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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The Dream of Baikalsk: New Life for a one-industry town
The director of Centre for Urban Anthropology at KB Strelka, Mikhail Alekseevsky, who worked on this project, explained to us why Baikalsk should be transformed into a tourist mecca and whether the ex-employees of the shut down mill are ready to start working in museums and parks.
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,…
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…
MARK MEEROVICH: I SEE FRAGMENTS OF THE PAST IN THE PRESENT
In the last year alone, several major projects in Moscow have attracted illustrious international architects and urban designers. One only needs to recall the Moscow Agglomeration Competition, which saw the participation of Ricardo Bofill, Antoine Grumbach, Bernardo Secchi, Paola Vigano, representatives of Urban Design Associates (USA), the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (Netherlands) and many others. Six consortia of Russian and…
GERT URHAHN: FROM EXTENSION TO TRANSFORMATION, FROM PLAN TO PROCESS
Gert Urhahn is designer of the urban environment, former head of Urhahn Urban Design, author of “Spontaneous City” (2010). Recently he participated in “The New Life of Microrayons” session of Moscow Urban Forum. — What are the main challenges in transformation of megacities? — Thinking about the main challenges there is especially one thing coming to my mind – the need for a major turn from extension to transformation,…
DAVID MUNN: OPENNESS ASSISTS IN DELIVERING A MORE EFFICIENT GOVERNMENT
David Munn is Head of information and communication technology for the Greater London Authority and a proponent of using open source technology and opening up data to citizens. Recently he participated in the “Open Data and the General Agenda” session of Moscow Urban Forum. — What is the role of new technologies in city management? Are there any new working methods you implement? — I suppose our focus - at the Greater London…
DAVID BARRIE: GOVERNMENT IS USED TO SUPREME CONTROL AT THE LOCAL LEVEL
David Barrie is a British urban designer, CEO of David Barrie & Associates which focuses on urban regeneration projects. Recently he participated in “New Life of Microrayons” session of Moscow Urban Forum. Below he speaks about community building in terms of market economy and shows ways to provoke people to act independently of central government for their own good. — After years of forced cooperation Russians didn’t tend…