Thanks for the link and starting this topic, Solivagant. I enjoyed reading through the document you linked, and some of the recommendations sounded promising. These included:Buzludzha
(Bulgaria) -- As a testament to the failed dream of communism, and the people's reaction to it. I thought the visual comparison between the original building and the current condition was particularly striking (though I imagine the structure might have to be cleaned up/shored up for safety and access).National Schools of Art
(Cuba) -- I'd never considered what a hybrid between Spanish and socialist architecture might look like, but the pictures of this site -- particularly from overhead -- look fascinating.Ještěd Tower
(Czech Republic/Czechia) -- Similarly, I haven't given much thought to TV towers being represented on the WHS list, but the architecture of this site is pretty fascinating.
I'm pleased to see the Socialist Postwar Architecture in Central and Eastern Europe
nomination with representative streets from Minsk, Berlin, Warsaw, and Kiev, as well, since the architecture was so distinctive in the 20th century.
What's particularly missing from the ICOMOS document, though, are Russian sites (as Els mentioned above). There was a picture of one of the Vysotki
(aka Seven Sisters
) in Moscow, and I'd love to see one or all of them get nominated before the similar proposal for a Romanian building inspired by the Vysotki. Similarly, two of the Armenian proposals made me think of even bigger or better examples I'd love to see from Russia. Mother Armenia is probably very meaningful to the Armenian people, but I'd rather see a Russian nomination of Mamayev Kurgan
in Volgograd. Another Armenian proposal was for a railway station, but I'd rather see railway stations represented through a Russian nomination of the Trans-Siberian Railroad
, which could cover both historic stations and sections of track -- perhaps the Circum-Baikal Railway which finally united east and west and is an extremely scenic section of the railway.