Transforming places. Park revolution in London

19.10.2012, 10:25

During the last decade of the 20th century many of London’s parks were in crisis and were not a political priority — neglected, unwelcoming, underused, and with inadequate provision in places. The new millennium has brought a renaissance to the city’s green spaces which LDA Design has had a major influence upon.


10.10.2012, 14:22

The September issue of Project Russia is devoted to preservation of architectural heritage It contains a companion book by Kuba Snopek titled “Belyayevo Forever: Preservation of Intangible Heritage”.


10.10.2012, 04:45

Justin McGuirk is a journalist and critic and the Director of Strelka Press. He is the 2012 winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, together with Urban-Think Tank, for the Torre David/Gran Horizonte installation. Here he shares his impressions of the Biennale and speaks about the search for a common ground between architects and citizens, the mutation of formal structures under extreme conditions and turning empty skyscrapers into ‘vertical villages’.

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09.10.2012, 14:55

It is raining in Venice, airline tickets are cheap and the streets are not as crowded with tourists as they were one month ago. It is the perfect time to visit the 13th Architecture Biennale, walk through the Arsenale and the pavilions at the Giardini, taking your time to think about the future of architecture and how the world is changing. The Biennale closes  in seven weeks, on November 25th, so there is still time.

We asked Alejandro Aravena, an architect from Chile and the creator of a social housing concept that he presented at the Strelka Institute in 2011, to share his impressions of the Biennale and advise us on what to see.

From the little I saw at the Biennale, I liked the shimmering curtains of the Netherlands pavilion.

Also, I very much liked what Valerio Olgiati proposed by asking architects to present the inspiration behind the forms they produce. Architecturally speaking, the increased mass he was able to create by reducing the height was impressive. A room without walls gave a feeling of intimacy that was appropriate for looking at architects’ sources of inspiration. There was not a single vertical element to interrupt the general sense of the installation. It was welcoming and intimate at the same time, quite brilliant. I went there and learned a lot. It is very rare that we can delve deeper into the passions of the architects that we admire.

Students from Strelka’s third incoming class talk about urbanism and share their hopes and dreams

07.10.2012, 11:45
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Masha Slavnova, 29, Vladimir, architect:

One of the reasons the study of cities and urban environment is fascinating to me is the complexity of relationships it creates. To keep humanity alive is one of my main tasks as an activist and urbanist, and most importantly, a fellow human. The system that we face every day is designed to make the users follow the prescribed paths, follow the rules of the society of spectacle, consume, keep entertained, and keep producing capital. What I ask this year, is where are gaps in the system, where are the places where we can meet? Where are the public places we feel free to create our own rules, to experiment, to discover, to share? In this year I would like to focus on the value of community, use of public spaces, creation of cultural capital and self empowerment. To define it in verbs: i will study the context, test the boundaries and hope to activate spaces with the energy of others.

David Erixon: “New Strelka students are going to be very explosive”

05.10.2012, 08:23
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David Erixon, Programming Director of Strelka Institute, talks about recent changes in Moscow, the human factor and new challenges for students


Anastassia Smirnova: “We teach people not to be afraid of things that seem beyond them“

05.10.2012, 07:41
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Anastassia Smirnova, Programme Director, Strelka Institute talks about relationship with students, finding the right balance between reality and utopia and elements of absurd in the actual Russia


The new type of examination that we have trialled this year has helped us select the type of student that best understands the essence of Strelka.

It is not just about exams, but the effort that we devote to explaining what makes Strelka so special, as well as its goals and objectives in more detail. We ourselves now better understand what Strelka truly means. There is now a better dialogue between the school and its students and this is more interesting for us all.

“Nothing is beyond us. There are no limits to what we can do”. Anna Krasinskaya on the new educational year at Strelka

05.10.2012, 07:34
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Anna Krasinskaya, Director of Education and Publishing at the Strelka Institute, talks about the evolution of the educational program, the new agenda for Moscow citizens, and Strelka as a social network.



02.10.2012, 09:55
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This summer, Strelka took an important, bold step — it left its immediate surroundings and started working on residential regions outside the city center. With the help of a series of workshops, we made targeted changes to eight Moscow regions. For example, we turned the Voikovsky region into a playground, build a hotel in Mitino, launched a website for activists in Troparevo-Nikulino, and shot several films about Pechatniki. Most importantly, our experiment confirmed that it is possible and essential to forge partnerships between experts, residents and local officials.