why this project?


The collective mapping project K67 – The Kiosk Shots, initiated by Publicplan Amsterdam, wants to show how the public space in Eastern Europe is determined and linked by the K67 kiosk design. The eye-catching street furniture traversed different stages according to the recent history. The unified functional design has been successfully spread within planed economy systems. Also it was providing space to cultural and political change. Nowadays, with Eastern Europe in social, political and economical transition, it becomes a prominent linking element in East European public space. By collecting as many K67-photopraphs as possible the project intends to create a dense documentation of urban environment in Eastern Europe.

The K67 design was introduced in 1966 by the Slovenian architect and designer Saša J. Mächtig. Its system is based on polyfibre reinforced modules, which could be used as single units or combined to large agglomerations. It inhabits the cities as newspaper kiosks, parking-attendant booths, copyshops, market stands, shelter booths, chip stalls, student cafes or lottery stands, easily visible and accessible, in different colours and combinations. The unified functional design of the units enables them to fit almost any location and its context as well as numerous, diverse functions.

The K67 kiosks are, nevertheless, in danger of disappearing from public stage. Statements by eastern inhabitants about vanished or vandalised kiosks confirm this worry. The aim of K67 – The Kiosk Shots is to revaluate the design and point out its extraordinary role in the urban space of Eastern Europe. By collecting and mapping the K67 kiosks -both, the original design and its several copies- this project will give an outline of the eastern countries in their state of transition. The K67 website www.publicplan.com/K67 brings together, at least virtually, the kiosks which are physically spread out over the whole of Eastern Europe, linking the most diverse urban spaces in Eastern Europe and rendering them visible. The project intends to show the individual variety and diversity this design product can bring into public space. K67 is significant component of a complex history and identity of the eastern European countries. With these countries joining the EU it also becomes part of a wider, common European history.


Europe till 1989

Europe since 1992 (2004)


AD Andorra COE 1994

AL Albania WP 1955-1991, COE 1995

AM Armenia COMECON 1949-1991, WP 1955-1991, till 1991 UdSSR, since 1991 CIS, COE 2001

AT Austria COE 1956, OECD 1961, EU 1995

AZ Azerbaijan COMECON 1949-1991, WP 1955-1991, till 1991 UdSSR, CIS 1991, COE 2001

BA Bosnia-Herzegovina COMECON 1964-1991, 1992 independent from Yugoslavia, COE 2002

BE Belgium COE 1949, NATO 1949, EU 1957, OECD 1961

BG Bulgaria COMECON 1949-1991, WP 1955-1991, COE 1992, EU applicant

BY Belarussia COMECON 1949-1991, WP 1955-1991, till 1991 UdSSR, CIS 1991

CH Switzerland EFTA 1958, COE 1963

CY Cyprus COE 1961, EU 2004

CZ Czech Republic COMECON 1949-1991, WP 1955-1991, till 1992 CSSR, COE 1993, OECD 1995, NATO 1999, EU 2004

DE Germany COE 1951, NATO 1955, EU 1957, OECD 1961

DD German Democratic Republic 1954-1989, COMECON 1950-1989, WP 1955-1989

DK Denmark COE 1949, NATO 1949, OECD 1961, EU 1973

EE Estonia 1940-1991 UdSSR, COMECON 1949-1991, COE 1993, EU 2004

ES Spain OECD 1961, COE 1977, EU 1986, NATO 1982

FN Finland OECD 1969, COE 1989, EU 1995

FR France COE 1949, NATO 1949, EU 1957, OECD 1961

LI Liechtenstein COE 1978, EFTA 1958

GE Georgia COMECON 1949-1991, WP 1955-1991, till 1991 UdSSR, CIS 1991, COE 1999

GB Great Britain COE 1949, NATO 1949, OECD 1961, EU 1973

GR Greece NATO 1952, OECD 1961, COE 1974, EU 1981

HR Croatia COMECON 1964-1991, 1992 independent from Yugoslavia, COE 1996

HU Hungary COMECON 1949-1991, COE 1990, OECD 1996, NATO 1999, EU 2004

IE Ireland COE 1949, OECD 1961, EU 1973

IT Italy COE 1949, NATO 1949, EU 1957, OECD 1961

IS Iceland NATO 1949, EFTA 1958, CE 1959, OECD 1961

MC Monaco

MD Moldava COMECON 1949-1991, WP 1955-1991, till 1991 UdSSR, CIS 1991, COE 1995

MK Macedonia COMECON 1964-1991, 1991 independent from Yugoslavia, COE 1995

MT Malta COE 1965, EU 2004

NL Netherlands COE 1949, NATO 1949, EU 1957, OECD 1961

NO Norway COE 1949, NATO 1949, EFTA 1958, OECD 1961

KZ Kazakhstan COMECON 1949-1991, WP 1955-1991, till 1991 UdSSR, CIS 1991

LT Lithuania COMECON 1949-1991, 1940-1991 UdSSR, WP 1955-1991, COE 1993, EU 2004

LU Luxembourg COE 1949, NATO 1949, EU 1957, OECD 1961

LV Latvia COMECON 1949-1991, 1940-1991 UdSSR, WP 1955-1991, COE 1995, EU 2004

PL Poland COMECON 1949-1991, WP 1955-1991, COE 1991, OECD 1996, NATO 1999, EU 2004

PT Portugal NATO 1949, OECD 1961, COE 1976, EU 1986

RO Romania COMECON 1949-1991, WP 1955-1991, EU applicant

RU Russia COMECON 1949-1991, WP 1955-1991, till 1991 UdSSR, CIS 1991, COE 1996

SE Sweden COE 1949, OECD 1961, EU 1995

SL Slovenia COMECON 1964-1991, 1992 independent from Yugoslavia, COE 1993, EU 2004

SK Slovakia COMECON 1949-1991, WP 1955-1991, till 1992 CSSR, COE 1993, OECD 2000

SM San Marino COE 1988

TR Turkey COE 1949, NATO 1952, OECD 1961

YU Yugoslavia COMECON 1964-1991

UA Ukraine COMECON 1949-1991, WP 1955-1991, till 1991 UdSSR, CIS 1991, COE 1995

non European countries within COMECON

MN Mongolia COMECON 1961-1991

CU Cuba COMECON 1972-1991

VN Vietnam associated member COMECON 1978-1991

AN Angola associated member COMECON

MZ Mozambique associated member COMECON

YE Jemen associated member COMECON

ET Ethiopia associated member COMECON

LA Laos associated member COMECON

KG Kyrgyzstan associated member COMECON

TJ Taijikistan associated member COMECON

TM Turkmenistan associated member COMECON

UZ Uzbekistan associated member COMECON

western economical and political systems since 1949

COE – Council of Europe 1949 [ www.coe.int ]

NATO – North Atlantic Treaty Organization 1949 [ www.nato.int ]

WEU – Western Europaen Union 1955

CEE / EU – European Union 1957/58 [ www.eu.int ]

EFTA – European Free Trade Association 1958

OECD Organization For Economic Cooperation and Development 1961 (1948-1961 OEEC) [ www.oecd.org ]

eastern economical and political systems since 1949

COMECON – Council Of Mutual Economical Aid (SEW), 1949-1991 (42 years)

Warsaw Pact – 1955-1991 (36 years)

CIS – Commonwealth of independent states 1991 [ www.cis.sol.by/eng.shtml ]