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Skyscrapers of 2018: Soaring Beyond the Archetypal Crystal Tower

07:00 - 14 December, 2018
Skyscrapers of 2018: Soaring Beyond the Archetypal Crystal Tower, © Viktor Sukharukov
© Viktor Sukharukov

Either as singular outcroppings or as part of a bustling center, skyscrapers are neck-craning icons across major city centers in the world. A modern trope of extreme success and wealth, the skyscraper has become an architectural symbol for vibrant urban hubs and commercial powerhouses dominating cities like New York, Dubai, and Singapore.

Moscow Launches New Smart City District as a Living Lab

13:00 - 13 December, 2018
Moscow Launches New Smart City District as a Living Lab, Moscow. Image via Creative Commons
Moscow. Image via Creative Commons

The government of Moscow has begun developing an existing district in the city to test nearly 30 new ‘smart’ technologies for urban development. Home to over 8,000 people, the district is testing ideas on smart lighting, smart waste management, and smart heating. The city intends to evaluate what impact technologies bring to residents and adjust its urban renewal plan once the pilot is complete.

Studio Fuksas Wins Competition for Gelendzhik Airport in Russia

05:00 - 11 December, 2018
Studio Fuksas Wins Competition for Gelendzhik Airport in Russia, Gelendzhik Airport. Image Courtesy of Studio Fuksas
Gelendzhik Airport. Image Courtesy of Studio Fuksas

Studio Fuksas has won the competition to design the new Gelendzhik Airport in Gelendzhik, Russia. Gelendzhik is considered the third most popular resort city on the Black Sea coast. Prioritizing the landscape and an interior garden of local pine trees, the project is set to become the new gateway into the city. Inspired by the flight of birds when they change direction, the airport was made to be a new landmark for Gelendzhik.

Kleinewelt Designs a Carved Mixed-Use Housing Block for Moscow

08:00 - 8 December, 2018
Kleinewelt Designs a Carved Mixed-Use Housing Block for Moscow, Allegoria Mosca. Image Courtesy of Kleinewelt Architekten
Allegoria Mosca. Image Courtesy of Kleinewelt Architekten

Russian practice Kleinewelt Architekten have designed a mixed-use housing block for Moscow that features a carved stone-relief facade. Inspired by historic Russian chambers and Italian palazzos, the project combines a residential building with cultural spaces and social care functions. Called Allegoria Mosca, the design draws upon the site's history and features an open-air art space, conference and lecture halls, as well as a transformable exhibition hall.

Why Soviet Architecture Isn’t Russia's Answer

12:00 - 2 December, 2018
Why Soviet Architecture Isn’t Russia's Answer, © Arseniy Kotov / Shutterstock
© Arseniy Kotov / Shutterstock

Since the end of World War II, Russia’s cities have grown in a Modern Soviet style.  This prolonged use and application of the principles of architecture’s modern movement heavily affected the country’s development and urban expansion. But now,  the new generations of architecture professionals are seeking to make a change.

MVRDV Brings Minecraft to Life with RED7 Housing in Moscow

13:00 - 14 November, 2018
MVRDV Brings Minecraft to Life with RED7 Housing in Moscow, RED7. Image Courtesy of MVRDV
RED7. Image Courtesy of MVRDV

Dutch practice MVRDV have unveiled RED7, a housing project for Moscow and the firm’s first building in Russia. MVRDV won the competition to design RED7 for client GK Osnova in December 2017, and the project has been accepted by the architectural committee of Moscow. Designed with a Minecraft-like gradient of blocks, the project was inspired by its neighboring context. As a symbolic gateway into the city center, the design will include 289 apartments with external terraces and expansive views of Moscow's skyline.

Zaha Hadid Architects Among Firms Chosen for Russian Mega-Smart City

11:00 - 8 November, 2018
Zaha Hadid Architects Among Firms Chosen for Russian Mega-Smart City, © Flying Architecture
© Flying Architecture

Zaha Hadid Architects, working in collaboration with Russia-based TPO Pride Architects has been selected as one of three consortiums to realize the Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye neighborhood in the West of the Russian capital Moscow.

The Faded Pastel Facades of Russia

12:00 - 28 October, 2018
The Faded Pastel Facades of Russia, © Maria Gonzalez
© Maria Gonzalez

During our past trips to Russia - in cities such as Moscow, Kaliningrad, Belgorod and even Grozny, the capital of the Chechen Republic - we documented the subtle pastel exteriors found in several cities around the world’s largest country. From neoclassical, to modernist and brutalist buildings, to public spaces and urban intra-structures such as metros, bridges and squares, pastel colors stand out as an essential, cohesive part of Russian identity. See a small selection of pastel-colored urban images below.

Zaha Hadid Architects Proposal Shortlisted For Sverdlovsk Philharmonic, But Uncertainty Over Buildability Remains

04:00 - 26 October, 2018
Zaha Hadid Architects Proposal Shortlisted For Sverdlovsk Philharmonic, But Uncertainty Over Buildability Remains, Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

To activate the historical and cultural significance of music in the city of Yekaterinburg, a design competition to create a new concert hall was announced earlier in April. From the 47 proposals that were submitted, the top three architectural concepts were recently selected by the jury committee, awarding first place to Zaha Hadid Architects, and the two runner-up positions to Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners and Robert Gutowski Architects respectively.

Orange Architects + KCAP Create a Golden City Block for St. Petersburg in Russia

03:30 - 12 October, 2018
Orange Architects + KCAP Create a Golden City Block for St. Petersburg in Russia, Golden City. Image Courtesy of KCAP and Orange Architects
Golden City. Image Courtesy of KCAP and Orange Architects

Orange Architects + KCAP have created a Golden City Block for St. Petersburg, Russia. Bordering the Finnish Gulf, the new urban development is part of Vasilievsky Island. Three of Orange and KCAP's projects in the development are already underway, including the towers of block 6, as well as construction for block 7 and block 8. Inspired by the morphology and structure of St. Petersburg’s city center, the design utilizes urban blocks with enclosed gardens and courtyards.

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