Tuesday 9 March 2021

won’t you take me to comfort town?

Nag on the Lake’s Picture of the Day transports us to housing estate completed in 2019, first conceived in the aftermath of the 2008 Financial Crisis built on the campus of a moribund rubber factory on Kyiv’s industrial Left Bank, perplexingly to the right of the Dnieper river. Painted and clad in a fashion to suggest children’s wooden building block architecture, the affordable low-rise apartment blocks are a colourful contrast to the landscape of older so-called krushchevki, the housing scheme promoted under Soviet rule whose necessary up-keep did not always carry over when ownership transferred into individual stakeholders.