December 2007: Bloc

Editorial – Bloc

Transfer a rental car and visit blocs from inside and outside.

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BOREK WIELKI

Second-class cabins overflow every Sunday night with travelers crossing themselves, eggs and pickles. A poem…

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Paneláky, taky, taky

Panelaky – prefab bloc punk?! Feel free to listen!

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Empty villages


“Miss, in this village there is no one you can talk to, it is only old people and the children. Everyone is abroad…”

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Achievements of Panelised Building Structure

Are there any good things about blocks to say? A little boy knows about the advantages of those big buildings and tells what magnificent progress society of the eastern bloc took here, in his memories from the 4th Floor.

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GDR Plattenbauten as a Utopian System

East German “Plattenbauten”, pre-fab concrete slab buildings, can be regarded as an architectural utopia. They incorporated the strategy of forming a Socialist society by restricting the individual space and forcing people into collective life because equalized architecture was supposed to produce an equal society.

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Don’t bloc my road

A new report from the fantastic world of “funny jobs in the service-based society”.
This month: Car transfer. Step on the accelerator, turn up the volume and hit the road.

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Western blocks

As well as in the East of the continent, in the far West of it there are some pretty unfriendly solutions for sheltering the human kind. The excerpt is from series of photographs taken in a Glasgow suburb – the one that later became famous from D. Boyle’s film “Trainspotting”.

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