Tour the Decaying Beauty of Soviet Moscow With This New Map
A new walking map highlights the endangered structures built for a socialist utopia in the 1920s.
Some remarkable buildings were built in the early years of the Soviet Union, guided by dreams of a socialist utopia. These structures were inspired by cubism and other modern art movements, and they featured steel, glass, and other modern materials.
This construction began in the early 20th century, when the nation was emerging from centuries of tsarist rule.“If you can attempt to imagine this era, Russia had no money whatsoever, but it’s full of hope and aspiration and talented people who weren’t able to achieve anything before,” says Derek Lamberton, the founder of Blue Crow Media, an independent publisher based in London that has just released a map of Moscow’s architectural highlights from this period.
The new map