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Royal seal of approval: Cylindrical apartment towers for the Pyongyang elite line the 4km-long Kwangbok Street, a ceremonial boulevard built for the 1989 World Festival of Youth and Students. As Kim Jong-il wrote approvingly: “In the formation of Kwangbok Street, a large variety of shapes, such as cylinders, windmills, polygons, the letter S and steps, were adopted for apartment blocks....The arrangement of buildings on straight lines along the main street is an outmoded method.” Photo: Oliver Wainwright

July 11, 2018 4:43 PM (UTC+8)