Monday 10.09.18, 16:30

What will the architect of the future need – machine intelligence or human imagination? Why will teamwork be more important than individual projects? What related fields can an architect find himself in? 










english with simultaneous translation into Russian

Registration of participants

'Digital Masons: What will the Architect of the Future Look Like?'
Speaker: Arpan Bakshi, architecture theorist and associate partner at Foster + Partners architectural firm

Mr. Bakshi will discuss changes in the role of the architect in the near future. If architecture is a product of culture, then the architect is a product of economic and technological transformation. Mr. Bakshi will reflect on how externalities reshape architecture, and their waterfall effects on architectural education and practice in the next decade.

Public Talk
'What housing will the architect of the future build for us?'
Speakers: Lola Digby-Diercks, Business Developer Lead at Nightingale Housing and Alexandra Chechetkina, architect, project director at Strelka KB, and tutor at AAVS Moscow

Lola Digby-Diercks, an Australian architect and Business Developer Lead at Nightingale, and Alexandra Chechetkina, senior architect at Strelka KB and developer of the Standards of Complex Territory Development, will discuss what we can expect from housing of the future. How exactly can architects change the rules of the game set out by developers? Can housing be simultaneously high-quality and affordable? What unites a sensational project for a new block in Melbourne, the most liveable city according to The Economist, and the principles for developing urban space created at Strelka KB?

Blitz Reports
Moderator: Maria Elkina, architecture critic

'From Terrain Map to City Histogram: How Architects Should Expand the Traditional Way of Analyzing'
Speaker: Geoff Boeing, urban planner, researcher, and informatics professor at Northeastern University (Boston, USA)

According to Boeing, the architect of the future should think not in terms of buildings, but in terms of a complex urban system where different layers represented by houses, blocks, districts, and the citizens themselves interact to create a single whole. In his lecture, he will talk about how new data science methods help us understand and rethink the city’s spatial structure and movement patterns of its residents; visualize concepts like sustainability, mobility, and accessibility; and how open-source software will change the future of urbanism.

'Architecture of Collaboration: Why Teamwork is More Important than Individual Efforts'
Speaker: Je Ahn, founding director of Studio Weave

Je Ahn will talk about why teamwork is more important today than individual efforts, and how creative teams will evolve over the next two decades. Using Studio Weave’s previous projects as examples, he will explain why the best solutions are born in cooperation of numerous collaborators and how to use an emotional approach and intuition while creating architectural projects.

'Architecture as Revolution: on inequality and radical urbanism'
Speaker: Alfredo Brillembourg, founder of Urban-Think Tank studio

According to Alfredo Brillembourg, today's architecture is structured around aesthetics, media impact, and profit maximizing, and has lost the revolutionary spirit that was part and parcel of architectural thought during the first half of the 20th century. In his report, Alfredo will tell about how he was influenced by the ideas of Le Corbusier and the Russian avant-garde, what he learned from squatters in an abandoned skyscraper in the center of Caracas, and how architecture can solve the problems of poverty and inequality.

'What Dinner Can An Architect Cook?'
(What Can an Architect Cook for Dinner?)
Speaker: Charles Kaisin, an architect and designer, creator of the Surrealist Dinner concept

Charles Kaisin’s portfolio features works of varying scale and geography, from collaborations with Le Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Museum of Contemporary Art Grand-Hornu (Belgium) to the design for a hotel in Morocco. His latest and most successful project is Surrealist Dinners: theatrical banquets with elements of immersive art and happenings. Kaisin has devised and organized such dinners for many famous brands and institutions, including the the Pompidou Center in Paris and Rolls-Royce.

In his lecture, he will talk about how architecture can become the basis for interdisciplinary projects, and how to use the wealth of knowledge in architecture in a creative way and awaken one’s imagination.

Film Screening
'A Projection of the Architectural Future'

A collection of short films created by architects, urban planners, and filmmakers. The first part will be comprised of films made by students of the Fiction and Entertainment Masters Program lab at the Sci Arc school, while another will showcase experimental works by famous directors.

Architects always link the future with the development of new technologies, from machines and self-driving cars to artificial intelligence that can develop a new look for cities. Cinema is a simple, convenient medium that enables architects to express their unique vision of the future city.

Each work from the collection represents an alternate view of urban spaces and the architectural structures of the new generation.

The event will take place as part of the "Architect of the Future" conference, in strategic partnership with DOM.RF, with the support of the Ministry of Construction Industry, Housing and Utilities Sector of Russia. The conferences is a part of the free educational program,

'Architect of the Future' is a program of lectures, discussions, and workshops, featuring representatives from leading architecture bureaus, design studios, institutes, and development companies from the United Kingdom, the United States, the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, and Russia. You can find out more about the program here.