Rethinking Europe. European Experience in the City Development

Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in partnership with the Fundació Mies van der Rohe presents special program of discussions and workshops

“Rethinking Europe – European experience in the city development” is a special series of four events prepared for the summer program of the Strelka Institute in partnership with the Fundació Mies van der Rohe.

City dwellers spend most of their time between home and office, and approaches to urban planning of recent decades reflect this feature of the modern city life.
Not surprisingly, nearly 40% of architectural projects nominated for the last 20 years for the most prestigious European award in the field of architectural innovation – Mies van der Rohe Award – are presented in the categories of “dwelling” and “offices”.

However the application of innovative approaches to urban design has not become a trend yet. The inhabitants of megacities use high-speed connection and the latest technologies, but still live in houses built on the technology of the previous century and work in offices that do not meet the requirements of the new information and technological era. Many cities also unfairly forget about proper public spaces development that unites citizens on their way from home to the office and back.

Series “Rethinking Europe – European experience in the city development” will tell about the successful experience in the urban development and design of major European cities, and will use the most successful European examples of working with the territories to develop spaces of Moscow.

The program will include a series of four individual events – panel discussions, and workshops for students on the development of real territory in Moscow with representatives of the architectural and urban municipality communities of the four largest European cities – Amsterdam, Berlin, London and Barcelona. During the workshops, representatives of the architectural and urban community of the cities will explore specific case in Moscow – the area situated in Moscow city center, directly opposite Zaryadie area, between Raushskaya and Sadovnicheskaya embankments.

The purpose of the series is to show innovative European approaches to the development of urban areas and to investigate the applicability of these approaches to work with the development of territories in Moscow.

Series schedule:

1. Rethinking Europe – Amsterdam experience in territory development
30 June 2014, 8:00 pm – Discussion
30 June – 1 July – Workshop

2. Rethinking Europe – Berlin experience in territory development
7 July 2014, 8:00 pm – Discussion
7 – 8 July 2014 – Workshop

3. Rethinking Europe – London experience in territory development
16 July 2014, 8:00 pm – Discussion
16 – 17 July 2014 – Workshop

4. Rethinking Europe – Barcelona experience in territory development
28 July 2014, 8:00 pm – Discussion
28 – 29 July 2014 – Workshop


30 June - 1 July, 7 - 8 July , 16 - 17 July, 28 - 29 July 2014


Institute Strelka, Moskow

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