What Next for the conquered NORTH?

english with russian translation

The north has been tamed — but what now? What are the options facing Russia’s northern cities. Is a “colonialist” approach to the north still appropriate today? What can Russia and Canada learn from one another? And what role do architects and urban planners play in the region?

These are the questions will be adressed at the first meeting of a series “Assimilating the North“.

An open discussion at Strelka will seek to answer these and many more questions. Confirmed guests include:

Pavel Spirin — Geographer and deputy director for science at NIIPGradostroitelstva. Pavel has contributed to numerous projects, including territorial development planning in the Yamalo-Nenets and Khanty-Mansiysk autonomous regions and general development plans for cities such as Murmansk, Cherepovets, Vilyuchinsk, Norilsk and the Nadym district of the Yamalo-Nenets region.

Lola Sheppard — Canadian Architect, co-founder of the Toronto-based Lateral Office architecture bureau and the InfraNet Lab research collective, and professor of architecture at the University of Waterloo. For the past three years Lateral Office has been studying northern cities and produced several projects aimed at making life easier in the region, including a series of specially constructed shelters to address the challenges of food security and wildlife management, and research communities inside the Arctic circle.

Alexander Pilyanov — Geographer and director of the Centre for Northern and Arctic Economy. Alexander has authored several papers including “The Last Shall be the First. Toward Economic Knowledge in the Northern Peripheries.” Alexander has helped develop dozens of strategies and programs for northern regions and municipalities.

Sergei Sitar — architect, critic, and editor of the theoretical division of “Project International” magazine. The executive teacher of the Humanitarian Sciences module at the MARSH architecture school, Sergei also lectures, teaches and has been involved in developing strategic projects for regional cities including Norilsk, Sochi and the towns of the Yamalo-Nenets Autotomous Region.