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.