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Public space in the Russian context — vast expanses of open space and architecture of improvisation.
The way we think of public space is changing all the time, but is it for the better? The popularity of virtual realms has distracted attention from physical space. Conversely, a surfeit of good intentions, especially with the increased proliferation of hybrid commercial spaces over purely public ventures, can result in pre-programmed, overplanned areas that lack spontaneity. The theme looks at public space in the Russian context – the vast expanses of open space that are the legacy of monumental Soviet planning, and the architecture of improvisation that the arrival of the market economy prompted in these spaces.

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