OK-RM in conversation

18.02.2013, 10:21
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I caught up with Rory McGrath, from graphic design practise OK-RM, to talk to him about work for the Strelka Institute and Strelka Press, which has been nominated for the 2013 Design Museum Design of the Year award.

MARK MEEROVICH: I SEE FRAGMENTS OF THE PAST IN THE PRESENT

06.02.2013, 13:37
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In the last year alone, several major projects in Moscow have attracted illustrious international architects and urban designers. One only needs to recall the Moscow Agglomeration Competition, which saw the participation of Ricardo Bofill, Antoine Grumbach, Bernardo Secchi, Paola Vigano, representatives of Urban Design Associates (USA), the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (Netherlands) and many others. Six consortia of Russian and international architectural firms were named on the shortlist for the Architectural Design Competition for the Museum and Educational Centre of the Polytechnic Museum and Lomonosov Moscow State University. LDA Design of Great Britain won the tender for the redevelopment ofGorkyPark, overcoming numerous celebrated international companies. Meanwhile, world-famous architects Rem Koolhaas, Kazuyo Sejima and Pierre de Meuron continue to work on the design of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology campus. The aforementioned Rem Koolhaas is also working on the renovation of the Hexagon and Seasons of the Year pavilions for theGarageCenterfor Contemporary Culture.

ALUMNI: CARLOS MEDELLIN, 25, ARCHITECT, BOGOTA

06.02.2013, 09:13
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Last year at Strelka I chose studio SENSEable City, the subject of my thesis was «paracities», I tried to analyse the phenomenon of «parallel cities». The fact is that in Moscow, because of a certain attitude towards foreigners, certain gender and racial discrimination people are determined to create islands for a comfortable existence. That comes from the city’s background of closeness, oppression and conservative morals.