by Caroline Stanley
There's something about this bleak weather that makes the idea of looking at late Eastern Bloc architecture extremely appealing - kind of like listening to weepy music when it's rainy out. French photographer Frederic Chaubin's forthcoming book, Cosmic Communist Constructions, documents the last two decades of the Soviet era; many of the government-commissioned buildings featured in his photographs - scattered throughout Armenia, Estonia, Georgia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine and Russia - have since been destroyed. Click through to view a gallery of images.
The architecture faculty at the Polytechnic Institute of Minsk, Belarus, and its succession of overhanging lecture theatres, by V Anikin and I Yesman, 1983. Photo credit: Frederic Chaubin from Cosmic Communist Constructions