Archinect - News 2016-10-23T02:22:07-04:00 Strelka Institute announces enrollment campaign for postgraduate education programme Sponsor 2016-10-04T14:40:00-04:00 >2016-10-10T00:20:31-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=1004&amp;utm_campaign=thenewnormal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=1004&amp;utm_campaign=thenewnormal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Strelka Institute</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p><em>During the new academic year Strelka students will answer the question: &lsquo;What has become &ldquo;The New Normal&rdquo; in the modern world?&rsquo;</em></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Strelka Institute</a> for architecture, media and design launched <a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=1004&amp;utm_campaign=thenewnormal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the enrollment campaign</a> for the postgraduate education program. The theme of the 7th academic year at Strelka is The New Normal.</p><p>Research will focus on the new contemporary condition, which has emerged because of the rapid development of technology &mdash; including machine intelligence, biotechnology, automation, alternative spaces created in VR and AR &mdash; and define new paths for urban design and development.</p><p><strong>The New Normal is:</strong></p><ul><li>30 international students from Russia and abroad</li><li>monthly stipend of $600</li><li>5 months from February 2017 to July 2017</li><li>for experts in media, architecture, design, urbanism, creative industries (artists, scenarists, writers, filmakers), and other fields like software studies, digital media, social sciences</li><li>in English</li></ul><p>Students will learn the met...</p> Restricted Areas: abandoned Soviet structures photographed in all their eerie beauty Alexander Walter 2016-07-25T20:24:00-04:00 >2016-07-30T01:01:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Danila Tkachenko is a Russian photographer whose series Restricted Areas crystallises the tendencies of many artists working on themes of the post-Soviet space. As Calvert 22&rsquo;s Power and Architecture season demonstrates, there is a healthy interest in the abandoned or neglected buildings that once served as landmarks of Soviet ambition: the rack and ruin of utopia. What sets Tkachenko apart is the unforgiving simplicity of his compositions.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>All photos from&nbsp;Danila Tkachenko's&nbsp;series&nbsp;<em>Restricted Areas</em>. For far more of these beauties, head over to <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Calvert Journal</a></em>.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New photo book documents the beautifully outlandish architecture of Soviet bus stops</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Haunting beauty: Alexander Gronsky photographs Russia's polluted North</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Creepy Photos of Russia&rsquo;s Crumbling Communist Architecture</a></li></ul> Moscow's own version of Pokémon Go will let you "catch" famous figures from Russian history Alexander Walter 2016-07-25T13:46:00-04:00 >2016-09-21T13:01:09-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Moscow City Hall has announced the launch of its own version of online game &ldquo;Pokemon Go.&rdquo; Russians will be asked to find and "catch" historical figures in the streets of the capital via an app called &ldquo;Know Moscow.Photo.&rdquo; [...] people will be able to catch and take a selfie with [...] Yury Gagarin, Alexander Pushkin, Pyotr Chaikovsky, [founder of the first Russian university] Mikhail Lomonosov, Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte and the tsar Aleksei Mikhailovich,&rdquo; [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">No, Pok&eacute;mon Go is not an urban fantasy for the new flaneur</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moscow's metro expansion moves ahead of schedule</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moscow's iconic Shukhov Tower added to World Monuments Fund Watch List</a></li></ul> Russian government wants to build its own Hyperloop, with China's help Justine Testado 2016-06-17T18:00:00-04:00 >2016-06-18T11:48:26-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The government of Russia has announced a desire to build a 70km Hyperloop line on its Pacific Coast to link the port of Zarubino with China&rsquo;s Jilin province, but wants China to help fund it. The link would be part of Russia&rsquo;s plan to develop a series of transport corridors between its Primorye region and northeast China...The project&rsquo;s cost has been estimated at about $500m...the ministry would try to interest China in co-financing the link as part of its Silk Road grand strategy.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Hyperloop as transportation&rsquo;s new girlfriend: mysterious, unencumbered, exciting, expensive.'</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group + AECOM join forces with Hyperloop</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop hopefuls turn to 'passive' maglev technology</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT and TU Delft emerge victorious at Hyperloop competition; Elon Musk drops hint about "electric jets"</a></p> Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: Uruguay's underground, Germany's construction site, Britain's housekeeping and more from the national pavilions Andrea Dietz 2016-05-27T13:40:00-04:00 >2016-06-03T00:45:12-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>May 26, 2016</em></p><p>Aravena&rsquo;s Biennale for architecture to give a damn might imply a specific kind of project, but, after one day on the ground, it is clear that there is no one way for it to respond. For one thing, there is a truly incomprehensible quantity of material to cover. The volume alone speaks to the complex of energy and passion coming worldwide from the discipline. After an incomplete first pass around the Giardini and a tactical visit to the Arsenale, Venice&rsquo;s two main Biennale sites, I am struck by the inconsistency and individuality across and within these many contributions. Noteworthy trends may, at some point, emerge from the crowd, but, for now, I can list a few, non-representative soundbites only:</p><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">US Pavilion, &ldquo;The Architectural Imagination,&rdquo;</a> gives us architecture as we have come to expect it. Through twelve proposals for four Detroit sites, it posits the speculative as the instrument of societal uplift, offering up wild thinking as the means of igniting change. It do...</p> Goodbye to public anonymity? This new Russian face-recognition app may spell its end Nicholas Korody 2016-05-18T17:06:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:49:13-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="449" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If the founders of a new face recognition app get their way, anonymity in public could soon be a thing of the past. FindFace, launched two months ago and currently taking Russia by storm, allows users to photograph people in a crowd and work out their identities, with 70% reliability. It works by comparing photographs to profile pictures on Vkontakte, a social network popular in Russia and the former Soviet Union, with more than 200 million accounts.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"In future, the designers imagine a world where people walking past you on the street could find your social network profile by sneaking a photograph of you, and shops, advertisers and the police could pick your face out of crowds and track you down via social networks."</em></p><p>For related content:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">France moves to block Tor, ban free and public Wi-Fi</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYPD admits to using "Stringrays," military tech that sweeps up cell data</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anti-Surveillance Camouflage for Your Face</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to the Hudson Yards, c. 2019: the world's most ambitious "smart city" experiment</a></li></ul> Moscow's metro expansion moves ahead of schedule Nicholas Korody 2016-05-11T17:14:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T23:11:52-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The&nbsp;already rapid expansion of&nbsp;the Moscow metro may be picking up steam, if a&nbsp;flurry of&nbsp;announcements in&nbsp;recent days is to&nbsp;be believed. A&nbsp;brand-new portion of&nbsp;the Butovskaya metro line, which will link the&nbsp;southernmost stations of&nbsp;the orange and&nbsp;gray Lines, may be open to&nbsp;the public by&nbsp;the end of&nbsp;this week, Deputy Mayor Marat Khusnullin said Friday, RIA Novosti reported.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The new line will include three stations &mdash; Ulitsa Starokachalovskaya, with a transfer to the gray line station Bulvar Dmitria Donskogo, Lesoparkovaya and Bitsevsky Park, which connects to the orange line station Novoyasenevskaya."</em></p><p>Moscow is in the midst of a major infrastructure-overhaul, with plans to increase the number of stations by nearly 40% by 2020. And, if the reports are correct, they're way ahead of schedule.</p><p>The master plan includes some 79 new stations, radically changing the city and how people get around in it.</p><p>More Muscovite news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moscow's iconic Shukhov Tower added to World Monuments Fund Watch List</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Russian pedestrian infrastructure that teaches you a thing about avant-garde art</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano Building Workshop redesigns Moscow power station into art site</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moscow skaters reclaiming hidden spaces on top of Soviet-era buildings</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Owen Hatherley on the mass housing history of Moscow&rsquo;s suburbs</a></li></ul> On the rapid privatization of public space in post-communist cities Alexander Walter 2016-04-21T15:12:00-04:00 >2016-04-21T15:14:22-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From 1917 to 1991 in the former Russian Empire, and from 1945 to 1989 in the countries it dominated after the war, there was no real private ownership. No landowners, no developers, no &ldquo;placemakers&rdquo; - in half of Europe. Did this mean public space was done differently, and are attitudes to it different in those countries? [...] observed more closely, public space here is every bit as complex as it is elsewhere in Europe.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Owen Hatherley on a Stalinist city's efforts to "de-communize"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New East is where western starchitect dreams come true (or turn into nightmares)</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman on Public Squares</a></li></ul> The enclosure to dismantle Chernobyl's nuclear reactor is complete Julia Ingalls 2016-04-07T13:07:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T00:38:09-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This month marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. On April 26, 1986, technicians conducting a test inadvertently caused reactor number four to explode... Reuters reports that a huge recently-completed enclosure called the New Safe Confinement&mdash;the world's largest land-based moving structure&mdash;will be &ldquo;pulled slowly over the site later this year to create a steel-clad casement to block radiation and allow the remains of the reactor to be dismantled safely.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although it sounds like an early aughts indie band name, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Safe Confinement</a> structure over Chernobyl's reactor number four is finally complete, constructed at an estimated cost of&nbsp;&euro;1.5 billion. Meanwhile, neighboring city and officially uninhabitable Pripyat has become a hauntingly photogenic ghost town, as captured in these photos:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For what else is going on in Chernobyl:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walking Tours of Chernobyl</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sunny Chernobyl': Beauty In A Haze Of Pollution</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Agricultural De-Radiation in Chernobyl</a></li></ul> Owen Hatherley on a Stalinist city's efforts to "de-communize" Alexander Walter 2016-03-24T14:34:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T00:44:12-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The largest remaining statue of Lenin in Ukraine was removed from its pedestal in Zaporizhia last week, the latest victim of the Ukrainian ban on Soviet symbols. But how do you go about &ldquo;de-communising&rdquo; an almost entirely Stalinist city?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Owen Hatherley on Kiev's struggle with its Soviet architectural heritage</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Owen Hatherley on the mass housing history of Moscow&rsquo;s suburbs</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moscow skaters reclaiming hidden spaces on top of Soviet-era buildings</a></li></ul> Moscow's iconic Shukhov Tower added to World Monuments Fund Watch List Alexander Walter 2016-03-21T13:32:00-04:00 >2016-04-04T22:49:56-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Shukhov Tower, a 1920s broadcast transmission tower in Moscow that is a landmark of modernist structural engineering, has been placed on the 2016 World Monuments Fund Watch list of endangered global cultural heritage sites. Activists in Moscow organized two days of events over the weekend to observe the tower&rsquo;s 94th birthday [...] At a Kremlin meeting last December, Mr. Putin praised activists for rallying to save cultural heritage sites and dressed down officials for not doing enough.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The&nbsp;Shukhov Tower, also known as Shabolovka Tower,&nbsp;previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Russia's Shukhov Tower is saved following a 91% smartphone vote in favor of keeping it</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moscow Puts Iconic Shukhov Tower on Protected Landmark List</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects Try to Save a Tower in Moscow</a></li></ul> Best snow + ice architecture, 2016 edition Julia Ingalls 2016-01-27T14:35:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T23:25:47-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In China each year, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harbin Ice and Snow Festival</a> features both buildings and sculptures constructed entirely of ice and snow, which are augmented with nighttime illumination. Here are a few highlights from this year's festival:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>China doesn't have a lockdown on spectacular ice and snow architecture. The Pyotr Yeropkin-designed 20 meter tall by 50 meter wide Russian Ice Palace, which has been reconstructed every year since 2005 (although the design dates back to 1740) in St. Petersburg, has interior spaces with custom ice furniture:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quebec's Hotel de Glace</a> offers a functional, if chilly, opportunity to experience ice and snow architecture. Each year, guests can stay inside one of its 44 rooms (some of which come with seemingly oxymoronic amenities, like a fireplace):</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Lastly, there is the SnowCastle of Kemi by the Gulf of Bothnia in Finland, which is constructed annually and features an accompanying SnowRestaurant, SnowChapel, and SnowHotel. The SnowCastle's official website is carefu...</p> The New East is where western starchitect dreams come true (or turn into nightmares) Alexander Walter 2016-01-07T14:00:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T01:27:42-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The rise of international architecture competitions has given western architects an opportunity to make their mark on eastern Europe and Central Asia [...] Regardless of record-high fees, some of their projects are being cancelled half-way through or take a good decade to build. But the ones that are brought to life often become some of the most recognised works of its authors. For starchitects the miles between eastern Europe and Central Asia is the place where dreams and ambitions come true.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Azerbaijan counts human cost of architecture</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha's Baku win ignites protests over forced eviction and suspicions over worker's rights and human trafficking</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Who&rsquo;s Winning the Architecture Arms Race?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Kazakhstan, a Shimmering Skyline on the Steppe</a></li></ul> Forget it, Jake, it's Antarctica: nations jostle to establish influence at the world's end Julia Ingalls 2015-12-30T12:48:00-05:00 >2016-01-17T00:47:48-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>More than a century has passed since explorers raced to plant their flags at the bottom of the world, and for decades to come this continent is supposed to be protected as a scientific preserve, shielded from intrusions like military activities and mining. But an array of countries are rushing to assert greater influence here, with an eye not just toward the day those protective treaties expire, but also for the strategic and commercial opportunities that exist right now.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Water, oil, krill: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Antarctica</a> isn't just an ice-locked science station any longer, but a giant potential resource center hotly pursued by several strategic-thinking nations. Is the pursuit of scientific inquiry being stripped away in favor of the extraction of raw materials? Um, it would appear so, at least according to this <a href=";contentCollection=Magazine&amp;module=MostPopularFB&amp;version=Full&amp;region=Marginalia&amp;src=me&amp;pgtype=article&amp;_r=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Times article</a> which predicts changes in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Europe</a>-plus-sized continent's status: "The treaty banning mining here, shielding coveted reserves of iron ore, coal and chromium, is expected to come up for review by 2048 and could be challenged before then."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Russian pedestrian infrastructure that teaches you a thing about avant-garde art Alexander Walter 2015-11-18T18:25:00-05:00 >2015-11-30T22:29:12-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="417" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Pedestrian crossings made up of fragments of famous works of avant-garde art have appeared in a residential area in the Russian city of Khimki, located just northwest of Moscow. Fragments of the work of Piet Mondrian, Kazimir Malevich and Vasily Kandinsky feature on five pedestrian crossings in the &ldquo;Gorod Naberezhniy&rdquo; complex, chosen for their frequent use. Together with the zebra stripes, there are signs which provide information about the artwork and artist.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New photo book documents the beautifully outlandish architecture of Soviet bus stops</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Humanizing street design with 'shared space'</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Follow the yellow wooden road into Rotterdam's new Luchtsingel pedestrian park</a></li></ul> Neutelings Riedijk Architects propose these flamboyant golden glass and steel towers for defunct Moscow auto plant Alexander Walter 2015-10-15T13:31:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T15:23:12-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="518" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Developers have released design plans for the housing element of the Moscow ZiL industrial zone redevelopment. According to RBK Realty magazine, nine architecture firms from Russia, the USA and the Netherlands will be working on housing in the redevelopment of the former automobile&nbsp;factory, located in the south of Moscow. [...] The building presented by Dutch agency Neutelings Riedijk Architecten consists of 10 towers, each with a golden glass and steel facade.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While the grand <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ZiL redevelopment</a> scheme includes various buildings assigned to architectural firms including&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Asymptote Architecture</a>,&nbsp;bureau Speech and&nbsp;Sergey Skuratov Architects, it's Dutch studio&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neutelings Riedijk Architecten</a>'s exuberant, soviet-chic, and certified blingy towers that caught our attention.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"The new high-rise building consists of five connected premium residential towers on top of a three stories high public plinth building with shopping, health spa and restaurant facilities," the architects told us. "The facade has a striking tectonic surface composed of diamond shaped, steel/glass elements. The plinth building is organized around a central court, covered with a spectacular glass dome. The building is located alongside the park, at the new main boulevard, adjacent to the future Hermitage Moscow museum."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>All images&nbsp;&copy; Neutelings Riedijk Architecten icw Project Meganom</em></p><p>Previously on Archinect:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Asymptote to design Hermitage satellite museum in abandoned Moscow factory</a></p>... New photo book documents the beautifully outlandish architecture of Soviet bus stops Alexander Walter 2015-09-04T14:46:00-04:00 >2015-09-04T15:34:35-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In western Europe, the bus stop is the most humble of building types, a meanly utilitarian structure that adds little or nothing to the roadside. But in the old Soviet empire, from the shores of the Black Sea to the Kazakh steppe, the norm is &ldquo;wild going on savage&rdquo;, as Jonathan Meades writes in a beautiful new photobook featuring 159 bus stops, each illuminating &ldquo;the Soviet empire&rsquo;s taste for the utterly fantastical&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Find more of these beauties photographed by Christopher Herwig for the new book <em>Soviet Bus Stops</em>&nbsp;over at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>The Guardian</em></a>.</p><p>Related stories on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Community Bus Stops Transform Brazil</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Class Architects Design Bus Stops in Austria</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Tech Bus Stop in Paris by Patrick Jouin</a></li></ul> Moscow skaters reclaiming hidden spaces on top of Soviet-era buildings Alexander Walter 2015-09-03T13:28:00-04:00 >2015-09-06T23:55:27-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="498" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Moscow's landscape is filled with Soviet-era buildings, many of them shuttered after the privatisation programme of the Nineties. Built for the people's benefit, they are now shut away off from public access, patrolled by security guards, most of whom never dream of exploring the upper floors. But it is the roof of the Moscow pavilion that brings us here. Because of its concave shape the roof looks like a giant skate ramp. My friends and I want to see if it can perform like one too.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Calvert Journal</em></a> for many more stunning photos by&nbsp;Pasha Volkov.</p><p>In other <em>daring-Russian-kids</em> news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skywalking - hacking architecture in Russia</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hong Kong, from the perspective of crazy, fearless Russian kids</a></li></ul> Contemporary wooden architecture celebrates revival in Russia and Ukraine Alexander Walter 2015-08-25T15:15:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T14:54:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="417" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Wood fell out of fashion as a building material in the Soviet Union in favour of concrete. Now, architects across the new east are returning to wood for its many qualities including cost-effectiveness and sustainability. [...] &ldquo;Urban wooden architecture is something completely different. It is for the people, without any kind of pretensions for the long-term. It has no direct economic benefit, but it promotes unity and healthy communication.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The topic of <em>wood</em> in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Wood" Pinterest Board</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rise of the wooden skyscrapers: "Where all you need is a giant allen key to put it together."</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bali&rsquo;s fascinating bamboo architecture</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wooden textiles &amp; low-poly landscapes</a></li></ul> Owen Hatherley on the mass housing history of Moscow’s suburbs Alexander Walter 2015-06-22T15:23:00-04:00 >2015-06-23T20:49:32-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The ideals of Novye Cheryomushki may have died, but its methods and techniques remain &mdash;&nbsp;having managed to make some people very wealthy. Moscow suburbia is not so much the remnants of a great experiment, perhaps, but suburbia like any other suburbia &mdash;&nbsp;a place of dreams and boredom, great ideas being implemented and then slowly crushed.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Koolhaas-designed Garage Museum pavilion prepares for grand opening Alexander Walter 2015-06-09T19:36:00-04:00 >2015-06-15T21:17:24-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dasha Zhukova&rsquo;s Garage Museum for Contemporary Art is due to open the doors of its new $27m home in Gorky Park to invited guests on 10 June and the public two days later. The museum is housed in a Soviet-era pavilion that has been converted by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas [...]. In another riff on the building&rsquo;s architecture, Garage will be hosting a conference in October on Soviet Modernism, a project of the Austrian curator Georg Sch&ouml;llhammer [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>To learn more about Garage's new Gorky Park building, click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rem Koolhaas and Dasha Zhukova share what's in store for the new Garage Museum</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garage Museum Teaches an Old Building New Tricks</a></li></ul> The uncertain future of Moscow's urban renewal ambitions Alexander Walter 2015-06-08T20:00:00-04:00 >2015-06-10T19:12:42-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The plan was to create a new type of city that answered the needs of Moscow&rsquo;s creative middle classes. But did the exit of Sergei Kapkov, the culture minister who ushered in these changes, also signal the end of the city&rsquo;s urban revival? [...] &ldquo;Kapkov&rsquo;s reforms provided a whole generation of young creative types with a sense &ndash; perhaps somewhat illusory &ndash; that they could do things on a small scale; that there was a real fabric of life in a public city,&rdquo; said Tsentsiper.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Calvert Journal asks experts: How to fix Moscow?</a></p> Russia considering plans for a 12,400-mile superhighway linking London and Alaska Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-27T14:23:00-04:00 >2015-03-30T14:54:12-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Trans-Eurasian Belt Development would see the construction of a vast motorway across Russia. It would connect with existing networks in Europe, making road trips to eastern Russia a far easier proposition. While roads do currently run across most of Russia, the quality tends to deteriorate the farther you travel from Moscow. [...] A new high-speed train line would also be constructed, along with pipelines for gas and oil.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Asymptote to design Hermitage satellite museum in abandoned Moscow factory Alexander Walter 2015-03-13T14:09:00-04:00 >2015-03-19T09:19:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The State Hermitage Museum signed a protocol of intent on Wednesday, 11 March, with the St Petersburg-based LSR development group to open a satellite branch of the museum in Moscow, on the grounds of the landmark former Soviet ZIL automobile plant. [...] Also present was the Canadian architect Hani Rashid who will design the satellite with his New York-based firm Asymptote Architecture. Russian media report that construction is due to be completed by 2018.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Haunting beauty: Alexander Gronsky photographs Russia's polluted North Alexander Walter 2015-02-10T20:12:00-05:00 >2015-02-11T22:47:08-05:00 <img src="" width="630" height="515" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Russia&rsquo;s northern cities are a triumph of will; grand settlements in the middle of snow and darkness where people are dwarfed by the outsized factories they&rsquo;ve built and helpless next to the industrial waste those factories create.&nbsp;Photographer Alexander Gronsky&rsquo;s images of Norilsk seem both close to reality and something out of a dream. [...] But at the same time it is a place of heart-wrenching almost Arcadian beauty. A place of pale skies and metallic rivers.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Make sure to also check out the other tales in <em>Calvert Journal</em>'s excellent mini-series, "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Six stories&nbsp;from the Russian North</a>."&nbsp;</p> The Calvert Journal asks experts: How to fix Moscow? Alexander Walter 2015-01-22T14:42:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T14:43:21-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="424" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Big, brash, and full of energy, Moscow is a city that knows how to make an impression. But for all its attractions &mdash; world-class museums, clubs and rapidly transforming food scene, to name a few &mdash; its downsides are impossible to ignore. [...] This week, The Calvert Journal considers Moscow&rsquo;s prospects, consulting experts at the Moscow Urban Forum, looking in detail at two projects in the pipeline &mdash; VDNKh and Zaryadye Park &mdash; and checking out some neighbourhoods that are already going places.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Rem Koolhaas and Dasha Zhukova share what's in store for the new Garage Museum Justine Testado 2015-01-19T18:09:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T00:12:07-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In The Wall Street Journal Magazine's upcoming February issue, writer Tony Perrottet tells the history and potential of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and its location in Moscow's Gorky Park, as he visits the site to meet with&nbsp;art philanthropist Dasha Zhukova and Rem Koolhaas. Founded by Zhukova in 2008, the Garage will move from its current location in a Shigeru Ban-designed pavilion to the former Soviet-era Vremena Goda that Koolhaas is converting into the new 58,000 sq.foot Garage Museum, set to open this June. Zhukova invested in the renovation project aiming to connect Moscow to the international art scene.</p><p>In conversation, Zhukova talks about the interests and knowledge of global culture in Moscow's youth, and their influence in shaping the Garage. Koolhaas talks about his design approach in restoring the decaying Vremena Goda amidst current museum-design trends. He also looks back to the time he spent in the U.S.S.R during the 1960s.</p><p>Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garage Museum Teaches an Old...</a></p> Paradise lost? The enduring legacy of a Soviet-era utopian workers’ district Alexander Walter 2014-12-04T14:36:00-05:00 >2014-12-04T20:38:49-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="417" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture critic Owen Hatherley travelled to Nizhny Novgorod to visit Avtozavod, a purpose-built &ldquo;workers&rsquo; paradise&rdquo;. The idealism may have gone, but its legacy remains strong</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Street view: a virtual tour across Russia by remote camera Alexander Walter 2014-11-21T14:53:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T22:40:14-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="418" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The idea for Yandex. Street Photographer came to Daniill Maksyokov on a Friday night, while he was surfing the internet [...] &ldquo;In Yandex.Maps there&rsquo;s an analogue of Google Street View called Panoramas but it only has views of Russian cities and some former-Soviet countries [...]&rdquo; say Maksyokov. &ldquo;What&rsquo;s more, faces, labels, registration numbers of vehicles and other personal data are not blurred &hellip; As a result you have a complete sense of presence and can see everything from a fresh perspective.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Restoration of Alvar Aalto’s Viipuri Library wins 2014 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize Justine Testado 2014-11-04T17:51:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T23:07:35-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="516" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Finnish Committee for the Restoration of the Viipuri Library with the Central City Alvar Aalto Library in Vyborg recently won the 2014 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize for restoring Alvar Aalto's historic Viipuri Library in Vyborg, Russia. Established in 2008, the prize is awarded biennially for an innovative architectural or design solution that has preserved or enhanced a modern landmark or group of landmarks.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The biennial Knoll Prize will be presented at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City on December 1, followed by a free public lecture from the winners. The prize includes a cash award of $10,000 and a limited edition Mies van der Rohe-designed Barcelona Chair from Knoll.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Viipuri Library, c. 1935 &darr;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Find more photos and other details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p>