Monday 09.09.19, 17:00
Day 1. From Global Agenda to Concrete Action (Conferences)

Why design virtual floods? Why is a master plan a means of communication? How does the labor market adapt to young architects?  

(C) Studio Roosegaarde










Russian / english with simultaneous translation into Russian

The Future Architect Conference presents a series of lectures, discussions, and workshops on the trends and challenges facing young architects today.

17:00–18:00. Landscapes of the Future: Combining Technology, Art and Physical Space

In his attempt to draw people's attention to the environmental crisis, Daan Roosegaarde, speculative architect and artist, creates projects at the intersection of art and technology. Virtual floods warn of a possible water level rise, while space waste labs are trying to rid the universe of 29,000 objects of galactic debris. Meanwhile, a smog free tower filters the air, making it cleaner.

In his lecture, Daan will share his views on future architecture and using design for addressing social problems, as well as “schoonheid” and its role in his work.

Daan Roosegaarde is a Dutch artist, speculative architect, and founder of Studio Roosegaarde. Creating prototypes for future cities, he explores relations between people, technology, and space. Daan has received numerous prestigious awards including the London Design Innovation Medal and China's Most Successful Design Award. His projects have been exhibited in the Rijksmuseum, Tate Modern, Tokyo National Museum, and other spaces.

The lecture is supported by Dutch Science Talks together with the Embassy of the Netherlands in Moscow.

18:00–19:00. Welcome to Reality: How Current Restrictions Make Architects Apt for the Future

Unexpected financial crises, unpredictable climate changes, and the critical environmental situation are only some of the obstacles that architects face today. However, working in this context may well prepare them for the challenges that the future holds.

Is one legal amendment enough to revive retail in post-crisis Athens? Is it possible to build a public space that will function at both -40°C and +50°C? What should motivate architects best: the joy of creation or the size of the budget? How does raw earth used as a building material improve indoor microclimate, and how does ice keep buildings warm?


Matteo Brioni is an architect who makes building materials from natural resources including raw earth.

Aristide Antonas is an architect who reinterprets state urban development laws to resolve economic problems.

Stefano Pujatti is an architect and founder of Elasticospa, a firm that develops climate resilient buildings using innovative technologies.

Irina Alekseeva is the chief architect of Yakutsk. She designs and creates urban facilities in extreme climatic conditions.

Moderator: Guido Musante, architect and curator of Domus.

19:20–20:00. Urban renewal: realising visions of the future

Urban renewal is the process of intentionally intervening in the life of a city, redefining the direction of a place, its economy, its community, and its culture. The primary output of urban renewal is often the master plan, but for a plan to become reality it must be built on a strong vision that is incepted into the imagination of the city.

How do future urban narratives emerge? What comes first to demonstrate a vision: transport, new jobs, housing, or public spaces? How can you maintain flexibility and potential for change while providing confidence in a strategy?

Australian (Melbourne) urban planner and economist Bryn Davies and Elena Mandryko, project director at Strelka KB, will discuss how the a vision and the master plan that follow can shape the future city and provide the framework to prioritize wisely and allocate resources effectively.

Bryn Davies is an Australian urban planner and economist. He specialises on urban renewal and economic change, working for the Victorian Government on major innovation and jobs precincts across Melbourne, Australia. This includes leading the planning for the Employment Precinct of Australia's largest urban renewal project, Fishermans Bend. He formerly served as an advisor to the Victorian Minister for Planning providing advice on strategic urban planning, regional economic development, major transport infrastructure, social housing development, environmental protection and planning system reform.

Elena Mandryko is the project director of Strelka KB. She is engaged in spatial development projects for real estate and environmental impact audits of regional development projects. At Strelka KB, Elena supervises the development of space regulations and design codes of Kaliningrad, as well as the master plan of Oktyabrsky Island.

20:30–21:30. How to Break the Fear of Working with Young Architects? Answered by Winy Maas and Denis Leontyev

The world of architecture is quite conservative when it comes to young professionals. If you have fairly little experience, you will have a hard time finding a decent job. Graduates have to spend several years doing secondary duties in architecture firms. Winy Maas (Netherlands) and Denis Leontyev (Russia) don't share these prejudices. They believe quite the opposite: that the success of their businesses lies in working with young professionals.

Winy and Denis will take to the stage to answer the same old questions: How do you unleash the potential of an architectural university graduate? Why do offices around the world actually employ younger and younger professionals? Finally, they will discuss how their projects – The Why Factory research program and Strelka KB – change the labor market.


Winy Maas is a Dutch architect and co-founder of MVRDV Studio. MVRDV's first projects Villa VPRO and a housing facility for elderly residents laid the foundation for his international recognition. In 2008, Maas launched The Why Factory research program at Delft University of Technology, where students visualize cities of the future. He was also a visiting professor at Strelka Institute, Yale University, and the University of Hong Kong. Maas was involved in the development of the Master Plan for the Greater Paris Region.

Denis Leontiev is a Russian architect, co-founder and CEO of Strelka KB, and a graduate of Strelka Institute. In as little as five years, Denis created from scratch a leading urban consulting company in Russia. Bringing together young professionals (the average age of employees is 27), Strelka KB builds strategies, programs, and development projects for Russian cities. The Economist, Archinext, and Monocle have described Strelka KB as a true phenomenon.

The event is part of the Future Architect Conference organized in strategic partnership with DOM.RF and with the support of the Ministry of Construction.