03.17.2017

Total control: How architectural supervision can save your project

Strelka Magazine publishes a column by Darya Paramonova, director of Strelka Architects, in which she explains why a project can never be realised well without the architect’s field supervision. BACKGROUND INFO Strelka Architects was founded in 2015 and specialises in designing civic infrastructure, including the recent renovation works on the Garden…
03.07.2017

The First National Architectural Competition is announced started in Russia

On the 7th of March, the First National Architectural Competition started in Russia. The goal of the competition is to create improvement design projects in key public spaces of 15 cities in Russia. The competition takes place with the support of the Ministry of Construction Industry of the Russian Federation and is organised by the Agency for Housing Mortgage…
02.17.2017

A selfie by the factory: what do a million photographs from monotowns say?

Researchers collected 1.1 million photographs from social networks to figure out how to improve Russian monotowns. The Center for Urban Anthropology at KB Strelka analysed the quality of life in 32 monotowns through 1.1 million photographs on social networks, content-analysis, and GIS. The studied cities included Miass, Kanash, Norilsk, Naberezhnye Chelny…
02.15.2017

International Experience: The Housing Dilemma — From Vienna to Singapore

How do different countries tackle the issue of providing affordable quality housing, and is their experience applicable to Russia? Why don’t people in Vienna aspire to own apartments and prefer to carry on renting instead, in which country are only residents allowed to purchase houses, and which problems can…
11.28.2016

Daniel Miller: «Most of our discoveries were represented in the form of cat memes»

The British anthropologist on why it’s good when your hypotheses fail and how to popularise knowledge the modern way. On November 6 British anthropologist and one of the most renowned researchers of social media Daniel Miller delivered his lecture as a part of the “NOW. Constructing Contemporaneity” festival organised by Colta.ru, the Heinrich…
04.12.2016

​How It Works: The New Standard of Street Design in Moscow

An interview with the project manager for the development of the Moscow Street Design Standard This spring the development of a new Street Design Standard was completed under a large-scale urban renovation program, My Street. The Standard is the city’s first document featuring a complex approach to ecology, retail, greening, transportation and general…
02.24.2016

​Francesco Bandarin: Don’t think we are old-fashioned

Assistant Director-General of UNESCO for Culture comments on building a Monument to Vladimir the Great and on cities forsaking their historical identity for tourists’ sake. The Strelka Institute has been selected by UNESCO as a partner for the implementation of a survey on “Culture and Sustainable Urban Development” as part of the UNESCO Global Report.…
12.29.2015

​Phil Wren: "If we start treating retail more seriously the shopping malls would change as well"

A British department store guru’s view on Moscow retail — in the city centre, on the periphery and in-between. Phil Wren is an architect who has spent the last 25 years designing retail spaces. He led the transformation of neglected pseudo-Victorian style stores in Bolton into new centres of social activity and turned a former bus depot…
11.26.2015

​What do 16 000 photos say about Moscow

The most ‘masculine’ statue, places ‘most photographed after sunset’ and other results from an urban anthropology study of 16 000 images uploaded to Vkontakte. Once a photograph is uploaded to social media, it ceases to be part of one’s private archive and becomes public property, as well as an object of study for researchers. There have been…
02.28.2015

​The Dream of Baikalsk: New Life for a one-industry town

According to the official figures, there are 313 monotownes in Russia and only 89 of them can be considered stable both socially and economically. The rest are either in a state of deep crisis or barely surviving. KB Strelka, in collaboration with Russian experts in ecology and tourism, as well as foreign experts in museum curating, cultural programming, and…
02.09.2015

​Red Square Tolerance Pavilion

This January the winners of the ‘Red Square Tolerance Pavilion’ competition that was organised by international organisation HMMD were announced. The first prize was given to a team of architects from Italy. Their bold and daring project proposed to build the pavilion right against the Kremlin wall. Strelka Magazine caught up with Kiana Jalali, Marco Merigo,…
04.26.2013

Farshid Moussavi interview

Farshid Moussavi is the Founder of Farshid Moussavi Architecture. Recently she visited Moscow to participate in the conference «Architects playing: new ideas, shapes and materials» curated by Strelka Institute as a part of «KNAUF Days» Forum. In 2010-2011 Farshid was Director of «Design» Studio at Strelka Educational Program, and in June 2011 she delivered…
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