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"Moskva: Urban Space" Investigates the Future of Moscow's Public Realm at the 2014 Venice Biennale

In their collateral event for the debut of the Moscow pavilion at the Venice Biennale, the exhibition "Moskva: urban space" explores the historic development of public spaces and examines the city’s progress in the context of Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s winning proposal for Zaryadye Park. Curated by Sergey Kuznetsov, Chief Architect of Moscow together with Kristin Kristin Feireiss from AEDES, and organized by MCA - Moscow Committee of Architecture and Urban Development, the exhibition comes at a pivotal moment in determining the future of urban development in Moscow. As Kuznetsov states, "While the face of Moscow in the past 100 years was largely determined by the architecture of its buildings, representing political and economic developments, today’s urban singularity is based on the “connective fabric” of its public spaces that have become equally important identity-makers and contributes significantly to improving the quality of urban life for its citizens." To see photos of the exhibition by Patricia Parinejad and learn more about the story behind it, continue reading after the break.

Office of the brand agency Svoyo mneniye / za bor Architects

  • Architects: za bor Architects
  • Location: Bolshaya Tatarskaya ulitsa, 35, Moscow, Russia, 115184
  • Architect In Charge: Peter Zaytsev, Arseniy Borisenko
  • Area: 450.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of za bor Architects

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Winy Maas Selected as Curator for Strelka Institute's Upcoming Academic Year

Dutch architect Winy Maas has been selected as the curator for the Strelka Institute’s 2014-2015 academic year. One of the co-founders of Rotterdam-based firm MVRDV, Maas also lectures and teaches all over the world, most recently serving as a visiting professor of architectural design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and as a professor of architecture and urban design at Delft University of Technology.

Last Chance to Apply for Free Study at the Strelka Institute

With applications closing on the 26th of July, those wishing to apply to the prestigious Strelka Institute in Moscow need to act fast. The Strelka Institute is a non-governmental research institute with a particular focus on the City, using multidisciplinary techniques from fields as varied as sociology, economics, architecture, political and cultural studies. Since 2012, Strelka has been among DOMUS Magazine's top 100 European Schools of Design and Architecture.

Successful applicants will study at the Strelka institute for free, with each student receiving a monthly scholarship to focus on their studies.

More after the break

V Confession Agency Office / M17

  • Architects: M17
  • Location: 2-y Obydenskiy pereulok, Moscow, Russia, 119034
  • Area: 156.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: U.Palmin, Courtesy of A.Volkov

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A Provocative Possible Future for Moscow's Failing Business District

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

Ten in Shortlist to Redesign Moscow's Sokolniki Park

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

Project Meganom To Remodel Moscow's Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts

Russian practice Project Meganom have won a competition to redesign the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow. Their winning entry seeks to transform the museum complex into a hive of cultural activity, preserving the institution's world class art collection whilst "actively engaging with the surrounding territory as a potential space for exhibition, dialogue, and communication." The project focuses less on the provision of new areas but rather provides a single unified platform for a series of discordant parts, tying together all the elements of the environment into one cohesive design - "from buildings and monuments to benches and navigation."

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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

Moscow Launches Competition to Design 2 New Metro Stations

The Moscow Metropolitan is the second busiest metro line in the world, transporting 2.4 billion passengers a year. However despite this, it is a long way short of being the most extensive, with Beijing, Shanghai, London, New York, Tokyo, and Madrid all surpassing it in terms of total track length.

In order to rectify this, in 2012 Moscow launched an ambitious expansion plan, aiming to add over 150km of tracks and 70 new stations by 2020. For the first time, they have launched a competition to design two of these new stations in the South-West of the city, in the Solntsevo and Novo-Peredelkino Districts.

Read on for more about the Moscow Metro and the competition

Tsvetnoy / Project Meganom

  • Architects: Project Meganom
  • 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: Courtesy of Project Meganom, Dmitry Chistoprudov, Courtesy of Marco Zanta

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Shukhov Tower's Fate Put to a Vote

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.

Ether / Project Meganom

  • Architects: Project Meganom
  • 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
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Project Meganom, Courtesy of Marco Zanta

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Smena Fitness Club / za bor architects

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Conceptual Framework for the Development of Sokolniki Park Competition

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.

Loft Apartment / Ruetemple

  • Architects: Ruetemple
  • Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Architect In Charge: Alexander Kudimov, Daria Butahina, Natalia Gubareva
  • Area: 150.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Ruetemple

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Plans Underway for “Russian Tate Modern”

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.” 

Istra Tennis Club / Za Bor Architects

  • Architects: Za Bor Architects
  • Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Architect In Charge: Peter Zaytsev, Arseniy Borisenko
  • Area: 4890.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Za Bor Architects

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