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 second day of the retrospective is devoted to the Stalin period in the history of Moscow when the city became an area for radical experiments. Metro, wide avenues, monumental architecture – it was intended to turn Moscow into an exemplary capital of a socialist state.
19:30 – 20:00 – Discussion ‘Architecture and Power’ on whether there was a totalitarian architecture which is discussed so often, and what impact this concept had had on many generations of muscovites.
Speakers: Professor at HSE University Sergey Medvedev and Director of the Museum of Architecture Elizaveta Likhacheva.
20:00 – 21:00 – Screening ‘There is a metro’ (1935) by Lydia Stepanova about the construction of the first stage of the Moscow Metro with comments by architectural critic Alexander Zmeul.
21:30 – 22:30 – Discussion ‘Gesamtkunstwerk Moskau. Why does the city have a big idea?’ on why Moscow so often in its history became a place of power and the centre of any kinds of geopolitical concepts.
Speakers: architectural historian Sergei Kavtaradze, рistorian and culturologist Petr Mazaev and philosopher Vladimir Martynov.
22:30 – 23:50 – Screening ‘New Moscow’ (1938) by Alexander Medvedkin. There was the ‘living’ model of Moscow, which was supposed to represent the Stalin’s buildings, but broke down and moved in the opposite direction. And instead of new palaces demolished temples like Christ the Savior were appearing. In the 30th the film was banned.
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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