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.

SUPERMAN & THE DUVET: Record of the workshop

15.08.2013, 09:33
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Roger Connah aka Professor Vertigo – writer, architecture critic and an author of popular architecture books as- Pulp Architecture (2009), Architecture Degree Zero (2008), A House for De Kooning’s Friend (2006), How Architecture Got its Hump (2001); Welcome to the Hotel Architecture (1998); Writing Architecture (1989). At 1990 his book “Writing Architecture: An Architectural” book won the first prize of The CICA International Book Award. The workshop was assisted by a former student of Professor Vertigo, an architect and Strelka graduate Maria Slavnova. A three-day investigation took the method of Gonzo writing and applied it to architecture. This produced an experiment of ‘writing on the run’, discourse on immediacy and criticality and in the end, ‘punk pamthlets’ or printed books. Here is a record of a workshop by Maria Elkina, a participant and journalist from St. Petersburg.



I got up, got dressed and had breakfast; it was a usual day… In one of my English tests this phrase was suggested as the first sentence for an essay. Well, that’s a good start for a story.

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.

Maria Fedorchenko: “We have to be much more flexible in the way we think about buildings and their uses”

30.07.2013, 22:02
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Strelka is hosting the Architectural Association (AA) Visiting School from August 12th to 18th. Maria Fedorchenko, a leader of the design unit at AA and the Director of Moscow Visiting School talks about the upcoming workshop, AA methods of architectural design, ‘loose fit’, diagrams and design provocations.

Your educational background is diverse: Moscow Architectural Institute (MArchI),  followed by Princeton University and UCLA. All these schools suggest different approaches to architectural design and practices. What are the main differences between them?