Take Away: Results of the Education Programme 2012/13, Agents of Change

26.07.2013, 11:43
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How can a city be debriefed? What is behind the history of predictions? What is the future of education? What could ‘another place’ be like, and what could new patterns of (co)habitation look like? The teams working in the four research studios of the Education Program 2012/13 were trying to find answers to these, and many other associated questions.

For the student exhibition, each studio designed a series of postcards and booklets that summarised their research and findings through quotes, surprising facts and illustrations. Alongside this, four research reports that described the student’s projects in detail were published.

Another Place. Towards the New Patterns of (Co)habitation.

For six months, the team of the studio was busy researching complicated processes that are pervasive in post-Soviet cities and in randomly urbanized suburban areas surrounding them. Moscow and its environs – a zone of indefiniteness that thrives, due to the lack of strictly defined norms and rules, became a central area of interest. In the research report one will not only find seven new projects reflecting seven new patterns of life, but also seven very unique trajectories that reflect their authors – individuals of different professions, talents, interests, and inclinations.

Education as a Project. Past, Present and Future of Learning.

The studio was designed to be both an exploration of and experiment of its primary subject. It was a “flat” studio, in which the students played multiple roles – at times learners, sometimes teachers, often as partners. The survey of education started with global trends and trajectories, like digital technology, university rankings and student mobility. From there, the focus was narrowed down to architectural education in Russia, and finally, to Strelka Institute itself. This report is less a collection of studies than a collective statement, advocating change, encouraging endurance, and increased understanding.

Foresight in Hindsight. A History of Predictions.

Will Russia disappear? What will be the future of protest and public space? What is the real legacy of Soviet technology and its desire to simultaneously conquer man, earth, and space? Can enhanced knowledge about their ideological mission endow ‘architectural crimes’ with a new lease of life? Through an inquiry into the history of predictions, the studio team made an attempt to combine insights on all facets of Russia’s challenges and find answers to some of its most pressing questions.

(Re)charge Information. How to Debrief the City?

This studio started by collecting and exploring the availability of urban data from an open, innocent perspective to find traces of new, unseen or less apparent ways that Moscow lives and breathes. In doing so, the focus was divided into three complementary layers of data: official data, user-generated data, and other, new data sources. In their projects, students approached the concept of ‘smart city’ critically, designed data-generating tools, analysed their applicability, and tried to understand the role of new data sources in making sense of contemporary Moscow.

You can pick up research reports, booklets and postcards at the Strelka Library/Information Desk