'Who Do We Graduate?'
- Benjamin Bratton, The New Normal Programme Director at Strelka Institute
- Christopher Pierce, a designer, curator, director of the AA Visiting School (London)
- The moderator is Alexander Ostrogorsky, architecture critic, instructor at MARSh
What should a graduate of an architectural school know, and what skills should they have? What are the current and future challenges that the system of architectural education is facing? Are recent graduates ready to plunge into the world of cutting-edge technology and artificial intelligence? Representatives of leading architectural schools in Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States will present their educational projects and talk about their designs, important innovations and promising disciplines. They will try to formulate the skills and ways of thinking that a modern specialist in architecture should possess. After the conversation, all participants will answer questions from the audience.
'Why every architect needs to know about Cedric Price'
Speaker: Samantha Hardingham, architecture critic, instructor at AA School, editor, curator
'Nobody changed architecture so much and with such simple tools as Cedric Price,' said Rem Koolhaas. The British architect Cedric Price (1934–2003) was a visionary and theoretician who devoted much thought to what the architecture of the future should be. The majority of his creations — like the transformable Fun Palace (1960), whose concept was later reflected in the design of the Centre Pompidou — were ahead of their time and as a result, were not realized, although Price's legacy remains the object of study and inspiration.
Samantha Hardingham, the author of an award-winning biography of Cedric Price, will tell about the architect's revolutionary ideas using his projects as examples: the Fun Palace, the Aviary at the London Zoo (1964, one of Price's few completed structures), the Think-Belt at Potteries (1964) and the Generator Project (1974), designed to be the world's first "smart building."
The Builder of the FutureSpeaker: Denis Leontiev, co-founder and CEO of Strelka KB
Denis Leontiev will tell about the present and future of the architect's profession: about new challenges, skills, and tools necessary to set changes in the urban landscape into motion, and the principles on which Strelka KB's work is founded. Over 5 years, Denis created the leading urban consulting company in Russian from square one. KB combines more than 300 specialists (with an average employee age of 27) who develop strategies, programs and development projects for cities around the country, from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok, and actively seeks out foreign experts as collaborators.
The phenomenon that is Strelka KB has been covered by The Economist, The Architectural Review, and Monocle. Moscow's Zaryadye park, designed by Diller Scofidio+Renfro based on the specifications set forth by Strelka KB, is the only Russian landmark that made it into Time Magazine's annual 100 Greatest Places list. Architect Charles Renfro remarked that Strelka KB's brief was the best on which he had ever had the privilege to work. According to the jury for the Landezine International Landscape Award, which awarded Strelka KB a special mention in the Office Profile category in 2018, "Strelka KB is not limited by a narrow profile: it is a collective made up of hundreds of young professionals, eager to change their cities and their country. Together, they were able to achieve transformative results unprecedented in their profession."
Standardized and individualized: Maria Elkina interviews Alessandro Bosshard, winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture
Speakers: Maria Elkina, architecture critic and curator and Alessandro Bosshard, winner of a Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture
Alessandro Bosshard is the co-curator of the Swiss pavilion at the 2018 Biennale of Architecture. Along with his researcher colleagues from ETH Zurich, he presented a project called Svizzera 240, which received the Golden Lion. The idea of the project was to research the possibilities of architecture through everyday experience: an examination of an empty standard flat with white walls. Visitors were offered to take a journey around a maze of familiar-looking rooms with their proportions distorted, in order to take a fresh look at such a basic architectural element as a cell for living.
Alessandro Bosshard will tell about why the architect of the future will dedicated much more time to questions about standardized housing than to the search for new forms and how he sees the process of perfecting standardized solutions.
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, architects.ru.
'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.