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"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

Nefa Architects Chosen to Redesign Moscow’s Solntsevo Metro Station

00:00 - 5 December, 2014
Nefa Architects Chosen to Redesign Moscow’s Solntsevo Metro Station, Courtesy of Nefa Architects
Courtesy of Nefa Architects

Moscow-based architectural studio Nefa Architects (Nefaresearch) have been chosen to redesign the Solntsevo metro station. Their project, which is designed to “create a solar spray effect” on the station’s subterranean platform, won an international competition whose winners were ultimately chosen by Moscow’s citizens.

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U-R-A Chosen to Redesign Moscow's Novoperedelkino Subway Station

00:00 - 24 November, 2014
U-R-A Chosen to Redesign Moscow's Novoperedelkino Subway Station, © U-R-A | United Riga Architects
© U-R-A | United Riga Architects

More than 300,000 Moscow citizens have chosen U-R-A | United Riga Architects to redesign the Novoperedelkino metro station. Aiming to revive the tradition of unique designs for Moscow metro stations, the winning scheme plans to illuminate the underground station with a series of lighted metal panels perforated with archetypal Moscow motifs.

© U-R-A | United Riga Architects © U-R-A | United Riga Architects © U-R-A | United Riga Architects © U-R-A | United Riga Architects +12

Stampsy & IO Studio / Archiproba

01:00 - 3 November, 2014
Stampsy & IO Studio / Archiproba, © Olya Eichenbaum
© Olya Eichenbaum
  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Architect in Charge

    Tamara Muradova
  • Area

    400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Olya Eichenbaum © Olya Eichenbaum © Olya Eichenbaum © Olya Eichenbaum +39

E:MG Advertising Agency / VOX Architects

01:00 - 21 October, 2014
E:MG Advertising Agency / VOX Architects, © Alexey Knyazev
© Alexey Knyazev
  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Architect in Charge

    Boris Voskoboynikov
  • Area

    12000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Alexey Knyazev © Alexey Knyazev © Alexey Knyazev © Alexey Knyazev +19

Door19 / P H. D

01:00 - 17 October, 2014
Door19 / P H. D, Courtesy of ArtKvartal
Courtesy of ArtKvartal
  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Area

    460.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of ArtKvartal

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Reimagining 448 Local Libraries in Moscow, One Space at a Time

01:00 - 3 October, 2014
Reimagining 448 Local Libraries in Moscow, One Space at a Time, Interior Collage - #185. Image © SVESMI
Interior Collage - #185. Image © SVESMI

SVESMI, an unassuming studio based in central Rotterdam, is at the center of a dauntingly complex project that may eventually see the renovation of 448 dilapidated and disused branch libraries in Moscow. Architects Anastassia Smirnova and Alexander Sverdlov balance their time between Rotterdam, which acts as their design studio, and Moscow from which, alongside architects Maria Kataryan and Pavel Rueda, they oversee the project at large. Faced by the potential challenge of reimagining over 450 public 'living rooms' spread across the Russian capital and demanding unusually high levels of spatial articulation and social understanding, the Open Library project is also unwinding the hidden narrative of Moscow’s local libraries.

Interior Collage - Dostoyevsky Library. Image © SVESMI Interior of Library - #127. Image © SVESMI Interior Collage - #185. Image © SVESMI Interior Collage - Library #127. Image © SVESMI +23

Around Fireplace / Ruetemple

01:00 - 29 September, 2014
Courtesy of Ruetemple
Courtesy of Ruetemple
  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Design Team

    Alexander Kudimov, Daria Butahina
  • Area

    60.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Ruetemple

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Groundlab + WOWHAUS Chosen to Redesign Moscow’s Largest Park

01:00 - 24 September, 2014
Groundlab + WOWHAUS Chosen to Redesign Moscow’s Largest Park , © Groundlab, WOWHAUS and Urbanica, courtesy of Moscow Culture Department
© Groundlab, WOWHAUS and Urbanica, courtesy of Moscow Culture Department

Groundlab, WOWHAUS and Urbanica have been announced as winners of an international competition to redesign Sokolniki Park, Moscow’s largest park. Over the next 15 years, their 515 hectare masterplan, "Sokolniki. Nature's embassy in Moscow," will focus on preserving the 19th century park’s unique natural landscape as an extension of the Losiny Ostrov nature park by dividing it into three zones: Forest, Forest Park and Regular Park. 

Images of the winning design, after the break.

ASTOC and HPP Selected to Masterplan Moscow’s New Finance Center

00:00 - 18 September, 2014
ASTOC and HPP Selected to Masterplan Moscow’s New Finance Center, © Team Moscow: ASTOC / HPP
© Team Moscow: ASTOC / HPP

ASTOC and HPP have been announced as winners of a two-stage competition to masterplan “New Moscow’s” International Financial Center (IFC) in Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye. The phased, 460 hectare development will capitalize on the Moscow River’s greenbelt by extending the river landscape throughout the IFC to achieve a balance between nature and city. 

More information, images and a video about the winning proposal, after the break…