>student: Olga Sarapulova, 28, Ufa, architect

22.12.2011, 15:29
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After graduating a worked for a while as an architect, but soon enough I realized the existence of a huge gap between the way architecture is taught at school and the way it is practiced. Maybe it was some basic «survival instinct». So I left architecture for 5 years and went into business.

>student: Tatiana Mamaeva, 25, St. Petersburg, designer

19.12.2011, 15:27
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Before Strelka I obtained a bachelor’s degree, studied electro-mechanics at the Polytechnic University in St. Petersburg. Then I worked as a lighting designer in a St. Petersburg office. But afterwards I decided to change my profession and went to study in Sweden, in a northern city called Umea, where I received a diploma in design. Then I worked in a big office in Vienna, which worked in the field of industrial design.

>student: Victor Ruben, 22, Moscow, architect

19.12.2011, 15:27
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Before Strelka I studied at MArkhI. When Strelka opened, I didn’t know anything about it. But my friends from MArkhI did. They said that we should definitely come as Rem Koolhaas himself would be there. Then we were volunteers at the summer programme. I was a volunteer at one of the first workshops held at Strelka by Studio Banana, I got acquainted with them and went to work for them in Madrid.

>student: Adeola Enigbokan, 32, New York, researcher / teacher / artist

19.12.2011, 15:26
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I decided to come to Strelka after I found out about it through Residency Unlimited, which is a website that collects artists’ residencies. And I found it really interesting, because unlike all the other residencies that were listed there, this one was asking specifically for interdisciplinary work and for people who wanted to work across disciplines: artists, architects, social scientists. Since I am an artist and a social scientist (environmental psychologist, to be particular), I thought it would be perfect for me.

>student: Anastasia Sheveleva, 25, Volgograd, architect

14.12.2011, 15:28
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Before Strelka I worked as a freelance architect. We did different kinds of projects: from cottages to landscape parks. Mostly it was in Volgograd and neighboring cities.

Postcards from Microrayons

14.12.2011, 15:26
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In order to cover the educational process at Strelka Institute, The Village has launched a blog called New Microrayons: Citizens as Customers. A few articles have already appeared on the blog, including interviews with David Erixon, director of the Citizens as Customers theme, Alexander Bard, philosopher and Internet sociologist, ex-member of Army of Lovers. The new article is on the postcards the students made to share their impressions of Moscow’s microrayons.

>student: Maria Semenenko, 24, Moscow, linguist

14.12.2011, 15:25
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Before Strelka I was studying at university, getting a diploma in political science with 2 foreign languages. After graduation I worked for an Internet publication, then on a very cool online project, hello, guys! I also worked in social media but then left.

>student: Natalia Kopeikina, 27, St, Petersburg, urban planner

13.12.2011, 15:25
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Before Strelka I worked as an engineer in the planning department and was in charge of spatial planning.

>student: Marina Laba, 22, Togliatti, designer

12.12.2011, 15:24
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Before Strelka I worked in a wonderful office, did graphic design. I felt great, comfortable. I thought I had everything a young girl needed. I’d just graduated from university. But there comes a time after you graduate when you can’t decide what to do next, because for 5 years you’ve been doing the same thing. Our institute was interesting because starting with your 3rd year you had to go and work. I didn’t even have time to really understand whether that profession was for me or not.

Tokyo through different lenses: part 2

12.12.2011, 15:24
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The fieldtrip to Japan may have ended, but the impressions of Tokyo are still fresh. All of the students have seen their own Tokyo. Here are some views of the city through their camera lenses.

Dace Gurecka