The Soviet Union (USSR) has collapsed since 1991. Yet, the post-Soviet sphere has retained some of the sites built during the Soviet period in its space in both cities and rural areas.
These are the photos I took in Armenia—a former Soviet Republic—from 2014 onwards,
These photos were taken on different types of “sites” such as leisure/recreational ones (parks, fountains—seen as leisure/recreational sites during the Soviet era), sports facilities, public transportation stations, and others.
Sites reveal “space”, which is a result of the deliberated arrangement of materials, objects, and structure; therefore sites could reveal more about the perception of the relationship between people, behavior, and physical structures during the Soviet period.
While some of the physical structures/sites built during the Soviet period remain, others have already been demolished or to be demolished for sales to developers that will turn them into more “modern”and “profitable” property projects.
Though some cities/countries desire to “clean up” those Soviet sites and the associated memories, others argue for the retention of them as they are part of an important period of history despite the not so positive memories.
Whether people want to retain these sites and memories, they represent human’s trajectory in physical space.
These sites are fragile in the sense that they face an unknown fate.
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