What Happens When A Japanese Architect Designs A Balkan City?

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Fifty years ago, Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, was hit by a huge earthquake that flattened the city. Two years later, Japanese architect Kenzo Tange won a competition to design the new city center. And his influence on the city's retrofuturistic look is still apparent decades later.

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Although not all of Tange's master plan was ultimately realized, his ideas and designs helped guide the redevelopment of Skopje, then part of Yugoslavia, in the wake of the 1963 earthquake.

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The Saints Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje, the largest university in the country, rebuilt after the great 1963 earthquake

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St. Clement of Orchid (also known as Soborna Crkva), designed by Slavko Brezovski in 1972, inaugurated in 1990

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The Central Post Office, built in three stages in 1974, 1982 and 1989, designed by Janko Konstantinov

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Macedonian Hydrometeorological Service building, designed by Krsto Todorovski, 1975

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Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, designed by Blagoje Mickovskiego-Bajo, 1977

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Mladost swimming pool, opened in 1979

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The Telekom office building

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The 230 ft (70 m) tall MRT Building, built in 1984, now the headquarters of the Macedonian Radio and State Television

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The Nova Makedonija Building, now the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Education and Science

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Soravia Center, 2008

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The Mother Teresa Memorial House, on the site of an old Roman Catholic church, opened in 2009

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