Abandoned Soviet Heritage

Abandoned Soviet Heritage


After the Soviet Union collapse, in all the independent countries, hundreds of factories and companies stopped working. Their products in the market economy turned out to be not competitive. Even two decades later, these huge abandoned buildings not only didn’t vanish, but are standing as a part of the cities, and of course, influence the appearance of megalopolises. In the case of Armenia, there is no need to speak about megalopolises. The only city, which has population of a million, is Yerevan. But abandoned factories here are not less. Being an industrial country, Armenia, after the Soviet Union collapse, became a cemetery for non-functioning production zones. Dead multi-storey buildings, corroded by time winds and people, look like a ghosts, that are of interest to no one. It seems that these buildings are asking for a rest themselves, as they look so bleak. And in the inside, there are once the noisy conveyors and machines now in rust. Here, it is as if the past and the present clash. And it is not clear yet who will win. It is a horrible sight. Of course, it would be good if they start to work. People would have jobs No one is going to demolish these buildings and clean the exclusion zone. The majority of functioning factories are private properties. They are even being guarded. Maybe that’s why city authorities have not solved this problem for over 20 years. Sashur Kalashyan
Architect There is no need to reinvent the wheel again. We have the valued experience and skills. They just don’t have the desire. This is because of a lack of knowledge. The reason is not only in money but also the absence of need Only you and I see the problem in this situation. In some European countries the issue was solved creatively. They transform old factories into museums. Zhorik Galstyan has been living in Yerevan for 50 years already, He thinks that the demolishing of factories is not the right solution. They took out and sold everything, now there are only empty buildings. And they want to demolish and construct a different building, let it be. The face of Yerevan has changed a lot since independence. But the abandoned factories stand the same way they used to. And even the green zones, which have grown around those cannot cover these alienated constructions.

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