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A Top 10 Guide to Armenia’s Best Brutalist & Modernist Buildings

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.

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Knocking on Heaven's Door: Armenia's Abandoned Orgov Telescope

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Armenia’s Modernist Masterpiece: Lake Sevan Writers Retreat

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Bulldozer Exhibition: The Degenerate Art of the USSR

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Memory Palace: Inside the Abandoned Shymkent Palace of Culture

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Samantha Smith: The 10 Year Old Girl Who Became an Icon for Peace

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Soviet Status Symbols: The Unique Balconies of the USSR

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In Conversation with a Soviet Poster Artist: Vladimir Tverdokhlebov

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Murder, Money and Michael J Fox: Ice Hockey in the Wild, Wild East

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Celebrating 60 Years of Humans in Space with a New Tour

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Announcing Sustainable, Ethical, Design-led Tours to the Former USSR

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Photo Essay: Inside Tashkent's Space-aged Subway Station

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.

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Behind the Poster: The Story of International Women's Day

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Fonts & Freedom: Using Typography to Chart the Course of the USSR

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The Fraternal Kiss - Behind the Famous Photo

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The Polish School of Posters: Creativity vs Communism

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Missing Murals: The Legacy of Soviet Mosaics

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Must Read Books on Soviet Art, Design and Culture

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Welcome to Bulunkul, Central Asia's Coldest Town

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Soviet Logos: The Lost Logos of a Socialist Utopia

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How We're Building a Purpose Led Business

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We’ve Integrated with Klarna to Make Art More Accessible

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Photo Essay: Turkmenistan's Shining Marble City, Ashgabat

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.

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How the CIA Stole a Sunken Soviet Submarine from the Sea Floor

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Photo Essay: The Unworldly Photos of Industrial Waste Landscapes in Russia

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Behind the Poster: The Young Pioneers of the USSR

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A Conversation about Conservation: How to Store, Frame and Protect your Artwork

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Behind the Poster: Political Games at the Olympic Games

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How We’re Building a Carbon Neutral Business

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Photo Essay: An Empty and Endless Kazakhstan

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Cyrk: The Posters that Take us Inside the Soviet Circus

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Behind the Poster: Propagandising the Healthy in the USSR

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The Ethics Behind Art: Our Commitment to Freedom and Equality

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The X-ray Records of the USSR

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.

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Behind the Poster: Environmental Policy in the USSR

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Photo Essay: Finding Beauty in Chernobyl’s Decay

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Cosmonauts and Communism: Soviet Propaganda in the Age of the Space Race

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My Journey from Fintech to Fine Art

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