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Space Waste, Virtual Floods, and New Architecture of Disney Worlds: Strelka Hosts a Conference for Young Architects

The second international Future Architect conference taking place on September 9–10 will discuss trends and challenges facing young architects today: unpredictable financial crises, lack of funding, environmental disasters and climate change, design in extreme conditions, dealing with the conservative world of architecture, and years of unpaid internships. The program includes two days of public lectures, discussions, workshops, and reading groups.

Are stress and overtime essential to kick-starting your career in architecture? How can you avoid becoming an architectural snob? How does the labor market adapt to young architects? Why do you need to prototype virtual floods? Why is a master plan a means of communication? Experts and representatives of leading architectural firms from the Netherlands, Greece, Italy, the US, and Russia will address these and other questions.

The conference is organized in strategic partnership with DOM.RF and with the support of the Ministry of Construction.


Day 1. From Global Agenda to Concrete Actions

● Lecture. Landscapes of the Future: Combining Technology, Art, and Physical Space

Daan Roosegaarde is a Dutch artist and speculative architect. His record includes a seven-meter anti-smog tower that filters the air, as well as lab experiments with luminescent coatings. The lecture is supported by Dutch Science Talks together with the Embassy of the Netherlands in Moscow.

● Panel discussion. Welcome to Reality: How Current Restrictions Make Architects Apt for the Future

Irina Alekseyeva, chief architect of Yakutsk, Stefano Pujatti, founder of Elasticospa, and architects Aristide Antonas and Matteo Brioni will explain how ice and raw earth help design at -60 °C and which urban planning regulations are essential in the ever-changing climate context. Moderator: Guido Musante, architect and curator of Domus magazine.

● Lecture. Master Plan: Selling the Future

Bryn Davies, Australian urbanist involved in development of Fishermans Bend, a precinct within the City of Melbourne, and Elena Mandryko, project director of Strelka KB, will exchange views on future urban master plans and their function as a grassroot communication tool. The lecture is supported by the Australian Embassy in Moscow.

● How to Break the Fear of Working with Young Architects?

Winy Maas, Dutch architect and co-founder of MVRDV Studio, and Russian architect Denis Leontiev, co-founder and CEO of Strelka KB, will answer this question in a public talk.


Day 2. Imagining the Future, Building on the Present

● Lecture. Imagineering: The Magic of Architecture or the Architecture of Magic

Lam Le-Nguyen, concept architect at Walt Disney Imagineering and a 2012 graduate of Strelka Institute, will explain how amusement parks have become the epitome of storytelling through the built environment and what helps in managing the attention of guests. The lecture is supported by the Australian Embassy in Moscow.

● Showcase. What Kind of Future Architect Are You?

Securing a job at a large architectural firm in Japan, launching a successful business in Vladivostok, and turning down an offer from a big name firm for the sake of research—these and many more stories belong to five architects under the age of 35 who will share their career strategies with the audience.

● Lecture. Architect without Borders: Working in the Context of Global Migration Crisis

Joana Dabaj, founder of the London-based non-profit architectural firm CatalyticAction, will talk about the work of the studio, sources of funding, and things to remember when designing urban environments in the Middle East. The lecture is supported by LafargeHolсim.

● ArchDaily & Strelka Award Ceremony

● Lecture. Architecture between Why and Why Not

Thai architect Kulapat Yantrasast, co-founder and creative director of wHY studio, will explain how smart self-presentation secures orders from the likes of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

The conference participants will also have a chance to take part in free workshops and build a biocomposites installation with the help of a robot, as well as create a future media concept together with Domus curator Guido Musante. The conference program also includes From Power Station to Museum, a tour of the GES-2 power station reconstruction site, and two reading groups:

- Architecture as Text: Critical Practice and Didactic Model. Reading group participants will discuss Peter Eisenman and Rem Koolhaas's Supercritical with architect and critic Sergey Sitar and Marat Nevlyutov, research associate of the Department of Architecture Theory at the Institute of Theory and History of Architecture and Urban Planning (NIITIAG).

- Culture of Idleness and Policy of Inaction. Participants will discuss the works of Kazimir Malevich, Karl Schmidt, Jacques Derrida, and other philosophers together with Aristide Antonas, a Greek architect, writer, and professor at the AA School in London.

You can register here.

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