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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

Reveley Classroom Building / Patano Studio Architecture

14:00 - 15 May, 2015
Reveley Classroom Building / Patano Studio Architecture, Courtesy of Patano Studio Architecture
Courtesy of Patano Studio Architecture
  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, ID, United States
  • Area

    2130.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Patano Studio Architecture

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Proekt Agency / Iceoff

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

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Area

    108.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Iceoff

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

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

URALCHEM HEADQUARTERS / Pedra Silva Arquitectos

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

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

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
  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia, 125009
  • Architects in Charge

    Harry Nuriev, Olga Boris, Dmitry Vorontsov
  • Area

    168.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

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

Competition Entry: WE architecture and CREO ARKITEKTER A/S' Proposal for New Medical Center Moscow

09:00 - 11 March, 2015
Competition Entry: WE architecture and CREO ARKITEKTER A/S' Proposal for New Medical Center Moscow, Courtesy of WE architecture
Courtesy of WE architecture

WE architecture and CREO ARKITEKTER A/S have won one of three prizes in the first phase of an invited competition to design a new Moscow Medical Center. Combining the functionalism of today's healthcare with the humanistic qualities of past architecture, the proposal introduces a facility fine-tuned for those inside.

Learn more about the proposal, after the break.

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Last Call: Architects Summoned to Envision Public Space for Moscow’s Kristall City

17:00 - 22 February, 2015
Last Call: Architects Summoned to Envision Public Space for Moscow’s Kristall City, © CENTER Agency of Strategic Development
© CENTER Agency of Strategic Development

Architects interested in proposing ideas for a new public space in Kristall City, a former territory of legendary Moscow distillery, have until Tuesday (February 24) to submit applications. Organized by KRAYS development and the CENTER Agency of Strategic Development, the competition is calling on all architects and designers to consider three sites to host the cities premier public space. The newly developed area aims to “share the future look of the quarter” and establish a “new type of public space made out of form industrial city territories. Learn more and apply, here

"A Message to Everybody": The Red Square Pavilion Winners on Encouraging Tolerance with Architecture

01:00 - 16 February, 2015
"A Message to Everybody": The Red Square Pavilion Winners on Encouraging Tolerance with Architecture, Courtesy of HMMD
Courtesy of HMMD

Announced in the summer of 2014 the Red Square Tolerance Pavilion, an international ideas competition organized by HMMD, was a deliberately provocative proposal before any teams had even entered - a statement planned in an envronment where tolerance is an increasingly urgent topic, for people both inside and outside Russia. In this interview, originally published by Strelka Magazine, the Italian winners of the competition discuss their proposal and its response to this charged context.

This January the winners of the ‘Red Square Tolerance Pavilion’ competition that was organised by international organisation HMMD were announced. The first prize was given to a team of architects from Italy. Their bold and daring project proposed to build the pavilion right against the Kremlin wall. Strelka Magazine caught up with Kiana Jalali, Marco Merigo, Alessandro Vitale and Matteo Pagani to discuss fluidity of space, the symbolism behind their design and the media image of Russia.

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A Wilderness in the City: How Diller Scofidio + Renfro's Zaryadye Park Could Help Fix Moscow

00:00 - 15 February, 2015
A Wilderness in the City: How Diller Scofidio + Renfro's Zaryadye Park Could Help Fix Moscow , Courtesy of Zaryadye Park
Courtesy of Zaryadye Park

In late 2013, Diller Scofidio + Renfro won first prize in the international competition to design Zaryadye Park, Moscow's first new park in 50 years. The project is a headliner in a series of high-profile schemes that aim to improve the city's green space, including the renovation of Gorky Park and the recently revealed plans for the Moscow River. This article, originally published by The Calvert Journal as part of their How to Fix Moscow series examines how DS+R's urban "wilderness" will impact the city.

In a 2010 interview, the critic and historian Grigory Revzin complained that Muscovites wishing to "walk in parks and get pleasure from the city" would have to "come out into the streets" before anything was done. Hoping that architects would respond to the problem, one of Revzin's suggestions was a park to replace the site of Hotel Rossiya, which had become overgrown since being abandoned in 2007. This wild area in the city centre was, in fact, a harbinger of what is to come: Zaryadye Park, Moscow's first new park in 50 years, which the American design studio Diller Scofidio+Renfro won the international competition to design in November 2013.

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Bulka Cafe and Bakery / Crosby Studios

01:00 - 12 February, 2015
Bulka Cafe and Bakery / Crosby Studios, © Evgeny Evgrafov
© Evgeny Evgrafov
  • Architects

  • Location

    Gorky Institute, Moscow, Russia, 123104
  • Chief Architect

    Harry Nuriev
  • Landscape Architect

    Anna Andreeva
  • Area

    228.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Evgeny Evgrafov © Evgeny Evgrafov © Evgeny Evgrafov © Evgeny Evgrafov +20

City ID and Billings Jackson's Maps Hope to Make Moscow More Legible

00:00 - 20 January, 2015
City ID and Billings Jackson's Maps Hope to Make Moscow More Legible, © Ivan Anisimov
© Ivan Anisimov

Any system is only as good as its weakest link. A public transport system can have all manner of souped up trains, glamorous transport hubs and turbo-buses, but this can all be for nothing if one station has a confusing layout that unintentionally directs passengers onto the wrong route. For something as interconnected as a transport network, continuous and steady passenger flow is absolutely crucial. With this is mind, the Moscow Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development, commissioned City ID - a firm known for their wayfinding solutions in cities such as Bristol and New York - and their frequent collaborator Billings Jackson Design to develop a new system of smart signage for the city.

© Ivan Anisimov Sign for the Moscow Wayfinding System. Image © Ivan Anisimov Sign for the Moscow Wayfinding System. Image © Ivan Anisimov Sign for the Moscow Wayfinding System. Image © Ivan Anisimov +10

Leo Burnett Moscow / Nefa Architects

01:00 - 19 January, 2015
Leo Burnett  Moscow / Nefa Architects, © Alexey Knyazev
© Alexey Knyazev
  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Chief Architect

    Dmitry Ovcharov
  • Authors Team

    Dmitry Ovcharov, Maria Yasko
  • Architects in charge

    Victor Kolupaev, Olga Ivleva

  • Area

    8800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Alexey Knyazev © Alexey Knyazev © Alexey Knyazev © Alexey Knyazev +18

Rem Koolhaas and Dasha Zhukova: “Art Partners” Reinventing Moscow's Garage Museum

00:00 - 12 January, 2015
Rem Koolhaas and Dasha Zhukova: “Art Partners” Reinventing Moscow's Garage Museum, February Cover . Image © WSJ. Magazine
February Cover . Image © WSJ. Magazine

Rem Koolhaas and art philanthropist Dasha Zhukova will be gracing the WSJ. Magazine’s February cover as “art partners” embarking on a transformation that will turn a ruined Brezhnev-era Communist landmark - the Vremena Goda in Moscow’s Gorky Park - into the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art’s new home. “The building is basically a found object,” said Koolhaas, regarding his “raw” design and intent to preserve the structure’s decay. “We are embracing it as it is.” 

Red Square Tolerance Pavilion Competition Winners Unveiled

01:00 - 10 January, 2015
Red Square Tolerance Pavilion Competition Winners Unveiled, Space-ing Walls. Image Courtesy of HMMD
Space-ing Walls. Image Courtesy of HMMD

The results of the Red Square Tolerance Pavilion Competition, hosted by Homemade Dessert (HMMD), have been announced. Placed directly in the center of Moscow's Red Square, the competition asked designers to advocate the many facets of tolerance (social, religious, and political) by manifesting them in the form of a temporary pavilion. To further enhance these ideas, the pavilion is not only a symbolic space, but an educational one, with lecture halls and exhibition areas as its program, encouraging entrants to promote tolerance in all aspects of their designs.

View the winning designs after the break.

The Red Prism. Image Courtesy of HMMD The Bending Galleries. Image Courtesy of HMMD Space-ing Walls. Image Courtesy of HMMD The Red Prism interior. Image Courtesy of HMMD +6

The Growth Of "Hipster Stalinism" In Areas Of Moscow

00:00 - 16 December, 2014
The Growth Of "Hipster Stalinism" In Areas Of Moscow, Door19 / P H. D. Image Courtesy of ArtKvartal
Door19 / P H. D. Image Courtesy of ArtKvartal

In an article for The Guardian, Maryam Omidi explores Moscow's Door19, a place where "Damien Hirst and David LaChapelle artworks adorn the raw concrete walls," "flair bartenders serve up gem-coloured cocktails," and "a rotation of Michelin-starred chefs flown in from around the world curate new menus each week." It is indicative, she argues, of what Kuba Snopek (a lecturer at the Strelka Institute) describes as "hipster Stalinism" - a surge of redevelopment in certain parts of Moscow that cater to the 'oligarchs', wealthy creatives and Muscovite 'hipsters'. At Door19, for example, apartments sell for between $15,000 and $20,000 per square metre.

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