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Bizarrely Beautiful Bus Stops From the Soviet Era

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Most architecture from the Soviet Union can be described as uniform, functional, and austere. That’s why so many bus stops leftover from the era look shockingly out-of-place in comparison. 

In a time when conformity was the law of the land, these structures provided a rare outlet for creative expression. Local artists were free to design creations as imaginative as they pleased, varying in shape, size, and medium. One mosaic structure in the coastal town of Gagra, Abkhazia, resembles a tall wave curling into a protective overhang above the bus stop stools. Another in Astana, Kazakhstan, features the iconic hammer and sickle symbol juxtaposed with blue snowflakes and red stars.

Public transportation was a significant part of life in the Soviet Union. Not only were busses and trains a sign of unification, they were also a symbol of national progress. By the mid-'80s, busses accounted for close to 44 percent of the country’s traffic. Many citizens spent a good deal of time waiting at bus stops, and these colorful structures broke up the otherwise desolate landscapes that cover much of the former Soviet Union.

A new book of photography titled Soviet Bus Stops is now available to order on Amazon. It’s the result of Canadian photographer Christopher Herwig’s 12-year journey through 13 countries that previously fell behind the Iron Curtain. Since the Soviet Union dissolved nearly 25 years ago, many of the bus stops have fallen into disrepair. Whether or not they're still standing 10, 25, or 100 years from now, Herwig’s photography will remain a testament to some of the most unique works of art to ever emerge from the Soviet Union. 

Soviet Bus Stop of the day. Astana, Kazakhstan Photo by Christopher Herwig

Posted by Soviet Bus Stops on Monday, March 10, 2014

Soviet Bus Stop of the day, Naelavere, ESTONIA. Photo by Christopher Herwig

Posted by Soviet Bus Stops on Sunday, March 9, 2014

Soviet Bus Stop of the day - Airport, Paltova, Ukraine, 2013, photo by Christopher Herwig

Posted by Soviet Bus Stops on Saturday, March 8, 2014

Soviet Bus Stop of the day. Pitsunda, Abkhazia, 2013. Photo by Christopher Herwig

Posted by Soviet Bus Stops on Friday, March 7, 2014

Soviet Bus Stop of the day. Lake Sevan, Armenia 2013 Photo by Christopher Herwig

Posted by Soviet Bus Stops on Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Soviet Bus Stop of the Day. Merv, Turkmenistan, 2005 Photo by: Christopher Herwig

Posted by Soviet Bus Stops on Saturday, March 1, 2014

In Abkhazia, down the road from Sochi, Russia.

Posted by Soviet Bus Stops on Monday, February 24, 2014

In Abkhazia, down the road from Sochi, Russia.

Posted by Soviet Bus Stops on Monday, February 24, 2014


[h/t: Foreign Policy]

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One Photographer's Quest to Document Every Frank Lloyd Wright Structure in the World
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From California’s Marin County Civic Center to the Yokodo Guest House in Ashiya City, Japan, Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence spans countries and continents. Today, 532 of the architect’s original designs remain worldwide—and one photographer is racking up the miles in an attempt to photograph each and every one of them, according to Architectural Digest.

Andrew Pielage is the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s unofficial photographer. The Phoenix-based shutterbug got his gig after friends introduced him to officials at Taliesin West, the late designer’s onetime winter home and studio that today houses the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

Higher-ups at Taliesin West allowed Pielage to photograph the property in 2011, and they liked his work so much that they commissioned him for other projects. Since then, Pielage has shot around 50 Wright buildings, ranging from Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, to the Hollyhock House in Los Angeles.

Pielage takes vertical panoramas to “get more of Wright in one image,” and he also prefers to work with natural light to emphasize the way the architect integrated his structures to correspond with nature’s rhythms. While Pielage still has over 400 more FLW projects to go until he's done capturing the icon’s breadth of work, you can check out some of his initial shots below.

[h/t Architectural Digest]

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What the Homes of the Future Will Look Like, According to Kids
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Ask a futurist what the house of tomorrow will feature and she might mention automatic appliances and robot assistants. Ask a kid the same question and you’ll get answers that are slightly more creative, but not altogether impractical. That’s what Made.com discovered when they launched Homes of the Future, a project that had kids draw illustrations of futuristic homes that served as the basis for professional 3D renderings.

According to Co.Design, the UK-based furniture retailer recruited children ages 4 to 12 to submit their architectural ideas. The doodles, sketched in pen, marker, and colored pencil, showcase the grade-schoolers' imaginations. Paired with each picture is concept art made with a 3D illustrator that shows what the homes might look like in the real world.

The designs range from colorful and whimsical to coldly realistic. In one blueprint, drawn by Ameen, age 10, a neighborhood of rainbow buildings and flowers float among the clouds. Another sketch by Ellis, age 7, shows a “home built to last” with titanium, bricks, a steel roof, and bulletproof windows. Some kids seemed less concerned with durability than they were with the tastiness of the infrastructure. Cherry-flavored bricks, candy windows, and a giant jelly slide were just some of the features built into the future homes. Sustainability was also a major theme, with solar panels appearing on two of the houses.

Check out the original artwork and the 3D versions of their ideas below.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

[h/t Co.Design]

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