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Call for Entries: "Lost and Found" - Reclaiming Architecture of Nobody

15:00 - 16 August, 2017
Call for Entries: "Lost and Found" - Reclaiming Architecture of Nobody, AFAIR UI 2018 Design Competition: "Lost and Found"
AFAIR UI 2018 Design Competition: "Lost and Found"

Have you ever had the idea to occupy a space that is soulless and lacking of identity? When you are in a transitional space, for example, can your surroundings leave you any meaningful/memorable expressions or a positive impact?

Residual spaces. They are spaces of nothingness, physically and psychologically. Ironically, their widespread existence tend to be abandoned/forgotten and considered useless and hopeless.

"Lost and Found" challenges you to explore and address meaningful expressions of these spaces. How far can we dig in the potentials that correspond to the surroundings of these residual spaces? Either solving an issue or embracing a local phenomenon, architecture contributes to kick-start positive changes to our society.

Just look around you.
After all, they are just lost spaces, in need to be found.

8 Projects that Exemplify Moscow's Urban Movement

09:30 - 27 July, 2016
8 Projects that Exemplify Moscow's Urban Movement, Zaryadye Park / Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Image Courtesy of Zaryadye Park
Zaryadye Park / Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Image Courtesy of Zaryadye Park

When it comes to urbanism these days, people’s attention is increasingly turning to Moscow. The city clearly intends to become one of the world’s leading megacities in the near future and is employing all necessary means to achieve its goal, with the city government showing itself to be very willing to invest in important urban developments (though not without some criticism).

A key player in this plan has been the Moscow Urban Forum. Although the forum’s stated goal is to find adequate designs for future megacities, a major positive side-effect is that it enables the city to organize the best competitions, select the best designers, and build the best urban spaces to promote the city of Moscow. The Forum also publishes research and academic documents to inform Moscow’s future endeavors; for example, Archaeology of the Periphery, a publication inspired by the 2013 forum and released in 2014, notably influenced the urban development on the outskirts of Moscow, but also highlighted the importance of combining urban development with the existing landscape.

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art / OMA. Image © Yuri Palmin Moscow Riverfront / Project Meganom. Image Courtesy of Project Meganom Novoperedelkino Subway Station / U-R-A. Image Courtesy of U-R-A | United Riga Architects Luzhniki Stadium. Image © Flickr user bbmexplorer licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0 + 43

Moscow Urban Forum Announces This Year’s Program

06:00 - 27 June, 2016
Moscow Urban Forum Announces This Year’s Program , via Moscow Urban Forum
via Moscow Urban Forum

Last month, the eleventh edition of the Moscow Urban Forum released the topic of the 2016 forum: "Fast-Growing Megacities: Technologies for Dynamic Development." The forum will seek to answer the following questions: Why is it so important to discuss growth and development of megacities at this time? What are the rules that determine their existence? With three days to go, organizers have announced this year’s program.