Strelka Talks is a new project launched by Strelka education team. Over the academic year prominent speakers from various fields are invited to make a 30 minute video talk on critically important topics concerning contemporary cities and urban development, then students get a chance to meet the speaker for a longer and more profound real time conversation at Strelka.


Wouter Vanstiphout is a historian of architecture and a co-founder of the Crimson Architectural Historians collective based in Rotterdam. His recent research deals with protests and the way they are shaped by architecture and urban environment. “Damn the Masters’Plan!”is a talk on the street protest movements from Detroit in the 1960s to Paris in 2005 to London in 2011.

  • Crimson with Michael Speaks and Gerard Hadders, Mark Stam’s Trousers, Stories from behind the Scenes of Dutch Moral Modernism, 1999
  • Mustafa Dikec, Badlands of the Republic: Space, Politics and Urban Policy, 2007.
  • Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, 1961
  • Henri Lefevbre, Urban Revolution, 2003
  • Crimson Architectural Historians, Too Blessed to Be Depressed, 1994-2002
  • Charles Waldheim, Lafayette Park, Detroit (CASE), 2004


Michelle Provoost is an architectural historian, who co-founded the office of Crimson Architectural Historians. Since 2008, Dr. Provoost has served as Director of the International New Town Institute (INTI) in Almere, the Netherland. Shespecializes in historic preservation, urban planning history and theory, postwar architecture and contemporary urban development. The talk is on the evolution of the utopian planning models in the Post-War era.

  • Bullock, Nicholas. 2002. Building the Post-War World: Modern Architecture and Reconstruction in Britain. 
  • Harvey, David. 2007. A Brief History of Neoliberalism. 
  • Howard, Ebenezer. 1898. Garden Cities of Tomorrow. 
  • Keeton, Rachel (Foreword by Michelle Provoost and Wouter Vanstiphout). 2011. Rising in the East. 
  • Volume 34 Special Issue: City in a Box 
  • Stephen V. Ward. 2011. The Garden City: Past, present and future.


Reinier de Graafis an architect and partner of architecture and design office OMA. In 2002 he became director of AMO, the think tank of OMA. In the video he talks about the ‘community’and its proper definition; about its emergence in the past and its formation nowadays; whether‘the community”can influence the design of its own space and what are the future relationships between the community and architecture.

  • 2006. Team X, 1953-1981. In Search of a Utopia of the Present. 
  • Mumford, Eric. Frampton, Kenneth. 2002. The CIAM Discourse on Urbanism, 1928–1960. 
  • Saunder, Doug. 2011. Arrival City. How the Largest Migration in History Is Reshaping Our World. 
  • 2008. An Architektur 19–21: Community Design. Involvement and Architecture in the US since 1963. 
  • Ungers, L. and O. M. 1995. Kommunen in der Neuen Welt: 1740–1972. 
  • MONU #18 Communal Urbanism. 2013. 
  • Bodenschatz, Schönig. 2004. Smart Growth. New Urbanism. Liveable Communities.


Winy Maas is a Dutch architect, urbanist, and a co-founder of the MVRDV studio. He is actively teaching in different educational institutions around the world, such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Yale University. In the lecture Winy Maas explains his understanding of the complex relationship between grand design ideas and the seemingly familiar, yet not fully explored world of the quotidian.

  • Maas, Winy et al., in association with T?F, MVRDV, Berlage Institute. The Vertical Village: Individual, Informal, Intense. Rotterdam: NAI publishers, 2012 
  • Maas, Winny, in association with MVRDV and Berlage Institute. KM3: Excursion on Capacities. Barcelona: Actar, 2005 
  • MVRDV. Agendas on Urbanism. Equal Books, 2012


Just as the Dutch design company Droog publishes its next break-through book "Here, There, Everywhere" (Amsterdam, 2014), company founder and director Renny Ramakers speaks about the changing role of a designer in the contemporary world. Ramakers advocates a shift of focus – from the design object to the process of design, – claiming that the professionals of the next generation will have to deal with a whole new set of responsibilities and need to acquire new lenses to make sense of them. Within the framework of the "Urban Routines" theme, Ramakers explains how design could help format the everyday and how designers could learn from the banal and the ordinary.

Renny Ramakers is a co-founder and creative director of the Amsterdam-based design company Droog, she initiates projects, curates exhibitions, and lectures worldwide. Ramakers is a judging panelist on various boards and has featured on governmental advisory commissions, including, amongst others, the Dutch Council of Culture (1995–2001). She is chairman of the board of THNK, the Amsterdam School for Creative Leadership. In 2012, Renny Ramakers was named one of Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Shake the World.”

  • 1. Ramakers, R. (Ed.) Here, There, Everywhere. Amsterdam: Droog Publishers, 2014.
  • 2. Van Abel, B., Klassen, R., Evers, L. & Troxler, P. (Eds.) Open Design Now: Why Design Cannot Remain Exclusive. Amsterdam: BIS publishers, 2011.
  • 3. Ramakers, R. Less+More: Droog Design in Context. Rotterdam: 010 Publishers, 2002.
  • 4. Ramakers, R. & Bakker, G. Droog Design: Spirit of the Nineties. Rotterdam: 010 Publishers, 1998.