A love for concrete

I’m in love with Kiev. With only two short visits to the city I think we should talk about love at first sight. It is a city that is marked by time. And it is still marked by tensions, developments and protests. It is also a city with passion. The love for her facets, from old cable cars to metro stations that can almost be turned into a museum. But above all it is a city of unparalleled beauty. Every corner you turn gives you a new surprise. This blog is not about architecture, nor about travel tips. But about how cities can inspire your crochet work. At least with me – but you can do something with that too.

Until about 1955, the new construction in Eastern European cities was dominated by gray blocks. It was a unique situation. Due to the bombing during the war, many urban areas had to be completely rebuilt. As a result, there was the possibility to coordinate the buildings. But attention to individuality was therefore hard to find.

This changes after 1955. More is being experimented with forms and there is more room for the individual. Although (gray) concrete is still used a lot, the shapes are freer. There will be more curved lines and, for example, braid made of reinforced concrete. This architecture, often found in cities in Poland, Moldova and Belarus, is not necessarily recognized. Socialist modernism is still seen as Soviet and residents clearly prefer later architecture.

But unknown makes unloved. As far as I am concerned in this case, particularly unjustified. So I put on the tough shoes and went to work with wicker. The result is “the Polish turtleneck“. Perfect if you want to see the architecture in the East in the rough days of the year. In any case, I heartily recommend it.

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