Director: Andreas Klok Pedersen
Project leader: Varvara Melnikova

Re-inventing the Grade-A Office:

Grade A offices constitute the highest contemporary standard in commercial working space. However, corporate work patterns are changing as fast as the new office blocks of this standard are going up. This study takes as its starting point a careful examination of contemporary working life in Moscow, where – more than in most cities – global trends have historically materialised in boldly experimental building typologies. Can we re-formulate, amplify, alter or totally do away with the regulations for working space in order to adapt – not only to the way we work – but also to the specific climate conditions of Moscow? Can we challenge the global paradigm of undifferentiated office space in a CBD glass tower and diversify the notion of the Grade-A office in terms of urbanism and architecture? The aim of this studio is to find answers to these and many more questions.


Director: Ronald Wall
Project Leader: Vasily Auzan

How do the formal and informal economies interact in the city? Can we create a structure that will ensure the mutually beneficial coexistence of the two? The studio team will research and systematise a mass of data on three layers of the Moscow economy: the global, formal, and informal. Under the guidance of economists, geographers, architects and sociologists, students will conduct a spatial analysis of the city economy and map its significance for the future development of the metropolis.
The studio is help in partnership with the Moscow State University’s Department of Economics.


Director: Yuri Grigoryan
Project leader: Edouard Moreau
Research Coordinator: Maria Slavnova

We are all Retail Agents. Retail is the fuel, the ever-present and eternally shifting image of the urban routine. It projects the invisible meta-city onto the façades before the citizen is even aware of it, filling our dreams, turning us into willing consumer-advertisers.
Moscow has been activated. The Post-Soviet deficit has become the catalyst. The seams will be revealed wherever retail takes root, in its highly adaptive, fluid and predatory form, binding the city in a complex network of services and goods, production and distribution, buyers and sellers. 
What is beneath the gloss, where are the tension points, the political will, the points of subversion? This studio will critically review the underlying forces at play and the spatial dynamics of this colonising agent in Moscow, a major player in the global consumer culture.


Director: Theo Deutinger
Project leader: Sergey Chernov

Compared to the rest of Europe, the car arrived late in Moscow. Private car ownership continues to grow and what other cities experienced over several decades, Moscow is going through in fast forward mode. Traffic jams are the most visible signs of Moscow’s mass auto-mobility. The increasing amount of road-related services and the high status of car ownership underpin the immense economic and cultural impact of mass car use.
To capture all of these issues, the studio has been structured around a division into politics, economy and culture. The following questions shall form the basis of our study: How do toll roads and paid parking in the inner city impact upon personal freedom? Do they divide space between the rich and poor? Are Moscow’s retail and office parks along highways unavoidable. Will Moscow soon come to resemble any other European city? In which ways does the car help people to fight against inequalities, promote and express themselves?