  1. Tarfton Clax

    Rotting Monstrosities. Explosives and huge amounts of them are the best solution. Communism and inhuman nonsense go together so well. Similar to the inhuman scaled monstrosities of the nazi’s yet somehow even uglier.

  2. Gavin

    Some stunning structures, and what concrete was originally intended for, to allow more expressive forms in architecture. Love the church.

  3. Otis Blue

    For me, it’s of the great pleasures and fascinations as you travel through the former Soviet bloc countries. Some completely mad stuff out there.

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