Academic year 2012/13: studio II

25.07.2012, 16:32
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We continue to present research studios for academic year 2012/13, which starts in October.

Education as a project
Past, present, and future of learning

Academic year 2012/13: studio I

24.07.2012, 16:32
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We present the first of the four research studio for academic year 2012/13. The rest of the studios will be published shortly, keep up with the updates!

Foresight in Hindsight.
A History of Predictions.

Interview with Ilya Mukosey on the results of a two-day debate about the future of industrial zones

23.07.2012, 16:31
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We have talked with Ilya Mukosey about industrial zones and their hidden potential.

– Speaking of industrial zones from an architect’s perspective – i.e. as a professional who cares about society as a whole, — what kind of a potential can they possibly have?

Different kinds of potential. First of all, they are really large parcels of land that can be used in a variety of ways. Second, a city can simply open up its industrial zones and let them live alongside other elements of the city. This would be useful for both the industrial zones and the city as a whole, because this would strengthen the cohesiveness of city space – you would no longer need to be a free runner to get into an industrial zone or cross it safely.

Briefly obsessed with a Chinese bar

18.07.2012, 16:30
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Julia Lovell has a nice image at the beginning of her book on power and architecture in China; she describes western journalists’ endless nights waiting in the Foreign Correspondents’ Club bar for the China Central Television towers to meet.

«That November, the city was buzzing with rumours that any day now the towers – two black, diamond-patterned chopsticks tilting unsteadily towards each other through the smog – would be joined. Enhancing the mysticism of the event, the project’s engineers (the high-priests of this architectural cult) had decreed that the connection had to be made at dawn, to ensure the equal temperature of both sides. Obsessed bloggers and amateur photographers stalked the building in both the virtual and real worlds; journalists eked out their nights at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club bar, listening for tip-offs that the dawn to come would be the dawn.»

I wanted to find out more about this FCC bar. It sounds like a good time.

Interview with David Erixon

17.07.2012, 16:30
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– How do you feel about your experience at Strelka?

Last year I had only one week with all the students – an introduction week – and the rest of the time there were just people in my studio so I can only talk about that.

Interview with Anna Krasinskaya

17.07.2012, 16:28
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– What is the applicant selection process going to be like this year?

We are going to try out a different applicant selection format this year, which we believe will not only be more effective and precise for applicant selection, but will also be more appealing to both us and our applicants. It is often the case that someone knows a thing or two about the Strelka Institute going in, let’s say, you like this space, you like the events taking place here, but you have no idea whether it is a good fit for you. Now we want to change this: the selection process itself will become an interesting event for applicants, a great opportunity really to get to know the Strelka team and learn about our approach to education.

Press review

14.07.2012, 16:28
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We launched in Moscow one month ago and in London two weeks later, and since then several publications have run pieces about Strelka Press. Here’s a quick round up.

Alexandra Lange published an in-depth interview in Design Observer and admits that part of the appeal of publishing with us was proving she could write more than 1,200 words. Dezeen posted a video interview of Justin and there were interviews on Russia Today and Monocle radio, too, but they don’t seem to be online.

It’s Nice That, Wallpaper, Dan Hill, Sam Jacob, Owen Hatherley (in what may have been his last blog post, stay tuned), Wanderlust, and Creative Inspiration reported the launch. And Creative Review included it in their piece on OK-RMs rebanding of Strelka Institute.

Anastassia Smirnova: «We try to stretch your mind»

10.07.2012, 16:25
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Strelka programming director Anastassia Smirnova talks about how the Institute’s education program is structured, what makes it innovative, and Strelka’s teaching philosophy.

– Please tell us about Strelka’s education program