This was the Future, Vol.33

typed for your pleasure on 15 March 2007, at 12.06 am

Sdtrk: ‘Spectre’ by NON

Soviet Russia! Home of old-school Communism, the Lada series of automobiles, and Yakov Smirnoff-style jokes. (‘In Soviet Russia, Russia Soviets you!‘ Etc) Also, Russia is host to a few buildings that definitely slot nicely into the ‘This was the Future’ series. You’ve got the sturdy-in-appearance-only Dom Sovietov, you’ve got the Melnikov House Studio (saving that one for an upcoming instalment), and then there are these lovely Brutalist wet dreams.


‘State Department for traffic’ building, Tbilis, Georgia

Unfortunately, much like when I’d linked to Ostmoderne, info in English for these buildings is bloody hard to come by. Do I look like I can read Cyrillic? Do I??

The States could definitely use more buildings after that fashion. Hell, every country could use more buildings after that fashion. But I would say that.
Do svidanya, especially to William Bennett, whose blog I originally found this site on, and Happy Ides of March!

Random similar posts, for more timewasting:

This was the Future, Vol.22 on February 22nd, 2006

This was the Future, Vol.05 on February 16th, 2005

4 have spoken to “This was the Future, Vol.33”

  1. SafeTinspector writes:

    Too bad about the language barrier. It would be nice to know what this building is being used for now.
    Traffic ministry? Hardly likely.
    This is probably where the eugenics experiments are conducted. They try in vain to breed a super-latvian.

  2. Camilla writes:

    Lovely indeed and the first thing on my mind was Caza’s world, sci-fi french comic illustrator : http://www.hollywoodcomics.com/caza.html .
    this is all i could find on the net, but the buildings he did in his books are exactly like these ones.
    so “this was the future” 🙂

  3. Davecat writes:

    SafeT
    Super-Latvian! That’s got an unmistakable ring to it…

    Camilla –
    Hoorej, Camilla’s back! 🙂
    This Caza individual looks rather intriguing — his art reminds me of Jean Giraud aka Moebius, crossed with Frank Frazetta. ‘Very nice! I like!’ as Borat would say…

  4. Camilla writes:

    Hey DC 🙂 🙂 I always read your blog, even if i don’t reply.
    Borat is hilarious!

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