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A virtual high speed walk

Restless Jo is taking a rest from blogging and I’ll miss her Monday Walks. I have so many strolls and clambers that I’ve been meaning to feature on my blog, but life gets in the way.

As a temporary farewell to Jo, though, I’m going to take us on a high speed walk to some of my favourite urban structures. No map or step count will be provided, just follow me with your imagination.

Our first stop may well test your imagination. For me, it shouts Soviet architecture, and it is a Russian Embassy, but its actual location is not so obvious I feel.

Havana, November 2016

Lengthen those virtual strides now – we’re off to London.

Tate Modern, London, September 2020

Hayward Gallery, London, May 2019

No 1 London Bridge, London, August 2020

Now we’ll cross the seas to Rome, and then a short hop to Malta.

Palace of Congress, Rome, October 2019

Parliament building, Valletta, Malta, March 2019

And just a short flicker of the imagination as we stride our way to Berlin.

Unite d’ Habitation (aka Corbusierhaus), Berlin, October 2019

Next, think board games and Where’s Moldova?

Chisinau, Moldova, July 2019

Bender, Transnistria, July 2019

Then, a mere meander to Azerbaijan.

Heydar Aliyev Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan, March 2017

Almost at the end now – just one final stretch of the imagination to get us to Hong Kong.

Fanling, Hong Kong, November 2018

That was just a small section of the buildings I’ve fallen in love with on my travels. But my head was spinning after that sudden return to exploring near and far.



Copyright Debbie Smyth, 31 May 2021

Posted as part of Jo’s Monday Walks

12 replies »

  1. wow so much amazing concrete, what a brilliant walk around the world. Much prefer this architecture to the current obsession around us for wooden boxes!


  2. Oh my, much Brutalist stuff…. then the delightful smooth curves of Heydar Aliyev Centre, Baku….was that Zaha Hadid’s design?


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