Interview with Anna Krasinskaya

17.07.2012, 16:28
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– What is the applicant selection process going to be like this year?

We are going to try out a different applicant selection format this year, which we believe will not only be more effective and precise for applicant selection, but will also be more appealing to both us and our applicants. It is often the case that someone knows a thing or two about the Strelka Institute going in, let’s say, you like this space, you like the events taking place here, but you have no idea whether it is a good fit for you. Now we want to change this: the selection process itself will become an interesting event for applicants, a great opportunity really to get to know the Strelka team and learn about our approach to education.

Anastassia Smirnova: «We try to stretch your mind»

10.07.2012, 16:25
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Strelka programming director Anastassia Smirnova talks about how the Institute’s education program is structured, what makes it innovative, and Strelka’s teaching philosophy.

– Please tell us about Strelka’s education program

Yury Grigoryan on Strelka students’ final projects 2011/12

28.06.2012, 16:24
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Q: What are your thoughts and impressions of the past year?

Yury Grigoryan: This may sound strange, but the most important thing about our second year is that we’ve had it. One could say this is the beginning of our history, we’re getting a certain continuity: we had our Year One, and now we’ve had Year Two. You cannot make a powerful statement, let alone make an impact in just one year. In our first year, we were making it up as we went along, we were running much greater risks, it was more of an experiment, if you will.  I believe we have been able to consolidate some things [in the second year], and we have been able to retain some of the best things we had going in our first year. And yet, we were still taking risks in Year Two, we have been able to avoid making a conservative retread of the first year.

Translating Urbanism into Russian

22.06.2012, 16:23
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Some hasty notes from a conversation between Sergei Sitar, Kirill Asse, Anastassia Smirnova, and Kuba Snopek at the Moscow International Open Book Fair, inside Alexander Brodsky’s pavilion for Strelka. The topic was the challenge of translating ideas and terms conceived in an English-speaking context into Russian.

Sergei: The cultural context is very important. You have to transplant a text into a new culture and fertilize it. And though architectural discourse in Russia is almost in its childhood, it isn’t fair to consider the situation a one-way importation of Western ideas. We don’t know our history very well, like there’s a tendency to historical amnesia. For example, you can often find “new” terms in historical Russian sources.

Anastassia: But there are many important books that are known internationally only in their English version, regardless of the quality of the translation.

“If you treat Rem Koolhaas as a monument, who’s going to ask him questions?”

20.04.2012, 16:16
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Anastasia’s research project was on the reasons for the advent of creative and art clusters emerging in Moscow, with the Red October as an example. Anastasia is currently a curator in residence at the Node Center for Curatorial Studies, a residency project in Berlin.

Students’ Research Projects: Megacity

18.04.2012, 16:16
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We continue to post short descriptions of the students’ projects. Next up is Megacity, curated by Reinier de Graaf.

Fillipo Bazzoni

Recycling Moscow

16.04.2012, 16:15
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One of the students of the Megacity theme, Ricardo Pinho, is opening up his research project towards the public. In a series of posts to come and a possible webcast with experts and readers, Ricardo intends to spark interest in the subject of abandoned land in Moscow and its re-usage potential, calling out for public debate and discussion.

Graduate Anna Shevchenko, 34, architect, Moscow

13.04.2012, 16:14
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As part of the Preservation theme, headed by Rem Koolhaas, Anna Shevchenkoresearched the Jewish Autonomous Oblast’. In her project, she analysed how an alien not only managed to acclimate in an absolutely unusual environment, but also become a pillar of the society

Citizens as Customers: A Model for Sustainable Quality of Life

11.04.2012, 16:14
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The approach to research of the Citizens as Customers group is quite different from that of the other studios. It focuses a lot on both teamwork and individual projectsStudent Matiss Groskaufmanis describes the studio’s methodology, followed by the descriptions of his and other students’ projects.  

Matiss Groskaufmanis:

Students’ Projects: Urban Culture

10.04.2012, 16:13
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As promised, we are starting to post descriptions of the students’ projects. The first 6 students belong to the Urban Culture research theme studio. Here’s what they said about their projects.  

Alena Zaytseva: