Housing in the Soviet Union

Housing in the Soviet Union – K Zhukov

No Date given on this one, but it is obviously from the early Khrushchev era, when a lot of prefab, mass consumption housing was quickly raised in all Soviet cities.  This massive construction programme finally ended the chronic housing shortages that plagued all Soviet cities since about the 1920’s.  People were finally able to leave the communal apartments and move into a flat of there own.  Quickly and cheaply built, these buildings quickly aged and decayed, and are responsible for the ‘grey’ and crumbling stereotype of the Soviet city.  In Russia these buildings became knows, dismissively, as ‘Krushchevs’.



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