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Bolshevik Factory-Museum of Russian Impressionism / John McAslan + Partners

03:00 - 13 April, 2017
Bolshevik Factory-Museum of Russian Impressionism / John McAslan + Partners, © Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner

© Mikhail Rozanov © Edmund Sumner © Mikhail Rozanov © Mikhail Rozanov +30

Why Moscow's Massacre of Mass Housing Is a Huge Mistake

09:30 - 12 April, 2017
Why Moscow's Massacre of Mass Housing Is a Huge Mistake, © Max Avdeev
© Max Avdeev

The Moscow government has just launched the biggest demolition program in the city’s history. Its goal is to get rid of 8,000 5-story residential buildings constructed in the Soviet era—it is probably the biggest program of erasure of modernist architectural heritage in world history. The main assumptions of the plan, as well as the press comments following it, show that we have forgotten what modernism was about, and what the real values of this architecture are.

A few years ago I published an essay titled Belyayevo Forever, dedicated to the preservation of generic modernist architecture. I focused on Moscow’s microrayons—vast, state-funded housing estates built in the Soviet era. In the essay, I explained the spatial and cultural values these prefabricated landscapes had. I also speculated about how one would go about preserving architecture that completely lacks uniqueness. The essay ended with a provocative statement: we should put Belyayevo—the most generic of all Soviet estates—on the UNESCO heritage list.

© Max Avdeev © Max Avdeev © Max Avdeev © Max Avdeev +13

Сhampionat.com / Nefa Architects

02:00 - 12 April, 2017
Сhampionat.com / Nefa Architects, © Ilya Ivanov
© Ilya Ivanov

© Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov +26

NagatinSky / Alexey Rozenberg

02:00 - 4 April, 2017
NagatinSky / Alexey Rozenberg, © Victor Chernishev
© Victor Chernishev

© Victor Chernishev               © Victor Chernishev               © Victor Chernishev               © Victor Chernishev               +21

Sberbank Office / IND Architects

02:00 - 1 April, 2017
Sberbank Office / IND Architects , Courtesy of IND Architects
Courtesy of IND Architects

Courtesy of IND Architects Courtesy of IND Architects Courtesy of IND Architects Courtesy of IND Architects +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Architects in Charge

    Andrey Sidorov, Ravil Murakov, Vitaliy Zemlyanskiy, Aleksandra Nagornyh
  • Area

    7000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of IND Architects

These Photographs Capture the Opulent Beauty of Empty Moscow Metro Stations

12:15 - 29 March, 2017

Known as one of the world’s grandest subway systems, the Moscow Metro is filled with materials more commonly associated with palaces or museums – marble and granite walls, bronze columns, and lavish chandeliers are just a few of the opulent textures you’ll find beneath the streets of Russia’s largest city.

Despite their renown, the Moscow government almost never allows professional photographers to capture the beauty of the stations. But in 2014, photographer David Burdney was finally given that opportunity. Visiting the system late at night after the metro had closed, Burdney was able to capture each station in its best light, and completely devoid of people.

Benjamin Bratton on Artificial Intelligence, Language and "The New Normal"

06:30 - 9 February, 2017
Benjamin Bratton on Artificial Intelligence, Language and "The New Normal", Benjamin Bratton introducing The New Normal in Moscow. Image © Egor Slizyak
Benjamin Bratton introducing The New Normal in Moscow. Image © Egor Slizyak

Benjamin Bratton, Professor of Visual Arts and Director of the Center for Design at the University of California, San Diego, is the new Programme Director at Moscow's Strelka Institute. The New Normal is based on the premise that "something has shifted. [...] We are making new worlds faster than we can keep track of them, and the pace is unlikely to slow."

Have our technologies have advanced beyond our ability to conceptualize their implications? "One impulse," the course advocates, "is to pull the emergency brake and to try put all the genies back in the bottle." According to Bratton, this is hopeless. "Better instead to invest in emergence, in contingency: to map The New Normal for what it is, and to shape it toward what it should be."

Orange Business Services Office / T+T Architects

02:00 - 15 January, 2017
Orange Business Services Office / T+T Architects, © Dmitriy Yagovkin
© Dmitriy Yagovkin

© Dmitriy Yagovkin    © Dmitriy Yagovkin    © Dmitriy Yagovkin    © Dmitriy Yagovkin    +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    1st Красногвардейский проезд 15, Mercury City Tower, Moscow, Russia
  • Architect in Charge

    Sergey Truhanov, Voevodina Polina, Parfenova Yuliya, Denisova Galina, Trusova Olga.
  • Area

    5300.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

35m2 Flat / Studio Bazi

02:00 - 3 January, 2017
35m2 Flat / Studio Bazi, © Ilya Ivanov
© Ilya Ivanov

© Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Architect in Charge

    Alireza Nemati
  • Area

    35.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Sergei Tchoban: “We Cannot Avoid Looking At Architecture; Architecture Should Be Beautiful”

10:30 - 29 December, 2016
Sergei Tchoban: “We Cannot Avoid Looking At Architecture; Architecture Should Be Beautiful”, Music- & Lifestyle Hotel nhow, 2010, Berlin. Image © Thomas Spier
Music- & Lifestyle Hotel nhow, 2010, Berlin. Image © Thomas Spier

After receiving his education at the Repin Institute for Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in St. Petersburg, Sergei Tchoban moved to Germany at the age of 30. He now runs parallel practices in both Berlin and Moscow, after becoming managing partner of nps tchoban voss in 2003 and co-founding SPEECH with Sergey Kuznetsov in 2006. In 2009, the Tchoban Foundation was formed in Berlin to celebrate the lost art of drawing through exhibitions and publications. The Foundation’s Museum for Architectural Drawing was built in Berlin in 2013 to Tchoban’s design. In this latest interview for his “City of Ideas” series, Vladimir Belogolovsky spoke to Tchoban during their recent meeting in Paris about architectural identities, inspirations, the architect’s fanatical passion for drawing, and such intangibles as beauty.

Villa in Wasiljewo, 2009, near Saint Petersburg. Image © Aleksey Naroditsky Museum for Architectural Drawing, 2013, Berlin. Image © Roland Halbe Actor Galaxy, 2015, Sotchi. Image © Aleksey Naroditsky Expo Pavilion Milan, 2015, Milan. Image © Aleksey Naroditsky +45

Open International Competition for 3 Moscow Metro Stations

10:40 - 20 December, 2016
Open International Competition for 3 Moscow Metro Stations , Moscow Metrostation Map
Moscow Metrostation Map

The objective of the competition is to create unique design solutions for the interiors and entrance pavilions of three new stations of the Third Interchange Contour — "Sheremetyevskaya", "Rzhevskaya", "Stromynka".

Living Space / Ruetemple

04:00 - 12 December, 2016
Living Space / Ruetemple, Courtesy of Ruetemple
Courtesy of Ruetemple

Courtesy of Ruetemple Courtesy of Ruetemple Courtesy of Ruetemple Courtesy of Ruetemple +38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Project Team

    Alexander Kudimov, Daria Butakhina, Evgeny Dagaev
  • Area

    48.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Ruetemple

Asymptote’s Designs for Moscow Contemporary Hermitage Museum Revealed

12:00 - 9 December, 2016
Asymptote’s Designs for Moscow Contemporary Hermitage Museum Revealed, Courtesy of Asymptote Architecture
Courtesy of Asymptote Architecture

Update: We've amended the post with new images from Asymptote Architecture and new quotes from Asymptote Co-founder and Design Partner Hani Rashid.

Asymptote Architecture has revealed renderings of their design for a new Contemporary branch of the Hermitage Museum, to be located adjacent to a new residential district in the area of the former ZIL automotive plant in Moscow. Presented at the V Saint Petersburg International Cultural Forum by Asymptote Co-founder and Design Partner Hani Rashid, the museum will house a collection of contemporary art from 20th and 21st centuries.

Kengo Kuma Unveils Designs for Residential Superstructures in Moscow

12:00 - 28 November, 2016
Kengo Kuma Unveils Designs for Residential Superstructures in Moscow , © MKA
© MKA

Kengo Kuma & Associates have been tapped to design a new high-rise residential complex on Kutuzovsky Prospekt in Moscow, adjacent to the new business district of Moscow City. The project will be the first urban plan in Moscow to take the form of superstructures rather than individual buildings, and will be Kuma’s first project in the Russian Capital.

Adidas Home Of Sport / ABD architects

20:00 - 18 November, 2016
Adidas Home Of Sport / ABD architects, Courtesy of ABD architects
Courtesy of ABD architects

Courtesy of ABD architects Courtesy of ABD architects Courtesy of ABD architects Courtesy of ABD architects +49

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Area

    20000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of ABD architects

Hires Apartment Renovation / buro5

15:00 - 14 November, 2016
Hires Apartment Renovation / buro5, © Artem Ivanov
© Artem Ivanov

© Artem Ivanov     © Artem Ivanov     © Artem Ivanov     © Artem Ivanov     +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Lead Architects

    Boris Denisyuk
  • Area

    105.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

HOK + FXFOWLE + SPEECH Unveil Designs for Moscow City's Final Skyscrapers

12:20 - 14 November, 2016
HOK + FXFOWLE + SPEECH Unveil Designs for Moscow City's Final Skyscrapers, Courtesy of Renaissance Development
Courtesy of Renaissance Development

Visualizations of the last full-scale skyscrapers in Moscow’s new International Business Center (“Moscow City”) have been revealed. Designed by an international team made up of HOK (USA), FXFOWLE (USA) and SPEECH (Russia), the two “Neva Towers” will provide additional residential and office space to the skyscraper district, which includes many of Europe’s tallest structures, including Europe’s tallest building, Federation Tower (sometimes called Vostok Tower); and one of the world’s tallest twisting buildings, Evolution Tower.

Courtesy of Renaissance Development Courtesy of Renaissance Development Courtesy of Renaissance Development © Flickr user v_mats. Licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0 +4

Residential Clusters Unveiled for Moscow's New Silicon Valley

06:00 - 10 November, 2016
Residential Clusters Unveiled for Moscow's New Silicon Valley, © Agence d’Architecture A. Bechu & Associés
© Agence d’Architecture A. Bechu & Associés

In the beginning of 2010, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev announced the creation of a “Silicon Valley for Russia,” to be located in a southern suburb of Moscow, that would feature research facilities, university laboratories, start-ups, meeting hubs, and housing. After an international competition in 2011, each of the districts within this larger project was awarded to its own architect. After careful planning, Agence d’Architecture A. Bechu & Associés has unveiled its design for District 11 of the project.

Concentrating on ecological housing, this district will contain individual houses dedicated to researchers and their families, under the greater goal of positive social interactions.

© Agence d’Architecture A. Bechu & Associés © Agence d’Architecture A. Bechu & Associés © Agence d’Architecture A. Bechu & Associés © Agence d’Architecture A. Bechu & Associés +11