Strelka at the Tallinn Architectural Bienniale (TAB)

13.09.2013, 08:57
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The second Tallinn Architecture Biennale, with the theme “Recycling Socialism”, opened on September 4th. The biennale comprises of an architecture schools exhibition, symposium, vision competition and curators exhibition, which will remain open until the end of the month.

A team of Strelka graduates – Lindsay Harkema, Ondrej Janku, Izabela Cichonska and Nathan de Groot participated in the Vision Competition. The competition focused on the development strategies for one of Tallinn’s residential neighbourhoods – Vaike-Oismae, built in the 1970s, and known for its unique layout, with buildings spread out in an oval-shaped plan and a pond in the middle. Their project Assembled Ground was awarded the first prize.


27.08.2013, 12:43
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Three former Strelka students – Varvara Degtiarenko, Maria Romakina and Dhanya Pilo took part in “The Scene over Ugra”, a project that was part of the festival’s parallel programme.

Varvara Degtiarenko, art historian

Some call Archstoyanie an open-air museum. This is interesting, just based on the definition of what art is, and can be. If one looks at life as art, then it can be very fascinating to discover the meaning of the landscape, and its relation to life and the people who actually live in the region, as opposed to those who only go there for the festival every year.


23.08.2013, 11:41
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Strelka alumnus, experimental sound and performance artist Sergei Kasich speaks about installation “Voice of the Forest”.

Sounds of nature and social satire

Aristarh Chernyshov and Alexej Shulgin of Electroboutique invited me to work with them on Voice of the Forest, an installation recently presented at Archstoyanie 2013. Electroboutique are the pioneers of local media art. They were the first artists in Russia who started making works using cutting-edge technology, incorporating interactivity and social satire. A few years ago, they noticed the work of and subsequently got in touch with me to collaborate.

Olga Sarapulova, alumna

01.08.2013, 22:41
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Olga talks about Ufa’s first urban planning forum, UrbanBairam, taking place between August 2-4, and why the city needs new methods of urban planning.

I participated in the research studio ‘Citizens as Customers’ while a student at Strelka Institute. The research methodology used in this studio allowed us to study all the advantages and shortcomings of the existing urban planning system in Russia in detail. In the final report, ‘Dr. Crisis: How We Learned to Stop Faking and Kill the Microrayon’, that I prepared together with Nat Chamayeva, we came to the conclusion that the existing system can only be changed when people who are interested in improving the quality of life in the city start working together.

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.

Urban Routines: announcing the Directors of research studios 2013/14

23.07.2013, 11:10
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The upcoming academic year at Strelka Institute is dedicated to the research of urban routines. Intense three-month studio work will be focused around four themes: Dwelling, Offices, Cars, and Retail.

Each studio is led by a Director and a Project Leader. Directors set the agenda for collective research and are responsible for its final outcome, while Project Leaders help students with their final projects and organise the research of studios into a publication, a research report on studio work that will be published at the end of the academic year. The results of student’s research projects will also be published in a book called Urban Routines, and an exhibition of these projects is planned for June 2014.

Strelka Podcast #3

19.07.2013, 07:57
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Strelka Podcast @ radio W-O-S: Strelka graduate Anna Pozniak spoke to architectural historian Michelle Provoost, co-founder of research collective Crimson Architectural Historians and Director, International New Town Institute.

Strelka is happy to announce education programme 2013/14: Urban Routines

10.07.2013, 18:33
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How and why does the urban space of a Russian city shape today? What did globalization bring us and what lessons can be learned from the experience of other nations, that took the same path before us? What national habits and traditions continue influencing daily routines and what is being imported from other cultures? Each studio of Strelka education programme 2013/14 will research these issues and offer its original look at ordinary life in Russia today.

Four research studios — Dwelling, Offices, Cars and Retail — form the theme of the whole year at Strelka, Urban Routines. In addition to the four main studios of the programme and in partnership with Moscow State University’s Department of Economics Strelka will launch a special fifth studio, devoted to the study of urban economics.


15.05.2013, 12:27
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Strelka students Artur Shakhbazyan and Glafira Parinos interviewed Reuters’ Katya Serova, head of Urban Data and Mosgorchat, about big urban data, the Internet of Things, and Facebook, the world’s third most populous country.


30.04.2013, 11:19
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Strelka Podkast @ radio W-O-S: Strelka student Filip Mayer talked to an architectural historian Wouter Vanstiphout of the Crimson Architectural Historians research collective: