Value of Research

31.10.2011, 14:45
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During the past 3 weeks the students were getting acquainted with three of this year’s five research themes, each week having a set of lectures, discussions and tasks given by the theme directors. This week’s Studio Generale* won’t be devoted to a particular theme, but rather it will focus on the essentials of conducting research. It will be curated by the architect and head of Strelka’s eductional programme Yuri Grigoryan and Anastassia Smirnova, who will also be joined by Strelka alumni Anna Butenko and Tamara Muradova.

Urban Culture Reading List

27.10.2011, 14:44
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Many readers might wonder what books one should read to be more aware of the different topics addressed during each theme’s introduction week. In addition to the many lectures and discussions, every week the students are also given a special Student Reader. This reader compiles texts that provide theoretic background of a theme to help in the future research. Here is a brief overview of what the students are reading in order to understand this subject.

The Urban Culture reader includes several texts that look at Russia from different points of view. Opening with two texts: The Total Art of Stalinism: Avant-garde, Aesthetic Dictatorship, and Beyond by Boris Groys and Architecture in the Age of Stalin: Culture Two by Vladimir Paperny – the reader introduces two different perspectives on Stalinist culture.

Missing Spain

27.10.2011, 14:43
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Yesterday was devoted to discussing big projects of a city and the urban transformation that takes place as a result. 

>student: Filippo Bazzoni, 28, Milan, architect

27.10.2011, 14:42
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For the last three years, I worked as a transport consultant most of the time. I worked as an architect as well 2 years before that — I graduated as an architect in Milan. More or less that’s it.

Transformation of cities

26.10.2011, 14:41
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Yesterday Michael Schindhelm spoke about the changes that took place in cities with a rich cultural heritage, taking Berlin and Hong Kong as two examples.

>student: Elena Arkhipova, 24, Lipetsk, designer/analytic

26.10.2011, 14:40
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Before Strelka I worked in industrial design — to be more precise, I did design research. It’s hard to explain what it is, especially in Russia, but we collected and analyzed information so that there would be a quality product as a result.

Reading Clothes

25.10.2011, 14:39
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Yesterday was devoted to getting acquainted with the Urban Culture theme director Michael Schindhelm and the subject of research. Michael talked about how public space is inevitably linked with urban culture. In the past 20 years, Russia changed politically, but socially many things stayed the same. The former socialism evolved into a weird new mixture absorbing the market economy. The identity of what is Russian reformed significantly too. While Russia is trying to erase all traces of the Soviet past and substitute it with a new lifestyle, the signs and habits of the previous era are still sitting in the core of the society. The research theme will try to follow the development of Moscow’s culture by comparing the capital to other cities that underwent similar changes.

Quote of the day: Alexander Gavrilov on Gentrification of Moscow

25.10.2011, 14:38
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«Moscow is not really a city, it’s more of an agglomeration of badly structured spaces. In Moscow, it was more important to create emptiness than purpose. All these stories of gentrification of Moscow were made up by people who could read books well enough and learn from intelligent people that obscurely explained theories of gentrification processes. Years need to pass in order for a space in Moscow to become part of the city. Separate events that happen in the city don’t influence its life in any way. There’s zero feedback. Meanwhile, journalists care to bring to attention every little thing that happens. But if this little thing if talked about for 3 years it becomes an element of the city.»

Alexander Gavrilov
Literary Critic

Precious Moscow

24.10.2011, 14:38
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Skolkovo development, housing economics and the strategy for Moscow 2025 were last Friday’s topics of conversation at Strelka. 

Alexander Puzanov (Head of Department at HSE, Faculty of State and Municipal Administration; Director of the Institute of Urban Economics) told about the federal housing economics, the strategy for Moscow in the residential area and its most important tendencies.

>student: Tatyana Polyakova, 23, Ufa, architect

24.10.2011, 14:37
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Describe yourself in 3 words
An architect, a bird of passage, and a happy person.
What are your associations with Moscow?
I have very interesting associations, Moscow has such a perspective of the city and its development, there’s a different range of vision here. I feel at a very strange angle in the streets of Moscow.
How do you think your knowledge and skills will help you in research?
I think my university education, participation in international architectural competitions, and experience of working with public spaces  can be used during my studies here.
Who do you want to be when you graduate from Strelka?
I have several wishes concerning my future path […]. I hope I will make up my mind by the end of the year.
Strelka is
A fascinating intellectual game.