Socialist Modernism is an initiative to save the architectural heritage of the former Soviet republics.
In recent years there has been a growing interest in Soviet architecture. BACU - a Bureau for Art and Urban Research, an organization that invites architects, historians, urban planners, and activists to contribute to the recognition and rescue of buildings, monuments, parks, architectural elements, and even entire neighborhoods in Central and Eastern Europe, launched the project Socialist Modernism for some time.
Socialist Modernism is essentially a platform that ultimately has the rescue of Soviet architects that are mainly in the former Soviet republics and have been built between 1955 and 1991. Many of these buildings or parks have been left to chance for years, resulting in serious damage that will inevitably lead to their complete erosion and ultimately to their disappearance, while even more are those that have been illegally demolished or even refurbished without any approval, nor respecting their particular architecture.
The first phase of Socialist Modernism includes the research, recording, and monitoring of these architectures. In this context, the BACU aspires to create an interactive map in which anyone can register their own findings of Soviet architecture, with all the information about their location, the date of their construction and, of course, the architect who worked on the project. The aim is also that this map is soon available in a mobile app.
However, Socialist Modernism's number one goal is to put pressure on the competent authorities to save, preserve and highlight the specific monuments of this architectural period, which, according to the BACU, is also an important a reservoir of information gathering on everyday life and life of people, as well as the urban culture of the former Eastern Bloc.
To accomplish all of the above, a relevant campaign runs at Indiegogo, where the first photo album created by the Socialist Modernism data collection is now available and includes monuments from Romania and Moldova. If you are a fan of Soviet architecture, but you can not get this little album - diamond, do not worry. Lose yourself in the Socialist Modernism Instagram account with the filling material.