Wednesday 14.06.17, 19:30

Moscow from perestroika to the present day: the conflict of the Soviet past and the present – a story by films and lectures 











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. The last day of the retrospective is devoted to the period from 1992 to the present day. For incomplete thirty years after the collapse of the USSR, several quasi-periods and ideologies have changed in the capital: from chaotic and unregulated urban development to a new large-scale centralised renovation.

19:30 – 20:30 – Discussion ’To demolish or to save: prisoner's dilemma’ on the conflict of interests of developers and citizens. How to find a compromise between the renovation and preservation of the architectural heritage of the Soviet past? What parts of this past is worth defending?

Speakers: founder of the organization ‘Arhnadzor’ and the magazine ‘Moscow Heritage’ Rustam Rahmatullin and head of the ‘Mezonproekt’ bureau Ilya Mashkov.

20:45 – 21:45 – Discussion ‘The Future of New Moscow in the XXI Century’ on the radical nature of the upcoming changes, the scope of which is not inferior to the Soviet period. How did the project ‘New Moscow’ appear? And whether it has a chance to be realised to the end?

Speakers: dean of the HSE Graduate School of Urbanism Alexey Novikov, director of the MARCH Architectural School Nikita Tokarev and head of Strelka Architects Dasha Paramonova.

22:00 – 23:45 – Screening ‘D’Est’ (1993) by Chantal Ackerman about a trip to the collapsed country. In slow fascinating shots, Moscow appears as a city with an indefinite future, endless queues at bus stops during rush hour, miserable interiors of communal apartments, where random heroes faces are frozen in involuntary anticipation.

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 and Royal Belgian Film Fund (Cinematek).

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