Midterm Review

03.04.2012, 16:07
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Last week has been exciting. After almost 3 months of intense work on research topics, trying to gather as much information as possible and form a hypothesis, the students finally presented their intermediate findings at the Midterm Review.

1. How can we make use of the Hinterland of Russia?  The students of the theme focused on the following topics:

— Tihana Vucic: The Warming of Russia

— Maria Kosareva: Nature (in the Russian Hinterland)

— Ekaterina Pavlenko: The State of Space and Food

— Anton Kalgaev: (Folk) Arts and Crafts and Regional Development

— Elena Arkhipova: Cooperation: A Potential for Russia

— Ruben Victor: Russian Rural Utopia

— Gustavo Cabanez: BRIC X

— Penghan Wu: Russia/China

2. In the increasing digitalization of our daily experiences, the way we interact with the world through our laptops, smartphones and tablets plays a SENSEable role now. Proposals on how to make Moscow a safer and friendlier city were uncovered in these topics:

— Anna Siprikova: In Motion: Portals of Discovery

— Tatiana Mamaeva: Open Courtyards: Safety and Mobility for Tourists and Locals

— Irina Rudnichenko: Personification of the City Space

— Elena Bykova: Transit Moscow

— Ekaterina Izmestieva: (In)visible Moscow

— Natalia Kopeikina: Public Space Through The Lens of Events

— Philipp Kats: Spatial Interaction

— Carlos Medellin: Para-City

3. Nowadays there is a heated discussion about Moscow becoming a Megacity and the issues surrounding it like:

— Lam Le Nguyen: The Shadow City: Moscow’s Informal Economy

— Valeriya Chubara: Media and the Megacity

— Roman Kuchukov: Moscow — Megacity

— Ricardo Pinho: Recycling Moscow

— Dace Gurecka: Bureaucracy

— Aleksandra Smagina: Is Church a Powerful Actor in the Public Sector? What Is the Potential Role of Church in Everyday Life?

— Filippo Bazzoni: Unclaimed Land and the Third Sector of Moscow 

— Adeola Enigbokan: Megaloпомочи: A Model for Responding and Reacting to a Megalomaniacal City

4. In the changing urban environment culture takes on different forms. Creative industries seek new ways of expressing themselves and generating profit. But who are these ambassadors of art and creative development in the context of Urban Culture? 

— Marina Laba: reRebranding

— Silvia Franceschini: Moscow and the Production of the Contemporary

— Tatyana Polyakova: Transformation of Postindustrial Zones into Social-Cultural Spaces

— Elena Dendiberya: A Portrait of Young Artists’ Generation in Moscow

— Elena Zaytseva: Informal Urban Art

— Maria Semenenko: How the Soviet Heritage Influences the Search for the Russian National Identity

— Marina Antsiperova, Mikhail Kozlov: Myths in Urban Culture 

— Ekaterina Varionchik: Metro: Heritage Site and Tool of Contemporary Transportation 


5. Finally, what product can be introduced if we think about the Citizens as Customers of the microrayon?

— Nataliya Chamaeva: Postwar Political and Economic Situation as a Case for Change

— Blazej Czuba: Khruschev’s Speech as a Manifesto. International background. From Khruschev’s manifesto to the studio manifesto

— Alexander Novikov: Yakov Belopolsky: Soviet Architect in Times of Prefab

— Ruslan Sabirov: Prefabrication Periods in the USSR

— Matiss Groskaufmanis: Factories DSK-1&DSK-2

— Daliya Safiullina: Building Regulations for Mass-Produced Housing

— AnastassiaSheveleva: Microrayon: Forgotten Concepts

— Olga Sarapulova: The Story of the Yard

For now, these are just complicated and hardly readable titles. In the next few days, we shall provide more information on each student’s research project. Please see the updates of the blog.