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Moscow Urban Forum Announces Diverse List of Speakers

18:00 - 9 October, 2015
 Moscow Urban Forum Announces Diverse List of Speakers

The annual Moscow Urban Forum is right around the corner. To be held from October 16-17, the theme of this year’s forum is “Moscow as a Dynamic Megacity: Flexible Management Practices.” The forum will feature two days of conferences, exhibitions and lectures with a focus on issues surrounding the development of Moscow. While in past years the conference focused on issues related to megacities in general, this year for the first time the forum will just focus on the capital city.

“The international political situation influenced the key aspects of the country’s life, bringing internal goals and tasks to the foreground. That is why we have decided to concentrate only on the Moscow agenda this year, and to dedicate the Forum to the presentation and discussion of projects related to the capital, a search for new Moscow development centres, outlining the problems and challenges faced by the megacity during the crisis, a search for the most optimal and effective solutions for further successful development of the city,” said Marat Khusnullin, the Moscow Deputy Mayor for Urban Development and Construction and the head of the Moscow Urban Forum executive committee.

Asymptote Unveils Plans for Hermitage Museum and New Tower in Moscow

14:30 - 7 October, 2015
Asymptote Unveils Plans for Hermitage Museum and New Tower in Moscow, Hermitage Modern Contemporary. Image © Asymptote - Hani Rashid & Lise Anne Couture
Hermitage Modern Contemporary. Image © Asymptote - Hani Rashid & Lise Anne Couture

Today in Moscow, Asymptote Architecture unveiled plans for the new Hermitage Modern Contemporary, alongside a 150-meter tower planned for ZiL - the city's oldest industrial area and former Soviet automotive factory. The State Hermitage Museum's newest outpost, the 15-story satellite facility was said to be inspired by El Lissitzky's "Proun" painting, which informed the building's "terraced interior."

“With so much museum work over the years, we’ve dress-rehearsed for the Hermitage,” Hani Rashid of Asymptote told the New York Times back in July. “We’ve done a lot of thinking about how art might be seen in the future, about how the museum building itself can provoke artistic responses.”

Gallery: A Sneak Peek at Zaha Hadid's Dominion Tower in Moscow

12:30 - 25 September, 2015
Gallery: A Sneak Peek at Zaha Hadid's Dominion Tower in Moscow, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

Photographer Laurian Ghinitoiu has shared with us this sneak peek of Zaha Hadid Architects' latest completed work, the Dominion Tower in Moscow. Led by Project Director Christos Passas, the building's eight rectilinear stories are each staggered and cantilevered over the one below and feature ribbon windows with a trademark Zaha Hadid twist, while the interior features a dramatic top-lit atrium criss-crossed by stairs. Read on to see Ghinitoiu's full photo set.

OPTIMEDIA Media Agency Office / Nefa Architects

05:00 - 26 August, 2015
OPTIMEDIA Media Agency Office / Nefa Architects, © Ilya Ivanov
© Ilya Ivanov

© Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Moscow, Russia
  • Chief Architect

    Dmitry Ovcharov
  • Authors Team

    Dmitry Ovcharov, Maria Yasko
  • Architects

    Victor Kolupaev, Olga Ivleva

  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Infobox / project eleven

22:00 - 20 August, 2015
Infobox / project eleven, © Ilia Ivanov
© Ilia Ivanov

© Ilia Ivanov © Ilia Ivanov © Ilia Ivanov © Ilia Ivanov +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Moscow, Russia
  • Architects in Charge

    Igor Chirkin, Aleksey Podkidyshev
  • Landscape and Masterplan

    Asse architects
  • Area

    30.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

The Legacy of Dictatorial Architecture in our Cities

04:05 - 14 August, 2015
The Legacy of Dictatorial Architecture in our Cities, Moscow State University: one of the 'Seven Sisters'. Image © Tinou Bao
Moscow State University: one of the 'Seven Sisters'. Image © Tinou Bao

For the latest edition of The UrbanistMonocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team travel to Moscow, Portugal and Hong Kong to examine how "architecture has always been the unfortunate sidekick of any dictatorial regime." In the process they ask what these buildings actually stand for, and explore the legacy of the architecture of Fascist, Imperial and Brutalist regimes from around the world today. From the Seven Sisters in Moscow to António de Oliveira Salazar's Ministry of Internal Affairs in Lisbon, this episode asks how colonial, dictatorial and power-obsessed architecture has shaped our cities.

Examining OMA's Two Latest Venues for Contemporary Art

04:00 - 5 August, 2015
Examining OMA's Two Latest Venues for Contemporary Art, Fondazione Prada, Milan. Image © Bas Princen
Fondazione Prada, Milan. Image © Bas Princen

In an article for DesignCurial, Shumi Bose visits OMA's new galleries in Milan and Moscow: the Fondazione Prada and the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Noting that "the mythologies [between OMA and Miuccia Prada] have become inextricably intertwined" over recent years, "the purpose of [the Fondazione Prada] was to produce a range of spaces for the creation, display of and engagement with art; what results is the built realisation of a particular ethos, affording the protean OMA a return to form. And it was always going to be stylish." Bose's flowing description of the building and its spaces, which she ultimately praises as "a place which will bear return," leads into an equally compelling description of Garage for which she recognises its clear "contribution [...] in supporting, indeed composing, the very narrative of Russian contemporary art."

Pernod Ricard Rouss Office / UNK project

22:00 - 23 July, 2015
Pernod Ricard Rouss Office / UNK project, Courtesy of UNK project
Courtesy of UNK project

Courtesy of UNK project Courtesy of UNK project Courtesy of UNK project Courtesy of UNK project +37

Attic for an Architect / buro5

19:00 - 17 July, 2015
Attic for an Architect / buro5, © Luciano Spinelli
© Luciano Spinelli

© Luciano Spinelli © Luciano Spinelli © Luciano Spinelli © Luciano Spinelli +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Architect in Charge

    Boris Denisyuk
  • Area

    49.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Nikolay Polissky Creates Towering, Handcrafted Structures Across Russia

08:00 - 12 July, 2015
Nikolay Polissky Creates Towering, Handcrafted Structures Across Russia, Beaubourg (2013). Image © Ilya Ivanov
Beaubourg (2013). Image © Ilya Ivanov

Born in 1957 in Moscow, artist Nikolay Polissky creates impressive, handcrafted structures in the middle of Russia's vast landscapes. Mostly carried out in the town of Nikola Lenivets -- located 200 km from the Russian capital --  his works are built entirely by the area's residents, using local materials, such as branches, trunks and wooden tables. Traditional construction techniques are used as a starting point for the projects. 

His work is inspiring not only because of its imposing form, but also because he managed to re-activate a semi-abandoned village through art and architecture, involving residents in the creative process and transforming the region into a sort of open cultural center. Since 2003, his work has been part of Archstoyanie, the largest Land-Art festival in Russia.

Gates of Perm (2011). Image © Tima Radya Hyperboloid / Volcano (2009). Image Courtesy of Nikolay Polissky Lighthouse (2004). Image Courtesy of Nikolay Polissky Media tower (2002). Image Courtesy of Nikolay Polissky +39

The Top 10 Most Impactful Skylines

09:30 - 8 July, 2015
The Top 10 Most Impactful Skylines, Hong Kong Skyline. Image © Flickr CC user Brian H.Y
Hong Kong Skyline. Image © Flickr CC user Brian H.Y

Emporis, a German company that collects and distributes information on construction and the built environment, has released a ranking of the world’s 100 most visually impactful skylines, using statistical analysis to address a topic often made frustratingly subjective by civic pride. 

To create the rankings, Emporis used data from its archives to determine the number of high-rise buildings in the cities it studied, and applied a points system that gave each building a numerical value determined by the number of floors it has. To standardize their ranking process, the points system ignores spires and other ornament, and does not include television or antenna towers, masts, bridges, or similar architecture. 

Of the top 10 most impactful skylines, seven are in Asia, while North and South America combined have the other three. Notably, cities filled with rich architectural history fail to make the list, or fall surprisingly low in the rankings; London is number 44, Paris is ranked 66, and Rome does not make the cut. 

To see the top ten skylines, read on after the break, and click here to see Emporis' complete list.

Variant Studio's Moscow Metro Proposal: The World’s Quietest Metro Station?

06:00 - 3 July, 2015
Variant Studio's Moscow Metro Proposal: The World’s Quietest Metro Station?, Metro Platform. Image Courtesy of Variant Studio
Metro Platform. Image Courtesy of Variant Studio

When thinking of metro stations, the word quiet generally doesn’t come to mind—with all of the train and pedestrian traffic, not only is noise produced in high quantities, but it is also echoed. With this issue in mind, London-based Variant Studio created their proposal for the competition to design the new Novoperedelkino station in Moscow, Russia. Although not selected as the winning design, Variant was one of five shortlisted teams. Learn more about their silent proposal after the break. 

Metro Platform. Image Courtesy of Variant Studio Metro Tunnel. Image Courtesy of Variant Studio Courtesy of Variant Studio Courtesy of Variant Studio +17

Critical Round Up: OMA's Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

09:30 - 18 June, 2015
Critical Round Up: OMA's Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Timur Shabaev. Image © OMA
Timur Shabaev. Image © OMA

Founded in 2008 and named after the constructivist bus shelter that was its first, temporary home, the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art is Russia's first private, non-profit art foundation. Relocating from a semi-industrial neighborhood on the northern edge of Moscow to Gorky Park, the Garage Museum's conversion of a Soviet era canteen and social club into Museum of Contemporary Art by OMA has so far been overshadowed by its more glamorous OMA counterpart which opened last month, the Milanese distillery conversion for Prada. Nevertheless, since opening last Friday the Garage Museum has attracted attention for Rem Koolhaas' shift towards preservation, something that has startled the critics. Find out more about what they thought after the break.

Yuri Palmin. Image © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art Yuri Palmin. Image © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art Yuri Palmin. Image © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art David X Prutting. Image © BFA.com +6

Bagritsky / Ruetemple

03:00 - 17 June, 2015
Bagritsky / Ruetemple, © Ruetemple
© Ruetemple

© Ruetemple © Ruetemple © Ruetemple © Ruetemple +43

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Architect in Charge

    Alexander Kudimov, Daria Butahina
  • Area

    80.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

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

Courtesy of Patano Studio Architecture Courtesy of Patano Studio Architecture Courtesy of Patano Studio Architecture Courtesy of Patano Studio Architecture +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, ID, United States
  • Area

    2130.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Patano Studio Architecture

Proekt Agency / Iceoff

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

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

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Area

    108.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Iceoff

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