Editorial – Bloc

Our call for bloc contribution has inspired writers, photographers and musicians. Blocs as living and working places were spotted in the East and in the West. They are pieces of the authors’ past as well as recently discovered blocs.

Get on board at the 4th floor of a GDR bloc of the 80s, slide down its refuse chute – an “Achievements of Panelised Building Structure” by Matthias – and visit Neeltje’s “GDR Plattenbauten as a Utopian System” in the neighbourhood. To get the raw feeling of concrete blocs, listen to “Panelaky” punk by  “Řekla ne!”

Travel to a Glasgow suburb to see Assen’s “Western blocks” known from D. Boyle’s film “Trainspotting” and then further south-east to Romania to wander through the newly constructed “empty villages” spotted by Diana, Larisa, Madalina and Oana. Take a train, some eggs and pickles, and slowly move through Adam’s “Borek Wielki” in Poland.

If you have little time for travelling, step in to Murat from a car rental station. You will be able to make Berlin, Köln, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Leipzig within one shift at a speed of 200 km/h. In “Don’t bloc my road” Felix sheds light into Germany’s service sector.

Fasten your seatbelt and enjoy!

Assen Ivanov, Helena Doudova, Kristin Höltge
Editors Plotki Online

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