Demolition of Moscow flats

4000Following an official decision, some 4000 apartment blocks, the so called Krushchevka flats, will be demolished. Scattered all over the city, the buildings are home to around two million people. The Guardian covers the story in an article and a great photo essay.

Block check

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thats us you never go from bottom to top one of the landings this is the back there's a plane frontpanorama tenant's names are numbers that's me back panorama meeting a tenant technology explained walking and talking three landings the lady that died fire riser someone's trying to break in different tiles on different floors door closer that's heroin tileing in the slab block different tiling one dealer walking no talking moving a paper no weight whistling smashed windows walking from 5th to 3rd various objects fire escape door fire escape door rubbish chute pointing footing rubbish chute

This is a video map of a concierge control tour, a so-called block check, which I have recorded together with concierges of the Red Road flats in Glasgow in 2006. During a block check, the concierge would systematically walk down and control the stairs from the top to the ground floor. The map is clickable and it was originally integrated in the Highrise Project website. In the ‘The living building‘ I write about block-checking as an urban practice and how it contributed to the viability of this tall building. And it did so, even when back then, it was officially known that the flats will be demolished in the near future and clearance had already started. The building, in which the block check was recorded, was demolished on 10th June 2012.