Saturday 02.12.17, 13:00
Urban paradoxes: How to love your city through urban flaws (Lectures)

Stalls from the 90's, samostroy, and housing in garages: learn how to find pearls in ridiculous urban flaws from the Polish architect Kuba Snopek 








BSTU named after V.G.Shukhov, 46 Kostyukov street, Belgorod



It may often seems as if a beautiful city is a correct city, where the streets are always even and the walls are painted. But, in fact, temporary solutions that seem to be a mess at first glance can be useful for the development of the city. That is how city paradoxes are born: when something unexpected happens in an unsuitable place and starts to take on its own value, whether it's a garage with a repair shop, a residential extension on an old building, or a philharmonic concert in a botanical garden.

At his lecture, the architect-researcher Kuba Snapek will explain how to see the potential in everyday life and why one should look for urban paradoxes. He will explain how these flaws help residents accept the place where they live.

In his research, Kuba Snopek looks for beauty in everyday life. He studied Soviet standard architecture and post-communist cities and wrote a book about why the Moscow microdistrict Belyaevo should be included in the UNESCO world heritage list. The book was published in Russian, Polish, and English. Snopek worked with a team of researchers on the ‘Architecture of the VII day’ project, as part of which he searched for the modernist churches of Poland that were built with parishioners’ money. He has worked on architectural and research projects in Poland, Russia, Denmark, and Ukraine, and has collaborated with Rem Koolhaas, Bjarke Ingels, and Justin McGuirk. A graduate of the first year of Strelka Institute (2011), he was later a tutor and curator at the Institute's graduate programme (2011-2015).

Accreditation —

Strelka Week is held with the support of the Belgorod Region Government and the Department of Construction and Transport of the Belgorod Region.