Until the early 1930s Moscow hadn’t had a unified development strategy, it turned into a platform for a clash between the old and the new, the birthplace of bold, but scattered experiments. Since Moscow became the new capital in 1918, the city has started changing its identities, and it has been continuing to this day.
Within the framework of the ‘New Moscow: A retrospective’ programme, a series of film screenings and discussions will be held from June 5 to 14. This day of the retrospective is devoted to the beginning of Khrushchev's thaw. Urban planning in this period was focused on vital problems: lack of housing, need for aesthetics. The new grand construction destroyed many precious corners of the old capital but gave the opportunity to the industrial city to grow and develop.
19:30 – 20:00 – Discussion ‘Socialist Modernism’ on the features of Soviet modernism on the background of western analogues and about whether the architecture had a thaw. The discussion takes place in English with simultaneous interpretation.
Speakers: Professor at the University of Groningen, Associate Professor at Delft Technical University, tutor at the joint Master's program Advanced Urban Design of the HSE Graduate School of Urbanism and Strelka Institute Dr. Cor Wagenaar and Director of the Institute of Modernism, senior researcher of NIITIAG, Candidate of Science in Arts Olga Kazakova.
20:00 – 21:00 – Screening ‘Moscow, Gorky Street’ (1966) by Roman Grigoriev – a movie about happy life flow at the central street of the capital – Tverskaya street today.
21:30 – 22:00 – Discussion ‘Prefabricated Happiness / Typical Happiness’ on typical buildings: how they looked at the West, how to love five-storey buildings, and how to feel happy inside.
Speakers: Professor at the University of Groningen, Associate Professor at Delft Technical University, tutor at the joint Master's program Advanced Urban Design of the Higher School of Urban Studies HSE and Strelka Institute Dr. Cor Wagenaar and architect Marko Mihic Jeftic.
22:00 – 23:50 – Screening ‘July Rain’ (1966) by Marlen Khutsiev – a film about the young people of the 60s, whose life, devoid of pathos, flows on Moscow streets, in typical houses and similar apartments, when the worldview is rapidly changing, and there is always a need for searching for new meanings.
A series of events was prepared by the students of the joint master program Advanced Urban Design of the HSE Graduate School of Urbanism and Strelka Institute with the support of the Architecturalia Foundation.
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