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The fall of the Iron Curtain in 1991 came not only with political, economic, and social implications but also left behind a distinctive style of architecture. This architecture, under the Soviet regime, was a system that relied on quantifiable targets, such as the Five Year Plan. These quotas forced architects to evaluate building projects in terms of material and labor costs, number of units, volume of skilled and unskilled labor, and so forth. As a result, architecture across these regions became an industrial commodity, an outward flex of power and technological innovation, and a collective of architects executing a Stalinist vision. However, Soviet Modernism, as it is now called, was a regionally diverse style. Architecture built in the Baltic States was designed to promote the popular tourist destinations in these countries, while places like Uzbekistan and Georgia feature the iconic Soviet zeitgeist of "sci-fi" and brutalist buildings. View more View full description
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