FARSHID MOUSSAVI interview

26.04.2013, 15:23
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Farshid Moussavi is the Founder of Farshid Moussavi Architecture. Recently she visited Moscow to participate in the conference «Architects playing: new ideas, shapes and materials» curated by Strelka Institute as a part of «KNAUF Days» Forum. In 2010-2011 Farshid was Director of «Design» Studio at Strelka Educational Program, and in June 2011 she delivered a public lecture on the state of design, which has been remembered by many ever since.

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.

GERT URHAHN: FROM EXTENSION TO TRANSFORMATION, FROM PLAN TO PROCESS

22.01.2013, 15:09
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Gert Urhahn is designer of the urban environment, former head of Urhahn Urban Design, author of “Spontaneous City” (2010). Recently he participated in “The New Life of Microrayons” session of Moscow Urban Forum.

DAVID MUNN: OPENNESS ASSISTS IN DELIVERING A MORE EFFICIENT GOVERNMENT

18.01.2013, 12:38
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David Munn is Head of information and communication technology for the Greater London Authority and a proponent of using open source technology and opening up data to citizens. Recently he participated in the “Open Data and the General Agenda” session of Moscow Urban Forum.

DAVID BARRIE: GOVERNMENT IS USED TO SUPREME CONTROL AT THE LOCAL LEVEL

15.01.2013, 15:36
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David Barrie is a British urban designer, CEO of David Barrie & Associates which focuses on urban regeneration projects. Recently he participated in “New Life of Microrayons” session of Moscow Urban Forum. Below he speaks about community building in terms of market economy and shows ways to provoke people to act independently of central government for their own good.

JAN GEHL: LIVABILITY, ATTRACTIVENESS AND SUSTAINABILITY

10.01.2013, 15:23
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Jan Gehl, founder of GEHL ARCHITECTS, participant of Moscow Urban Forum plenary session “Moscow: Looking into the Future”, talks about common challenges for global cities and major factors of their international success.

“IGNORE THE CITY ADMINISTRATION AND JUST DO WHAT IS NECESSARY”

25.12.2012, 12:05
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Alper Çuğun is member of the board of Hack the Government foundation where he helped to shape Open Data policy in the Netherlands. He participated in Moscow Urban Forum as a speaker of Open Data and the General Agenda session. In his interview he talks about the future of city management and how to make a local initiative into a successful project.

— The authorities’ activity in Russia is traditionally closed to the citizens. How can we break this tradition? What are the methods of work with such clumsy structures as city administration?

— The method we used with our city administration — and believe it or not they were probably as clumsy as yours — is to ignore them and just do the things that we felt were necessary. It is easier to ask forgiveness than permission. We started out as a voluntary and very much fringe initiative without clear goals or outcomes but with a clear idea of an ideal future. This approach of ‘whoever comes is the right people’ created a broad network of interested actors who took the core ideals of a better and more open government and ran with them into all kind of directions. From there on we continued tirelessly to talk with whoever would listen and kept pushing and advocating for this change to be implemented in and outside of government. Here and there we reaped some small successes which snowballed into larger successes and finally we managed to organize a couple of all out events (like Apps for Amsterdam) that put this cause on the map for once and for all. So with any civic tradition: start with what works for you and build from there and at some point you will have created a new reality where it will be in the best interest of any administration to get on board of.

SIMON ANHOLT: CITY REPUTATION DOESN’T COME BY CREATIVE IDEAS OR COMMUNICATIONS

19.12.2012, 11:55
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Simon Anholt is an independent policy advisor from UK, author of the best-selling book “Brand America”, speaker of the Moscow Urban Forum opening plenary session “The Individual’s Place in the City and Global Economy”. “Strelka” asked him about national branding and the image of Moscow him prior to his arrival in Moscow. Below is the full version of the interview, which was posted in short to the Forum’s social networks.

PIERRE LACONTE: MORE ROADS GENERATE MORE CONGESTION

13.12.2012, 11:57
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Pierre Laconte, President of Foundation for the Urban Environment, Past-president of ISOCARP and Honorary Secretary General of International Association of Public Transport (Belgium) was invited to speak at Moscow Urban Forum. An interview with him was taken by Strelka prior to his arrival in Moscow and posted to Forum’s social networks. In the full version of the interview he speaks about Moscow Metro development plan and compares Moscow transport strategy to international examples of Beijing, Zurich, Paris and Shanghai.