Lorena Lombardozzi lived in both capitals for two and half years, as a private tenant of council flats. Being a participant and observer of such realities gives her the rare opportunity to compare them and contribute to the narrative of “what happened behind these doors?”
Wondering around Cuban cities, you occasionally come across murals in bright and warm Caribbean colours. Their ideological messages are reminders of Cuba’s revolutionary past and unique position in the present-day world. But what do they evoke – a past long gone or a possible socialist future?
On the edge of Monte Sant’Angelo sits “the Korea”, the biggest social housing project in the southern Italian town. Originally built under a Communist Party administration, “the Korea” soon gained the reputation of a ghetto and the site is still the subject of much prejudice and stigma today. Maurizio Totaro re-visits his hometown and looks at the housing estate through the lens of the town’s history and his family’s own story.
Across Eastern Europe in the middle of the 20th century architects and planners were imagining, planning and constructing their ideal of a socialist city. Novi Beograd (or New Belgrade), strategically designed as the capital of the Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia, is one such example.