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Panelák

Panelák (Czech: [ˈpanɛlaːk]) is a colloquial term in Czech and Slovak for a panel building constructed of pre-fabricated, pre-stressed concrete, such as those extant in the former Czechoslovakia and elsewhere in the former Soviet bloc.

According to census statistics, around one in three Czechs still live in a panelák. Similar buildings were built in all communist countries, from Poland (blok mieszkalny, wielka płyta) to Mongolia. There were also attempts to introduce similar structures as public housing in the United States, but almost all ended in failure – some in disaster.

Source: Wikipedia

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