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Conference: Urban Routines 2013/14

  • 00:00 - 30 June, 2014
Conference: Urban Routines 2013/14
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.

Student research, public lectures, and talks on Urban Routines constitute an attempt to figure out what the everyday life of Russian cities is made of. 

The talks of the first conference day will focus on ideal, artificial routines – from the Burning man project in the US to urban kibbutzim in Jerusalem, from the life/space organisation of the Russian architectural avant-guard to the ideal "future conditions" of private houses proposed by architects in the 1960s – and, also, on the very new routines and rituals that emerged in the Russian cities in the last few decades. 

Sociologist Boris Dubin, critic Grigory Revsin, theatre director Dmitry Volkostrelov and other speakers will discuss the precarious nature of everyday life in Russia.

Our evening guest Sessil Tolaas, an artist and a smell researcher from Norway, will talk with the conference curator Anastassia Smirnova about the 'smell-scape' of contemporary city and will demonstrate her recent olfactory creations. 

In the second day of the conference, Strelka organises a marathon of talks and lectures about amazing projects that deal with the banal, the ordinary, and the boring. Architect Winy Maas, commissar of the Japan pavilion at the 14th Venice Biennale Kayoko Ota, specialist in macro-logistics Clare Lyster and business innovation consultant David Erixon will discuss the role and potential of a designer in the world of urban routines and show how we can (re) create our own daily life.

Public presentations of Strelka student projects from the academic year 2013-2014 (studios: Cars, Offices, Retail and Dwelling) will conclude the event.

For more information and complete schedule of the two-day conference, please go to Strelka Institute's official website (first day here / second day here).

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