Yury Grigoryan on Strelka students’ final projects 2011/12

28.06.2012, 16:24
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Q: What are your thoughts and impressions of the past year?

Yury Grigoryan: This may sound strange, but the most important thing about our second year is that we’ve had it. One could say this is the beginning of our history, we’re getting a certain continuity: we had our Year One, and now we’ve had Year Two. You cannot make a powerful statement, let alone make an impact in just one year. In our first year, we were making it up as we went along, we were running much greater risks, it was more of an experiment, if you will.  I believe we have been able to consolidate some things [in the second year], and we have been able to retain some of the best things we had going in our first year. And yet, we were still taking risks in Year Two, we have been able to avoid making a conservative retread of the first year.

Translating Urbanism into Russian

22.06.2012, 16:23
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Some hasty notes from a conversation between Sergei Sitar, Kirill Asse, Anastassia Smirnova, and Kuba Snopek at the Moscow International Open Book Fair, inside Alexander Brodsky’s pavilion for Strelka. The topic was the challenge of translating ideas and terms conceived in an English-speaking context into Russian.

Sergei: The cultural context is very important. You have to transplant a text into a new culture and fertilize it. And though architectural discourse in Russia is almost in its childhood, it isn’t fair to consider the situation a one-way importation of Western ideas. We don’t know our history very well, like there’s a tendency to historical amnesia. For example, you can often find “new” terms in historical Russian sources.

Anastassia: But there are many important books that are known internationally only in their English version, regardless of the quality of the translation.

Keller Eastering, Sam Jacob, and Justin McGuirk

19.06.2012, 16:23
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Two authors of Strelka Press’s inaugural crop of titles, Sam Jacob and Keller Easterling, spoke with director Justin McGuirk in Moscow about ebooks and what it’s like writing for new formats. The following are a few highlights from the conversation.


It began with a discussion of how Keller saw the Strelka project as an opportunity that she doesn’t get with her academic writing. Her essay (The Action Is the Form. Victor Hugo’s TED Talk) parodies TED talks and New Yorker articles and the devices they use to hook an audience – and there’s a tension between her wanting to lampoon those and wanting to emulate them.

Strelka’s First Books

14.06.2012, 16:22
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Strelka Press launched this week inside Alexander Brodsky’s pavilion at the Moscow International Open Book Fair with a talk by publishing director Justin McGuirk. Next, it launches in London.


Strelka Institute at Open Book Festival. Conversations about Moscow

12.06.2012, 16:22
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What lies at the core of a city that is rich and comfortable for its residents and visitors is not only a variety of functions, but also a variety of meanings, and a low level of this kind of variety presents an insurmountable obstacle for urban development. How do we view the city? As pedestrians or as drivers? As Muscovites or visitors? To what extent is our perception of Moscow predetermined by our professions, education, interests and the habitual travel routes we follow? On the fourth fay (June 12) of Strelka Institute’s programme at the Open Moscow Book Festival, we’ll have a series of “kitchen table” conversations about Moscow – we’ll try to get a handle on how Muscovites, Petersburgers, designers and poets perceive it.

12 pm. Conversations about Moscow: Muscovites. Discussion with Evgeny Pischikov, Alena Solntseva, Aleksei Levinson and Alexander Mozhaev.

Strelka Insitute at Open Book Festival. The Village, Forbes.ru and Other Guests

11.06.2012, 16:20
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Moscow has very little desire to resemble a European city, and to be honest, that would be impossible to achieve, anyway: Moscow has been and will be constructed differently, and its future is linked to our ability to comprehend and use its unique possibilities, rather than impose some foreign scheme on it, especially since European cities have long since ceased to resemble their stereotypical image. Moscow will change no matter what action we take, but it’s precisely upon our efforts that these changes will depend. Strelka’s third day at the Open Moscow Book Festival will include four discussions on the problems of development in Moscow. These discussions are organized by our friends Afisha, The Village, Forbes.Ru, and Bolshoi Gorod.

12 pm. Navigation in the City. Discussion with Boris Pasternak (Center for Historical-City Construction Research,) Aleksei Dedushkin (Oldmos.Ru,) Aleksei Munipov (Bolshoi Gorod) and Nikolai Pereslegin (Department of Moscow Cultural Heritage.)

Future of Education: Strelka Institute’s Second Day at Open Book Festival

10.06.2012, 16:19
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Yesterday, June 9, Moscow’s Open Book Festival started in the Central House of Artists. Strelka Institute presents Strelka Press and its first e-books at the festival. Today’s programme is devoted to the future of education.

Education has become one of the most fascinating areas of human activity. This has nothing to do with its obviously ever-growing value, but rather with the whole range of revolutionary changes it is experiencing today and may experience tomorrow. New technologies that have led to a true explosion in distance learning are forcing us to consider the effectiveness of traditional forms of education that we used to take for granted – the system built on faculty giving formal lectures and students taking notes. If it is possible to listen to a lecture on a plane or a beach, then we need universities and schools to provide something else – perhaps to teach communication skills or teamwork, or for independent research and work on projects.  Or for something else, perhaps. The future of education will be the topic of Strelka’s second day at the Open Book Festival.

Strelka at Open Book Festival. Day One.

09.06.2012, 16:19
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Architecture as Enactment, The Action is The Form. Victor Hugo’s TED Talk, The Dot-com city. Silicon Valley urbanism – Strelka Press publishing house will be talking about these and other books at the Open Book festival that started today in The Central House of Artist and will run till Tuesday, June 12th.

Strelka Institute is about new educational technologies. Strelka Press, arising at the intersection of innovation in the form and content, is one of these. It exists within three complementary contexts: the rapidly arriving future of education, the future of the book and the future of the city.  These contexts form the key themes of Strelka Institute’s programme at the book festival.

R.I.P. Vyacheslav Glazychev

06.06.2012, 16:18

Vyacheslav Glazychev, architect, urbanist, professor of Moscow Architectural Institute, president of the National Academy of Design, has died today. A good friend of Strelka institute, Vyacheslav Leonidovich was a regular lecturer and consultant to the institute’s students.

It is a big loss for all of us.