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10 Shortlisted to Re-Envision Kazan's Kaban Lake Embankments

14:08 - 14 July, 2015
10 Shortlisted to Re-Envision Kazan's Kaban Lake Embankments, Project site. Image Courtesy of competition organizers
Project site. Image Courtesy of competition organizers

Ten finalist have been shortlisted as part of an open, two-stage competition set to redesign the Kaban lake system embankments in Kazan. Held under the authority of the Republic of Tatarstan Government, the competition will now ask the remaining teams to work on other town-planning projects in the Republic of Tatarstan held within the three context of the Water-Conservation Zones Year - in Kazan, Naberezhnye Chelny, Nizhnekamsk, Almetyevsk and other cities. Visiting sessions with the President of the Republic will be organized to introduce the context of the competition to the finalists.

The Winner will receive one million Rubles and a contract for the design project development of the future embankment.

The 10 remaining finalists are...

Nikolay Polissky Creates Towering, Handcrafted Structures Across Russia

08:00 - 12 July, 2015
Nikolay Polissky Creates Towering, Handcrafted Structures Across Russia, Beaubourg (2013). Image © Ilya Ivanov
Beaubourg (2013). Image © Ilya Ivanov

Born in 1957 in Moscow, artist Nikolay Polissky creates impressive, handcrafted structures in the middle of Russia's vast landscapes. Mostly carried out in the town of Nikola Lenivets -- located 200 km from the Russian capital --  his works are built entirely by the area's residents, using local materials, such as branches, trunks and wooden tables. Traditional construction techniques are used as a starting point for the projects. 

His work is inspiring not only because of its imposing form, but also because he managed to re-activate a semi-abandoned village through art and architecture, involving residents in the creative process and transforming the region into a sort of open cultural center. Since 2003, his work has been part of Archstoyanie, the largest Land-Art festival in Russia.

Gates of Perm (2011). Image © Tima Radya Hyperboloid / Volcano (2009). Image Courtesy of Nikolay Polissky Lighthouse (2004). Image Courtesy of Nikolay Polissky Media tower (2002). Image Courtesy of Nikolay Polissky +39

Variant Studio's Moscow Metro Proposal: The World’s Quietest Metro Station?

06:00 - 3 July, 2015
Variant Studio's Moscow Metro Proposal: The World’s Quietest Metro Station?, Metro Platform. Image Courtesy of Variant Studio
Metro Platform. Image Courtesy of Variant Studio

When thinking of metro stations, the word quiet generally doesn’t come to mind—with all of the train and pedestrian traffic, not only is noise produced in high quantities, but it is also echoed. With this issue in mind, London-based Variant Studio created their proposal for the competition to design the new Novoperedelkino station in Moscow, Russia. Although not selected as the winning design, Variant was one of five shortlisted teams. Learn more about their silent proposal after the break. 

Metro Platform. Image Courtesy of Variant Studio Metro Tunnel. Image Courtesy of Variant Studio Courtesy of Variant Studio Courtesy of Variant Studio +17

Bagritsky / Ruetemple

03:00 - 17 June, 2015
Bagritsky / Ruetemple, © Ruetemple
© Ruetemple

© Ruetemple © Ruetemple © Ruetemple © Ruetemple +43

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Architect in Charge

    Alexander Kudimov, Daria Butahina
  • Area

    80.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art / OMA

22:00 - 16 June, 2015
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art / OMA, © Yuri Palmin
© Yuri Palmin

Yuri Palmin © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art © Yuri Palmin © Yuri Palmin © Yuri Palmin +45

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure, ulitsa Krymskiy Val, 9, Moskva, Russia, 119049
  • Partner in Charge

  • Project Architect

    Ekaterina Golovatyuk
  • Area

    5400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

10 Highlights from Guardian Cities' "History of Cities in 50 Buildings"

09:30 - 31 May, 2015
10 Highlights from Guardian Cities' "History of Cities in 50 Buildings", Fiat Tagliero, Asmara. Image © Flickr user David Stanley
Fiat Tagliero, Asmara. Image © Flickr user David Stanley

All good things must come to an end, and Guardian Cities' excellent "History of Cities in 50 Buildings" series is sadly no exception, with only a few more left to be published before they hit 50. The whole series is definitely worth the read, bringing in the best of academic and architectural writing from guest authors and the Guardian's own Cities team, but if you're strapped for time - and if you're an architect, it's fairly likely that's true - we've rounded up 10 highlights from the list to get you started.

Amazonas Theatre, Manaus. Image © Wikimedia user Leaderfo Narkomfin Building, Moscow. Image © Wikimedia user NVO Ponte Tower, Johannesburg. Image © Flickr user fiverlocker Byker Wall Estate, Newcastle. Image © Flickr user George Rex +11

AD Classics: Viipuri Library / Alvar Aalto

07:00 - 18 May, 2015
AD Classics: Viipuri Library / Alvar Aalto, © Denis Esakov
© Denis Esakov

Despite being one of the seminal works of modern Scandinavian architecture, Alvar Aalto’s Viipuri Library languished in relative obscurity for three-quarters of a century until its media breakthrough in late 2014. Its receipt of the World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize for a recent renovation was covered by news outlets around the world, bringing the 1935 building previously unseen levels of attention and scrutiny.

This renaissance is nothing less than extraordinary. Abandoned for over a decade and allowed to fall into complete disrepair, the building was once so forgotten that many believed it had actually been demolished. [1] For decades, architects studied Aalto’s project only in drawings and prewar black-and-white photographs, not knowing whether the original was still standing, and if it was, how it was being used. Its transformation from modern icon to deserted relic to architectural classic is a tale of political intrigue, warfare, and the perseverance of a dedicated few who saved the building from ruin.

© Denis Esakov © Denis Esakov © Denis Esakov © Denis Esakov +44

Proekt Agency / Iceoff

23:00 - 7 May, 2015
Proekt Agency / Iceoff, Courtesy of Iceoff
Courtesy of Iceoff

Courtesy of Iceoff Courtesy of Iceoff Courtesy of Iceoff Courtesy of Iceoff +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Area

    108.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Iceoff

Open Call: Competition Seeks Ideas for Königsberg Cultural Center

19:00 - 5 May, 2015
Open Call: Competition Seeks Ideas for Königsberg Cultural Center, Courtesy of Urban Planning Bureau "Heart of the City"
Courtesy of Urban Planning Bureau "Heart of the City"

The Kaliningrad Region Government, in collaboration with the Kaliningrad City Administration and the Non-Profit Partnership ”Urban Planning Bureau 'Heart of the City'” has launched an open international design competition for an architectural design of the Governmental historic and cultural complex on the grounds of the former order castle Königsberg in Kaliningrad (“Post-castle,” 4,5 ha). The competition aims to find a contemporary architectural image of Kaliningrad's historic center, while accommodate for new functions, such as a concert hall, museum of archaeology, and history museum of the King's castle.

Kurumoch International Airport and VIP-Lounges / Nefa Architects

23:00 - 1 May, 2015
Kurumoch International Airport and VIP-Lounges / Nefa Architects, © Ilya Ivanov
© Ilya Ivanov

© Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Samara, Samara Oblast, Russia
  • Airport architect

    Margarita Kornienko
  • Vip Lounge architect

    Maria Nasonova
  • Area

    22500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

PUBLICIS GROUPE / VOX Architects

03:00 - 14 April, 2015
PUBLICIS GROUPE / VOX Architects, © Alexey Knyazev
© Alexey Knyazev

© Alexey Knyazev © Alexey Knyazev © Alexey Knyazev © Alexey Knyazev +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Leningradskiy prospekt, Moskva, Russia
  • Architect in Charge

    Boris Voskoboynikov, Maria Akhremenkova
  • Area

    6500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

House in the Moscow Region / M2 Architectural Group

16:00 - 8 April, 2015
House in the Moscow Region / M2 Architectural Group, © Eugene Kulibaba
© Eugene Kulibaba

© Eugene Kulibaba © Eugene Kulibaba © Eugene Kulibaba © Eugene Kulibaba +21

SuperSurfaceSpace Moscow / Metrogramma

03:00 - 26 March, 2015

  • Architects

  • Location

    ulitsa Lva Tolstogo, Moskva, Russia
  • Design Team

    Francesco Betta - TD of Metrogramma, Egor Fufachev, Andrea Casazza, Giuseppe Bandieramonte, Maria Novozhilova, Thomas Ernesto Rotondo, Niccolo Spadoni
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves +22

URALCHEM HEADQUARTERS / Pedra Silva Arquitectos

23:00 - 24 March, 2015
URALCHEM HEADQUARTERS / Pedra Silva Arquitectos, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Architect in Charge

    Luis Pedra Silva and Maria Rita Pais
  • Design Team

    André Góis, Dina Castro, Hugo Ramos, Hugo Ferreira, João Alves, Paulo André, Ricardo Sousa
  • Area

    3370.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Birdman's Nest / ARCHI TE KTO

23:00 - 21 March, 2015
Birdman's Nest / ARCHI TE KTO, © Ilya Ivanov
© Ilya Ivanov

© Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Presnenskaya naberezhnaya, 8 строение 1, Moskva, Russia, 123317
  • Design Team

    Murat Sakhtaryek, Kirill Zverev, Tatiana Yakovleva
  • Project Management

    Aleksandr Gornov, Maxim Panferov
  • Area

    208.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

FR-EE Among 6 Shortlisted to Envision Atomic Energy Pavilion in Russia

15:00 - 17 March, 2015
FR-EE Among 6 Shortlisted to Envision Atomic Energy Pavilion in Russia, Site. Image Courtesy of ROSATOM
Site. Image Courtesy of ROSATOM

Six teams have been shortlisted in stage-two of a competition to develop ideas for Russia’s “Atomic Energy Pavilion” in Moscow. Planned for a site at the Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy, the pavilion is intended to share the “history of the native nuclear industry” and its “contribution into modern economic development” as well as provide an open “communication forum” for the ROSATOM and the general public. 

The six finalists are…

Moscow's High Rise Bohemia: The International Business District With No Business

09:30 - 17 March, 2015
Moskva City. Image © Kirill Vinokurov
Moskva City. Image © Kirill Vinokurov

The Moscow International Business Center (Also known as Moskva-City) was meant to be Russia’s ticket into the Western world. First conceived in 1992, the district at the edge of Moscow’s city center is intended to contain up to 300,000 inhabitants, employees and visitors at any given moment and, when completed, will house over 4 million square meters of prime retail, hotel and office space to create what the Russian government desired most from this project: an enormous financial district that could dwarf London’s Canary Wharf and challenge Manhattan. Twenty three years later though, Moscow-based real estate company Blackwood estimates that as much as 45% of this new space is entirely vacant and rents have plummeted far below the average for the rest of Moscow. The only press Moskva-City is attracting is for tenants like the High Level Hostel, a hostel catering to backpackers and other asset-poor tourists on the 43rd floor of the Imperia Tower, with prices starting at $25.50 for a bed in a six-person room. This is not the glittering world of western high finance that was envisioned back in the post-Soviet 90s; but what has it become instead?

Moscow's Third Ring Road, the main road link to Moskva-City. Image © Flickr user kishjar? Moskva-City, with the City of Capitals towers on the left and the Imperia Tower on the right. Image © Pavel Kazachkov Moskva City. Image © Flickr user kishjar? © Flickr user Jay +8

NGRS Recruiting Company HQ / Crosby Studios

06:00 - 17 March, 2015
NGRS Recruiting Company  HQ  / Crosby Studios, © Evgeny Evgrafov
© Evgeny Evgrafov

© Evgeny Evgrafov © Evgeny Evgrafov © Evgeny Evgrafov © Evgeny Evgrafov +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia, 125009
  • Architects in Charge

    Harry Nuriev, Olga Boris, Dmitry Vorontsov
  • Area

    168.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs