31 thoughts on “Weird Urban Design”

    • Yes, no one wants their job outsourced to Indians.

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  1. Looks like the planners might have been inspired by Ebenezer Howard Garden Cities or, more likely, Le Corbusier’s later thinking on planning.

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  2. You have to admit, although Stalinist architecture was ugly, it got the job done and maximized all possible space. More than you can say for this complex, pretty though it is 😛

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  3. There is much logic to circle buildings, and they are built everywhere, even in Moscow in 2007, even with its much warmer climate than Novosibirk.

    These buildings stop wind. You probably heard that it’s cold in Russia, and it’s even colder in the wind, so buildings are put up in circles, with huge courtyards for children to play and park cars. It’s much more comfortable there, and no snow drifts.

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  4. any truth to the story that there are homeless children living in the sewers of Novosibirsk, begging for money and sniffing glue?

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    • Not sewers, but other underground utilities, like water pipes and electricals. How else do you keep warm? It ain’t Orlando where bums can sleep in shorts outside.

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  5. here’s the google maps link:

    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=novosibirsk&ie=UTF8&ll=54.922949,82.991409&spn=0.021259,0.070038&t=h&z=14&om=1

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  6. That’s Krasnoobsk, a suburb of agricultural academy. Circles of higher buildings slows down the wind and lower building inside form even more barriers for wind. All institutes of the academy reside in one group of buildings (very bottom of google screenshot) and connected by a gallery so you can go from building to building without get dressed/undressed.

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  7. No, it’s not Krasnoobsk, it’s Novosibirsk, near the North-east corner. I was there by mistake once (I missed my bus stop and had to go to the end of the line, the round buildings).

    Or at least there’s a complex like that in Novosibirsk. And Krasnoobsk is sort of a suburb of Novosibirsk.

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  8. They can install rockets underneath and launch it to orbit…would become complete space city without modifications 🙂 🙂

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  9. Also, the picture at the top is not the same complex as the link to google earth in the comments section, this is quite clear. The link is to Tallin, the picture I suppose is Novosibirsk

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