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The Feng Shui of Yugoslavian Architecture

I’m not going to beat around the bush, I miss Yugoslavia. They had incredible songs, a fearless leader, and a monopoly on the world’s production of Vegeta.

For now, i’d just like to nostalgically nod at the architecture that the Yugo years left behind. I admit there’s still plenty of brutalism poking through in the old cities, along with a junkyard assortment of oxidized factories spewed across ‘the nature’.

And yet,

I can’t help but note that a lot of the construction and design of the period share a common thread- their overt and unnecessary complexity.  As I see it, the three pillars of Yugoslavian structuralism are listed here:

“Make it complicated,

Make it shades of brown

Make it so that any future addition will appear as logical as the original”


Here’s to the collective vision that once made a nation state,

and that same vision

now lying latent under new management

breathing air conditioned dreams

from external units that it never knew

it was always waiting for.

Petrova Gora memorial in Croatia (Courtesy Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss)

There are plenty more incredible photos collected at this guy’s site and some alien ritual leftovers here

I leave you in the safe hands of Jesse Jackson

who is already holding hands with Slobodon and Rod Blagojevich. Amen!


One comment on “The Feng Shui of Yugoslavian Architecture

  1. mazeingpuzzles
    December 11, 2011

    Thanks for the post. Those are some great buildings. I would have never thought I would here Yugoslavia and feng shui in the same sentence.

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