Akademgorodok by Pablo Ortiz Monasterio

Paperback, 88 pages
Publisher: RM/Conaculta (March 2015)
Language: English
Selected by Tank

Akademgorodok – literally, “Academic City” or “Academy Town” – is today best known as Siberia’s “Silicon Forest”. Founded in the 1950s to house 65,000 scientists and their families, it lies just south of Novosibirsk, Russia’s third-largest city. While it was a privileged place to live, rewards were few. Today it houses large multinational tech companies like Intel and Schlumberger. In Pablo Ortiz Monasterio’s series, Akademgorodok’s interiors are labyrinthine and seem archaic despite the fact they are still in use. This is Soviet engineering repurposed for capitalism.


© 2014 Akademgorodok, RM/Conaculta

Photograph © Pablo Ortiz Monasterio

Image 1: This is the Institute of Nuclear Physics, now known as the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics after its first director


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