With its concrete clover windows and ornately carved scenes in red stone, the National University of Architecture and Construction is one of the most striking examples of Brutalist architecture in Yerevan. The inside is just as beautiful, although if you wander aimlessly through the halls taking photos, the security guards will come and politely escort you off the premises.
Public transit for the masses was one of the cornerstones of Communist ideology. In the 1930s, automobile production was limited in favour of building new metro systems. The best artists and sculptors were employed to decorate the stations with patterned ceilings, soaring arches and dazzling chandeliers. Many stations boasted elaborate mosaics of the Soviet space program or heroes of industry.
Little of the Soviet legacy survives in Turkmenistan. Since gaining independence after the fall of the USSR, Turkmenistan has articulated a new identity and vision for the future through a series of architectural projects. Photographer Arnau Rovira Vidal visited the insular country and took these photos.
In the 1950s USSR, there were a lot of people with very different ideas of what ‘Rock Around the Clock’ sounded like. Back then, Western music was hard to come by. Rock ‘n’ Roll and Jazz were seen as ‘culturally corruptive’. The State clamped down on it to avoid a youth revolution against the Communist regime.