Why is Socialist Housing so Ugly

Or is it?

Marjan Krebelj
7 min readJan 18, 2024

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When people drive through the outskirts of any major Slavic city that once belonged to the Soviet giant, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Yugoslavia, or any similar countries, they often frown upon the endless panoramas of socialist housing blocks that intimidate western eyes and freeze the blood in their veins, perhaps reminding them of the gulag pains or the chilly winds of North Korea. Living there must fell like imprisonment, they might think to themselves. These buildings look drab, lifeless, and mechanical. And to some extent, this might be true. But let me

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Marjan Krebelj

Once an architect, now a freelance photographer/filmmaker with passion for words.