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The Blog As A Museum: Meganom Makes its Online Exhibition Debut with Thngs

09:30 - 23 December, 2016
Courtesy of Thngs Co.
Courtesy of Thngs Co.

Our experience of information is changing. We now consume more and more information digitally, with much of this being non-textual. Videos, photos and GIFs have become commonplace, with technology allowing these mediums to be as easily shareable as text. This gives way to another trend: the increase in the number and accessibility of online platforms. Not only is more information being digitized, but more dynamic ways of digitization are being developed; multimedia articles and online exhibitions, for example, hope to provide a more engaging way of sharing information.

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Project Meganom's Yuri Grigoryan: “Freedom is When You Realize that Anything is Possible”

09:30 - 12 August, 2016
Project Meganom's Yuri Grigoryan: “Freedom is When You Realize that Anything is Possible”, Barn, Nikolo-Lenivets, Kaluga District, Russia, 2006. Image © Yuri Grigoryan
Barn, Nikolo-Lenivets, Kaluga District, Russia, 2006. Image © Yuri Grigoryan

Yuri Grigoryan founded Project Meganom in 1999 in Moscow with his partners Alexandra Pavlova, Iliya Kuleshov, and Pavel Ivanchikov. Together, the group all graduated from Moscow’s Architectural Institute, MArchI in 1991, the year of the Soviet Union’s collapse, and then practiced at the studio of Moscow architect Alexander Larin. Today Project Meganom is headed by Grigoryan, Iliya Kuleshov, Artem Staborovsky, and Elena Uglovskaya, and keeps in close contact with the theoretical side of architecture: Grigoryan teaches at his alma mater and until recently he was the Director of Education at Strelka Institute, founded in 2009 under the creative leadership of Rem Koolhaas, while in 2008 the practice was involved in the Venice Architecture Biennale with their San Stae project for curator Yuri Avvakumov's “BornHouse” exhibition. All of this gives Grigoryan an interesting overview of Russia's unique architectural context. In this interview from his “City of Ideas” column, Vladimir Belogolovsky speaks with Grigoryan about the issues facing Russian architecture and how Project Meganom has responded to those challenges.

Vladimir Belogolovsky: You travel often and participate in student critiques in the West and in Russia. Do you notice any particular difference in approaches?

Yuri Grigoryan: First, the West is not homogeneous. For example, in the late 1980s, during what was then a very rare trip to the USA I had a chance to visit some of the leading studios and schools. I remember how during our visit to the IIT in Chicago the students would sit and methodically place four pieces of paper, forming laconic spaces precisely following Mies van der Rohe’s principles. That was very strange and I did not see any influences coming from outside of that particular school of thought. I could say the same about Russia. At the height of the Constructivist movement, the teachings of our great educators Nikolai Ladovsky and his students Ivan Lamtsov and Mikhail Turkus at Vkhutemas lead to the situation where the figure of a teacher lost its meaning; it was replaced with methodology that was to be obeyed as if it were a sort of religion.

Barn, Nikolo-Lenivets, Kaluga District, Russia, 2006. Image © Yuri Grigoryan Theater Mercury, Moscow, 2006. Image © Marco Zanta Molochny Lane residential building, Moscow, 2003. Image © Yuri Palmin Theater Mercury, Moscow, 2006. Image Courtesy of Project Meganom +15

8 Projects that Exemplify Moscow's Urban Movement

09:30 - 27 July, 2016
8 Projects that Exemplify Moscow's Urban Movement, Zaryadye Park / Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Image Courtesy of Zaryadye Park
Zaryadye Park / Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Image Courtesy of Zaryadye Park

When it comes to urbanism these days, people’s attention is increasingly turning to Moscow. The city clearly intends to become one of the world’s leading megacities in the near future and is employing all necessary means to achieve its goal, with the city government showing itself to be very willing to invest in important urban developments (though not without some criticism).

A key player in this plan has been the Moscow Urban Forum. Although the forum’s stated goal is to find adequate designs for future megacities, a major positive side-effect is that it enables the city to organize the best competitions, select the best designers, and build the best urban spaces to promote the city of Moscow. The Forum also publishes research and academic documents to inform Moscow’s future endeavors; for example, Archaeology of the Periphery, a publication inspired by the 2013 forum and released in 2014, notably influenced the urban development on the outskirts of Moscow, but also highlighted the importance of combining urban development with the existing landscape.

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art / OMA. Image © Yuri Palmin Moscow Riverfront / Project Meganom. Image Courtesy of Project Meganom Novoperedelkino Subway Station / U-R-A. Image Courtesy of U-R-A | United Riga Architects Luzhniki Stadium. Image © Flickr user bbmexplorer licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0 +43

Project Meganom Wins Contest to Transform Moscow Riverfront

00:00 - 11 December, 2014
Project Meganom Wins Contest to Transform Moscow Riverfront, Fishing on Kremlin © Courtesy of Project Meganom
Fishing on Kremlin © Courtesy of Project Meganom

Russian practice Project Meganom has been announced as the winner in a competition to drastically transform the Moscow riverfront. Their masterplan proposal aims to create a series of linear green spaces, while also incorporating new cultural and education spaces along the waterfront and improving the surrounding public transport. Announced at the IV annual Moscow Urban Forum which opened earlier today, the goal of the competition was to return the Moscow river from a "barrier" into a "link" in the city, restoring its historical status as the city's heart and most important transportation route.

Read on after the break for more details of Project Meganom's masterplan

Parliament Gardens Port © Courtesy of Project Meganom Parliament Gardens © Courtesy of Project Meganom Future ports, birds view © Courtesy of Project Meganom Green Channel birds view © Courtesy of Project Meganom +18

AD Interviews: Yuri Grigoryan / Project Meganom

01:00 - 27 August, 2014

At the III Moscow Urban Forum, we had the chance to sit down with Russian architect Yuri Grigoryan, the co-founder of Project Meganom and the director of education at the Strelka Institute. Grigoryan also led the team that prepared the research project, “Archeology of the Periphery,” a key part of the forum that focused on the challenges and strategy for developing Moscow’s metropolitan area.

Sitting above the “Archeology of the Periphery” exhibition, Grigoryan told us what he thinks the role of an architect should be in society, what it’s like to lead a firm and the importance of innovation. “Architects have two very important roles. One is to do the architecture and to be good in architectural design. And the second role is to build the bridge between architecture, research and society,” he told us.

If you enjoy this interview make sure you check out our interview with both Grigoryan and Alexei Komissarov, the Moscow Government Minister and Head of the Department of Science, Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship of Moscow, on the Forum and “Archeology of the Periphery.” 

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Villa Rose and X-Park / Project Meganom

01:00 - 4 July, 2014
Villa Rose and X-Park / Project Meganom, © Yury Palmin
© Yury Palmin

© Yury Palmin © Yury Palmin © Yury Palmin © Yury Palmin +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Romashkovskiy park, Russia
  • Architects in Charge

    Yury Grigoryan, Pavel Ivanchikov, Alexandra Pavlova
  • Area

    550.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2004
  • Photographs

San Stae / Project Meganom

01:00 - 1 July, 2014
San Stae / Project Meganom, © Yury Grigoryan
© Yury Grigoryan

© Yury Grigoryan © Yury Grigoryan © Yury Grigoryan © Yury Grigoryan +9

  • Architects

  • Location

    Venice, Italy
  • Architects in Charge

    Yury Grigoryan, Pavel Ivanchikov, Iliya Kulesov, Alexandra Pavlova, Yury Kuznezov, Semen Rastorguev
  • Collaborator

    Yury Avvakumov
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

Tsvetnoy / Project Meganom

01:00 - 28 June, 2014
Tsvetnoy / Project Meganom, Courtesy of Project Meganom
Courtesy of Project Meganom

Courtesy of Project Meganom © Dmitry Chistoprudov Courtesy of Marco Zanta Courtesy of Marco Zanta +42

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tsvetnoy Boulevard, 15, Moscow, Russia, 101000
  • Architects in Charge

    Yuriy Grigoryan, Alexandra Pavlova, Timur Shabaev, Yuriy Kuznetsov
  • Area

    37000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Luxury Village and Mercury Theatre / Project Meganom

01:00 - 25 June, 2014
Luxury Village and Mercury Theatre / Project Meganom, Courtesy of Marco Zanta
Courtesy of Marco Zanta

© Yuri Palmin Courtesy of Marco Zanta Courtesy of Marco Zanta Courtesy of Marco Zanta +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Barvikha, Moskovskaya oblast, Russia
  • Architects in Charge

    Yu. Grigoryan, A. Pavlova, I. Kuleshov, P. Ivanchikov
  • Area

    17000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

Ether / Project Meganom

01:00 - 22 June, 2014
Ether  / Project Meganom, Courtesy of Project Meganom
Courtesy of Project Meganom

Courtesy of Project Meganom Courtesy of Marco Zanta Courtesy of Marco Zanta Courtesy of Marco Zanta +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Butikovskiy pereulok, 7, Moscow, Russia, 119034
  • Architects in Charge

    Yury Grigoryan, Alexandra Pavlova, Iliya Kuleshov
  • Collaborators

    U. Villen, V. Zherebtsov
  • Area

    930.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008

Barn / Project Meganom

01:00 - 19 June, 2014
Barn / Project Meganom, © Yury Grigoryan
© Yury Grigoryan

© Yury Grigoryan © Yury Grigoryan © Yury Grigoryan © Yury Grigoryan +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nikolo-Lenivets, Kaluga Oblast, Russia
  • Architects in Charge

    Yury Grigoryan, Pavel Ivanchikov, Iliya Kulesov, Alexandra Pavlova, Yury Kuznezov
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

Archaeology of the Periphery: Moscow Beyond Its Center

00:00 - 10 April, 2014
Archaeology of the Periphery: Moscow Beyond Its Center

In Archaeology of the Periphery, a publication emerging out of the Moscow Urban Forum, a variety of specialists tackle the issue of a strategy for the development of Moscow's metropolitan area. As one of the best examples of urban concentric development, teams of engineers, architects, planners, economists and sociologists, studied the Russian metropolis with a pointed focus on the periphery—specifically the territory between the Third Ring Road and the Moscow Ring Road. Using an "archaeological" approach, the study reveals entrenched and hidden planning structures in order to increase the awareness and attractiveness of the periphery. Archaeology of the Periphery argues that examination of the city's fringe requires different methods of analysis than would be applied to traditional city centers.

"As the centre sets a certain quality of life and serves as a benchmark for the entire city, the high "gravitation" of the centre makes the signs of urban life invisible on the outskirts. Different optics are required in order to work with the non-central urban space. The tactic of "taking out" the centre and "sharpening the focus" on the peripheral territory will reveal what has been obscured and help identify the processes that take place, study potential, support or control the current forces at play.

The term "periphery," which is based on the opposition to a semantic centre is used in a wide range of scientific fields. The myriad of approaches underlines the ambiguity of the phenomenon and at the same time provides a base for an multidisciplinary research. This research was performed by experts in sociology (S), politics (P), architecture and urban planning (A), culture (C), economics (E) and big data (D). Methodology — SPACED — allows a broader view of the actual and potential intersections, going."

Yuri Grigoryan and Alexei Komissarov at the III Moscow Urban Forum

00:00 - 15 January, 2014

Last month we had the chance to attend to the III Moscow Urban Forum, an instance where urbanists, architects, city mayors, the real estate industry and the citizens of Moscow had an open dialogue related to the future of the city under the theme “Megacities: Success Beyond the Centre”. The forum was organized by the Government of Moscow, who invited global urban planning gurus with experience in developing suburbs, to discuss how to resolve the problems of deprived outskirts, how to transform “dead” zones in towns into socially beneficial areas for work and leisure, how make a city environmentally sound and comfortable for living at a low cost, and how to create a transport system that is convenient for its citizens.