Justin McGuirk:
“Being small and nimble
is an advantage”

16.11.2012, 09:30

Justin McGuirk, publishing director of Strelka Press, tells about Strelka’s diversion at the Book Fair in New York, the crisis of the traditional book publishing and the advantages of publishing without printing infrastructure.

STRELKA PRESS AT THE DESIGNERS & BOOKS FAIR IN NEW YORK

16.11.2012, 08:34
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Strelka recently took part in the Designers & Books Fair 2012 in New York. The Fair targeted the professional publishing community and authors writing on topics related to design and architecture. At the fair, Strelka Press presented range of e-books and Justin McGuirk, the director of Strelka’s English language publishing programme, participated in two public forums about the contemporary architecture criticism and the future of the publishing industry.

RESEARCH SIMULATOR WEEK: MOSCOW AS A VILLAGE

09.11.2012, 09:35
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As part of the Research Simulator week of small research projects, a group of students visited three “rural corners” of Moscow – Terekhovo, Kuryanovo and Kommunarka. The village of Terekhovo, located in the Horoshevo-Mnevniki district, was investigated by Anna Pozniak, Nathan de Groot, Maria Romakina and Timothy Misir. The Kuryanovo district with post-war two-storey buildings, with low fences and front gardens in full bloom, located to the southeast of Moscow, was visited by Aikaterini Exameliotou, Oxana Yatsenko and Victor Karovskiy. Glafira Parinos, Lindsay Harkema and Ondrej Janku studied another place of interest called Kommunarka.

The students were interested in issues related to the theme of “Moscow as a Village”: how the residential community in each village was organized, how it fit into its urban surroundings and what urban processes had migrated to these areas.

RESEARCH SIMULATOR WEEK: WHERE DO TRADITIONS COME FROM?

07.11.2012, 14:29
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Research Simulator is Strelka’s experimental educational format that gives students the chance to try their hand at research and understand the steps needed to achieve genuinely independent work. This year, students were invited to select one of four topics, develop a hypothesis and go out into the field, before analyzing the results and preparing final presentations that they gave before their peers and an expert panel. Students from the “Traditions: Invented” group shared their impressions of the Research Simulator week.

Margarita Googe, Perm, Marketing Professional:

“Traditions are an instrument that changes people’s everyday life via a system of rituals and symbols that the State can “introduce” into culture. Thus, to remedy the problem of a lack of meat, the USSR introduced the tradition of “Fish Thursdays”, on which all communal dining areas only served fish dishes.
In my view, the success of the introduction of a tradition depends, for one thing, on the presence of genuine demand amongst the population for the new ritual or symbol. When there is a lack of demand, the State is forced to develop it before using the tradition as a means of control.”

STRELKA PRESS
AT KRASNOYARSK
BOOK CULTURE FAIR

02.11.2012, 08:35
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Between 31 October and 4 November, the Strelka Institute is presenting its publications at the Krasnoyarsk Book Culture Fair. This year marks the sixth occasion on which Russia’s leading regional literature fair has been held. The Fair has shown itself to be a good means of promoting Moscow-based publications and new reading formats in Russia’s provincial regions.

Transforming places. Park revolution in London

19.10.2012, 10:25

During the last decade of the 20th century many of London’s parks were in crisis and were not a political priority — neglected, unwelcoming, underused, and with inadequate provision in places. The new millennium has brought a renaissance to the city’s green spaces which LDA Design has had a major influence upon.