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Zaha Hadid on Russian Artist Kazimir Malevich

00:00 - 24 July, 2014
Zaha Hadid on Russian Artist Kazimir Malevich, Zaha Hadid RA, The Peak Blue Slabs, 1982-83. Image © Zaha Hadid / Royal Academy of Arts
Zaha Hadid RA, The Peak Blue Slabs, 1982-83. Image © Zaha Hadid / Royal Academy of Arts

In an article for London's Royal Academy of Arts Magazine entitled Plane Sailing, Zaha Hadid discusses the influence of Russian Suprematist painter Kazimir Malevich on her own design work. In Hadid's early work, such as The Peak Blue Slabs (1982/83), the visual connections to Malevich's strict, regular shapes and lines are evident.

Painting: Vitra Fire Station. Image © Zaha Hadid Relief Model: Vitra Fire Station. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects Painting: Vitra Fire Station. Image © Zaha Hadid Vitra Fire Station, Germany. Image © Wojtek Gurak +6

Foster + Partners Designs Headquarters for Copper Company in Russia

01:00 - 18 July, 2014
Foster + Partners Designs Headquarters for Copper Company in Russia, © Methanoia Courtesy of Foster + Partners
© Methanoia Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has revealed designs for the headquarters of RMK, one of the world's leading copper producers based in Yekaterinburg, Russia. The 13-story building is designed to complement the company's working style, splitting office spaces into two-story modular units which provide comfortable and flexible work spaces.

The facade of the building features triangular panels of bronze-colored steel, a motif that is inspired by the color and chemical structure of copper. These steel panels also express the modular offices within the building, with each ten by six-meter panel corresponding to a single office module, and regulate the building's temperature by shading the building in the summer but admitting winter sunshine.

Read on after the break for more on the design

Russian Character Competition Won by Concept for a 'Dacha in a Dvor'

01:00 - 7 July, 2014
Russian Character Competition Won by Concept for a 'Dacha in a Dvor', Winner of the competition, Dacha in a Dvor by Megabudka. Image Courtesy of The Morton Group
Winner of the competition, Dacha in a Dvor by Megabudka. Image Courtesy of The Morton Group

Design studio Megabudka has won the Russian Character competition, an open contest to design a culture and education centre for the Moscow suburb of Butovo Park. Their concept, entitled "Dacha in a Dvor" plays on the typically Russian idea of the Dacha, a seasonal home located outside the city that has been a part of Russian culture since the reign of Peter the Great.

The design by Megabudka consists of a cluster of buildings arranged around a "Dvor", or central courtyard containing apple trees and recreational spaces. As a whole, the design aims to bring the joys of seasonal rural life to the outskirts of Moscow, with a single flexible space shared by the whole community.

More on the design after the break

Winner of the competition, Dacha in a Dvor by Megabudka. Image Courtesy of The Morton Group Winner of the competition, Dacha in a Dvor by Megabudka. Image Courtesy of The Morton Group This alternative proposal by MEL is being considered for similar projects elsewhere. Image Courtesy of The Morton Group This proposal by Enota+Archimetrics won the peoples' choice award. Image Courtesy of The Morton Group +11

A Provocative Possible Future for Moscow's Failing Business District

00:00 - 5 July, 2014

What can you do with a business district that has an office vacancy rate of 40%, is completely separated from its surroundings and is facing increasing competition from business centers emerging throughout the city? These are questions that are increasingly being asked about Moscow's International Business District, the symbol of capitalism that was planned in 1992 after the fall of the Soviet Union, yet is still under construction today.

Eduardo Cassina and Liva Dudareva, founders of METASITU and researchers at the Strelka Institute, have proposed a provocative idea in response to this dilemma: envisaging the business district's future in 2041, they imagine a scenario where the district is linked by underground metro to Sheremetyevo And Domodedovo airports in the North and South - forming the world's first mega-airport, and the first one where it is possible to live in the terminal building without ever leaving.

Read on after the break for more explanation of idea

Diagram showing the locations of Stop Over City and the two existing airports. Image Courtesy of Eduardo Cassina and Liva Dudareva In many ways, Stop Over City is more closely related to the global airports it is connected to than to the city outside its doors. Image Courtesy of Eduardo Cassina and Liva Dudareva An underground tunnel connecting buildings in Stop Over City. Image Courtesy of Eduardo Cassina and Liva Dudareva The entrance hall in Stop Over City. Image Courtesy of Eduardo Cassina and Liva Dudareva +7

Ten in Shortlist to Redesign Moscow's Sokolniki Park

00:00 - 3 July, 2014
Ten in Shortlist to Redesign Moscow's Sokolniki Park, © Flickr CC User Puno 3000
© Flickr CC User Puno 3000

Competition organizers Archpolis have announced an international shortlist of ten practices that will go on to compete for the chance to redesign Moscow's Sokolniki Park. The park, which at 515 Hectares is the largest park in Moscow, is an important part of Moscow's Heritage, having first been used for recreation as a site for falcon hunting in the 15th century.

During the 19th century, the park was officially established, and bestowed with a distinctive radial design.The winner of the competition will be expected to work within this framework, as in 1979 the park became a protected monument of garden-park design from the 17th through 19th centuries.

Read on after the break for the shortlist

Conference: Urban Routines 2013/14

00:00 - 30 June, 2014
Conference: Urban Routines 2013/14

Russian city dwellers live their daily lives, drive cars on busy streets, sit in front of computers in offices, buy groceries and other goods in supermarkets and shops, bring up their children and watch television at home. This decidedly typical Lebenswelt, routine, everyday, the gigantic and complex world of the ordinary, is under-researched and poorly analysed. The theme for Strelka’s 2013-2014 research school year is Urban Routines

Shukhov Tower's Fate Put to a Vote

00:00 - 26 June, 2014
Shukhov Tower's Fate Put to a Vote, Aleksander Rodchenko, Shukhov Tower (1929)
Aleksander Rodchenko, Shukhov Tower (1929)

Despite severe corrosion, with almost 70% of one its six sections “thoroughly corroded” according to the government, Vladimir Shukhov’s 1922 radio tower has never been restored. Earlier this year, a large group of international architects petitioned the government to save the tower, one of only 20 or so of Shukhov’s 200 towers still standing in Russia. Now Moscow’s government has put the fate of the landmark tower to a public vote. 

Until July 6 Moscovites can use the  “Engaged Citizen” app to support one of four actions: hold an open competition to restore the tower, move the tower to a new location, move it to its historic location on Shabolovka street, or invent a new solution.

Inside Russia's "Fair Enough" - Special Mention Winner at the Venice Biennale 2014

00:00 - 24 June, 2014

The Russian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale is selling the most important architectural ideas from Russia. Curators Anton Kalgaev, Brendan Mcgetrick, and Daria Paramonova selected twenty ideas that offer solutions to contemporary architectural issues and designed the pavilion as a commercial fair. It's even got generic furniture and salespeople manning the booths.

They talked to us about their project Fair Enough and why their contribution to the Biennale is a market where Russia's originally socialist ideas are sold as updated "products."

Check out the full curatorial statement, flip through the 160-page pavilion catalog, and see a full gallery of images after the break.

Fair Enough. Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh Fair Enough. Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh Fair Enough. Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh Fair Enough. Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh +12

Video: The City With the Most Constructivist Buildings in the World

00:00 - 22 June, 2014

Few Constructivist projects made it through the World Wars, but if you're looking for those that did, you'd be wise to travel to Yekaterinburg, Russia. With over a dozen complexes, the city probably has the world's biggest collection of Constructivist buildings—and it's definitely the only place with a hotel in the shape of a hammer and sickle.

The fascinating video above by Ural Life and Culture tours the city and surveys the elements common to Constructivist buildings. Yekaterinburg was a laboratory for Constructivist architects who started building there soon after the movement was founded in Moscow in 1921. Architects from all over the Soviet Union, Poland, and Germany designed 4-5 story apartment blocks and office towers to replace single story wooden houses. The Soviets also introduced new typologies like public baths, kindergartens, and a 14-building secret police complex called the "Little Town of Cheka Officers," with covered passages so residents could walk between buildings indoors. 

Venice Biennale 2014: Russia to Assemble Expo of Urban Ideas from Past Century

00:00 - 30 May, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: Russia to Assemble Expo of Urban Ideas from Past Century , Apocalyptic panorama for “Ark-Stroy” booth, 2014, Evgeny Katin (Bang! Bang! Studio) / Courtesy — Strelka institute for media, architecture and design
Apocalyptic panorama for “Ark-Stroy” booth, 2014, Evgeny Katin (Bang! Bang! Studio) / Courtesy — Strelka institute for media, architecture and design

True to the country’s experimental past, Russia’s participation for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale will expose the continued relevance of historical urban ideas by applying them as solutions for contemporary needs. Titled Fair Enough, the exhibition will be presented as an international trade show of ideas, a “marketplace of urban invention” that is both “made in Russia and open to the world.” 

The full curatorial text, after the break...

Conceptual Framework for the Development of Sokolniki Park Competition

01:00 - 22 May, 2014
Conceptual Framework for the Development of Sokolniki Park Competition, Sokolniki Park
Sokolniki Park

Sokolniki Park of Culture and Rest and the ArchPolis Centre for Territorial Initiatives, with support from the City of Moscow Department of Culture and the City of Moscow Agency for Parks and Recreation (Mosgorpark), announce a competition to generate a conceptual framework for the development of Sokolniki Park.

Open International Competition for the Design of Summer Residential Unit

01:00 - 16 May, 2014
Open International Competition for the Design of Summer Residential Unit

Project Baltia magazine and Yarky Hostel & Space have just announced the Open International Competition for the Design of Summer Residential Unit. Five winning projects will be implemented on the territory of the Hostel by August 2, 2014. The units should enable temporary accommodation for one or two persons. Functions of these units are similar to those of a hotel room.

Plans Underway for “Russian Tate Modern”

00:00 - 12 May, 2014
Plans Underway for “Russian Tate Modern”, Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage via Wikimedia Commons
Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage via Wikimedia Commons

Rumor has it that Constructivist architect Konstantin Melnikov’s Bakhmetevsky bus garage may soon be transformed into Moscow’s prime modern art gallery. An “equivalent to London’s Tate Modern,” as the Calvert Journal describes, the historic 1927 structure has been said to be the most likely location for the new museum, dubbed “Pushkin Modern.” 

4th Moscow Biennale Architecture

00:00 - 25 April, 2014
4th Moscow Biennale Architecture

This year ARCH MOSCOW is held within the 4th Moscow Biennale Architecture. The Biennale fully reflects the latest architectural trends and promotes technical innovations, stylistic researches and experimentation in the field of design ideas. The best examples of domestic and foreign architectural achievements are displayed and the principles of development of the quality architectural environment are professionally discussed. Traditionally, ARCH MOSCOW is the best platform for establishing business contacts in the field of architecture, development and construction.

Strelka Unsettled: A New Future for Moscow’s Most Neglected Architecture?

01:00 - 18 April, 2014
Strelka Unsettled: A New Future for Moscow’s Most Neglected Architecture?, Courtesy of Squadra Komanda
Courtesy of Squadra Komanda

The Strelka Institute, Moscow’s most innovative school for architecture and urbanism, "might be soon forced to leave its current venue in the heart of the Russian capital" due to proposed redevelopment of the area. Faced by the threat of this possibility, the school formed a competition in order to collect ideas for the relocation. The winning proposal, developed by Squadra Komanda, proposes a "visionary program of development for the disputed and immense architectural legacy from the late-Soviet period."

Late Soviet architecture constitutes "almost two third of all buildings in Moscow." As it represents "an unpleasant reminder of the recent past," many Russians dislike this kind of building. As a result, the Strelka Unsettled, with the possibility for collaboration with the outdated cultural institutions hosted inside the building of the All Russian State Library for Foreign Literature (built in 1966), seeks to offer new scenarios for this "neglected kind of architecture."

Three Teams Shortlisted to Masterplan New Finance Center in Moscow

01:00 - 11 April, 2014

Three teams have been chosen to advance in the third and final round of a competition to masterplan the new International Financial Center (IFC) in "New Moscow." Once complete, the 460 hectare mixed-use development will add offices, housing and hotels, as well as commercial and social infrastructure to the area of Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye. The finalists are...

15 Practices Shortlisted for Russian Cultural Center Competition

01:00 - 9 April, 2014
15 Practices Shortlisted for Russian Cultural Center Competition, Project Site
Project Site

Fifteen of 100 hopeful practices have been chosen to move forward in the second stage of the international “Russian Character” competition. Challenged to design a multi-functional Culture & Education Center for the newly developed Butovo Park residential district, the applicants will now begin to envision their proposals for the new venue. Once complete, the center will provide space for lectures, film screenings, indoor (and outdoor) concerts and master classes, as well as various outdoor sports activities and a museum that will showcase exhibitions on the the area’s history. The 15 shortlisted practices are...

Melnikov House Listed As Cultural Heritage Site

00:00 - 21 March, 2014
Melnikov House Listed As Cultural Heritage Site, © ArchDaily instagram user, dbasulto
© ArchDaily instagram user, dbasulto

UPDATE: The ArchCouncil of Moscow reports that the Melnikov House has been listed as a cultural heritage site of federal value, an important step in its conservation. The following article first appeared on ArchDaily on April 23rd, 2013. 

Peter Eisenman, Steven Holl, and Rem Koolhaas are among the many architects who have signed a letter pleading for the preservation of one of Konstantin Melnikov’s greatest works, the Melnikov House. As we reported in December of 2012, the Melnikov’s house 83-year old foundations have weakened considerably since the onset of neighboring construction. Unfortunately, the situation has only worsened “significantly” over the last few months. 

Read more about the state of the Melnikov House, and what architects are doing to try and prevent its deterioration, after the break...