Recycling Socialism


‘Recycling Socialism’ was the theme of this year’s Architectural Biennale in Tallinn, held in September. The Tallinn Architecture Biennale is an international architectural and urban forum, where theory and practice, experience and innovation meet, initiating fruitful discussions.

This year, te participants tried to figure out what the spaces, structures, concepts, and materials left behind by Socialist architecture can be turned into. The Biennale was  focused on the modernist spaces built from the 1960s through the 1980s. The entrants- 86 urban designers, architects, and municipal engineers from around the world- submitted their plans showing their ideas of what the physical remains of the past can contribute to in the future.The projects were evaluated, exhibited, and discussed during the Biennale. Now, from 12 December 2013 to 21 January 2014, The FUGA Centre of Architecture in Budapest will be exhibiting a selection of these entries (about half of them), that answer the question: What to do with Soviet housing estates? Among the  entries for the contest received from all over the world, you can see very different approaches regarding the scale of the intervention and in terms of philosophy. The exhibition can be visited everyday until January 21, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

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