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Ashgabat Hotel, early 70s

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

Ashgabat, capital of Turkmenistan, in a early 70s picture. A GAZ-21 Volga (1962 model) passes next to  the “Ashgabat” Hotel, built in 1969 in a modernist/brutalist style by drawings of Soviet architets A. Akhmedov, F. Aliyev, V. Vysotin, V. Kutomov. (photo: © 1975 Novosti news agency, Moscow – personal collection)

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Surveying in Karakum

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

A young Turkmen surveyor holding a level staff in 1975, during construction of the Karakum Canal, across the Karakum Desert. The level staff (aka ‘leveling rod’) is a graduated rod, used with a surveying or levelling instrument to determine distances and differences in height. Built between 1954 and 1988 under the Soviet administration, the Karakum Canal is one of the largest irrigation and water supply …

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Karakumstroi building, Ashgabat 1975

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

Soviet–era building “Karakumstroi” in Ashgabat, capital of Turkmenistan, in a 1975 picture. At that time, the population of the city was 289 000 (source: Novosti). This office and administration building has been built between 1964 and 1969 by design of architects Abdullah Akhmedov, Fikrat Aliyev, Arif Zeynalov and Etya Krichevskaya in the “soviet modernism” style. (photo: © 1975 Novosti news agency, Moscow – personal collection)