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​Tom Sawyer à-la Russe: How Many Adults Does It Take to Paint a House

The story of Russia’s most successful citizens’ initiative. In 2015 the historic preservation festival Tom Sawyer Fest was launched in Samara. The festival got volunteers together in an effort to restore wooden buildings that lacked cultural heritage object status. The event combined painting walls and replacing shabby decorations with cultural events…

Intern of the month: “Many people work for free in Rome”

Alexandra Budaeva, an architect at Meganom, undertook two internships in Rome. She talked about why Italians, unlike Russians, are willing to miss every deadline, but still thoroughly design a good-quality project. Photo: personal archive THE BACKSTORY Alexandra studied at MArchI from 2008 to 2014. In September 2014 she went to an architectural workshop…

The epic struggle on the Internet of Things

The first thing to understand about the “Internet of Things” is that it’s not about Things on the Internet. Bruce Sterling is a science fiction author, journalist and critic. He is also know for his story collection “Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology” that helped to define cyberpunk genre. Strelka Magazine offers an extract from his provocative…

Casey Reas on coding: you need to be able to read and write

Let’s think of programming languages as materials in the same way that we think of physical materials that we can form into something to be experienced. Casey Reas is an artist and co-creator of Processing, a well-known programming language. He and designer and software consultant Ben Fry developed it as a free and open source programming language for…

Memes, design and politics

On how graphic design can serve to social issues. Metahaven is a research and design studio founded by Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden based in Amsterdam. Their work is usually dedicated to reflexions on politics and social problems in the form of graphical and media design. They are also among the teaching staff at The New Normal educational programme.…

5 Architecture Books of 2017 From MIT Press

Las Vegas as the American Dream, the New Brutalism, the greatest non-building architect, and much more. The more transparent the world becomes, the more difficult it is to follow all the new books, especially ones that are not yet published. Strelka Magazine collected the most interesting texts on architecture that will be published this year by MIT Press. The…

The Charm of Illegal Art: the History of Russian Graffiti

The timeline of the history of Russian graffiti from New-York heritage to patriotic discourses. Graffiti took off in USSR along with breakdancing, which arrived in the country with hip-hop movies brought from the US. Since the New York period, the common image of the graffiti artist has been followed and copied again and again: disregard for private and state…

Geometry of Now: How an experimental sound art festival allowed Moscow to re-discover an iconic industrial building

Mark Fell, curator of the festival, art critic Irina Kulik, experimental electronic musician Sergey Kasich and commissioner of Ural Industrial Biennial Alisa Prudnikova shared their impressions about the festival. On 20-27 February an audiovisual festival organised by the V- A-C Foundation, “Geometr y of Now”, took place at the former power station GES-2.…

Eyal Weizman: Forensic Architecture

How to investigate human rights abuses, military conflicts and destruction through the unique lens of architecture. Contemporary context of batter fields has changed: conflicts increasingly happen within urban areas, where civilian homes ordinary become targets. But the truth is that human rights violations are now caught on cameras so they are available instantly…

Sloboda 1.0: what life was like in the Tatar slobodas one and a half centuries ago

Are you allowed to eat soap, wear skinny pants, and get on adults’ nerves? As an important Kazan brand, the Tatar slobodas are an interesting subject for researchers and ordinary citizens: activists give tours there, specialists give lectures on their history and architecture, and the authorities think up ways to preserve Tatar identity and make it more appealing…

​Pritzker 2017: The Three Spaniards

Why did a group of unknown architects just win the Pritzker prize, and could this indicate a new trend in the world of architecture? The Pritzker Prize is the most prestigious of all the awards existing in the world of architecture. It has been awarded since 1979, and Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster, and many other famous architects have all been…
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