​Rethinking Europe - European experience in the city development

Everyday life of a modern city dweller runs between home and office. And urban infrastructure somehow meets this need, but the question is how well it does.

In June Strelka Institute in a partnership with the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, the largest European Architectural Foundation, and directorate of the most prestigious European award in the field of architectural innovation - Mies van der Roe Award – launches special series of events “Rethinking Europe - European experience in the city development”.

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 "housing" and "offices". However the application of innovative approaches to urban design has not become a trend yet. The inhabitants of megacities use super 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 technology era. Many cities also unfairly forget about proper public spaces development that unite 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 Euporean 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 communities of the four largest European cities - Amsterdam, Berlin, London and Barcelona.

Timetable of "Rethinking Europe - European experience in the city development".

June 30 – July 1
Amsterdam experience in territory development

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Amsterdam's ability to reclaim land from the sea and turn old docks into areas with dynamic new uses has made it a key example to understand several urban proposals. Giovanna Carnevalli - a director of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe in Barcelona, Kees Kaan – Dutch architect and a nominee for the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion Award (1998), Sabine Lebesque - an architecture historian and senior consultant at the Development Corporation of the City of Amsterdam, will tell how especially Amsterdam has generated the largest number of proposals for public and social housing amongst the nominees for the European Awards for Contemporary Architecture. Also experts will discuss how all these projects may be used in Moscow.

July 7-8
Berlin experience in territory development

Photo: Thomas Wolf / http://en.wikipedia.org

The city's division into two parts for 20 years by a long wall that drew a scar across its map has made this city with no central core a curious example of how to rebuild a city and reconnect two halves on the basis of various initiatives with varying degrees of success. A curator of Mies van der Rohe Award Ivan Blazi and famous Swiss architect Max Dudler will tell about Berlin experience of decentralization, how to unite all parts of the city and in what way all that may be interesting for Moscow.

July 16-17
London experience in territory development

Photo: Dave Pearce / Flickr.com

From the transformation of old industrial areas on the South Bank to proposals for the city's preparation for the Olympics and the construction of large office headquarters in the City, a myriad of initiatives have made London an attractive example in the analysis of the urban characteristics European city. Tony Fretton – a principal of Tony Fretton Architects, David Adjaye, known for his projects for such artists as Ewan McGregor and Alexander McQueen, will tell how London has become one of the examples for imitation of developing megapolis and how to make Moscow the same.

July 28-29
Barcelona experience in territory development

Photo: Marcella / Flickr.com

Barcelona reinvented itself in the mid-19th century under the Macià Plan, which defined its image forever on the basis of its characteristic orthogonal grid. Since then, the city has struggled with this intrinsic feature and its new limits. Director of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe in Barcelona Giovanna Carnevalli, deputy Mayor for Urban HabitatAntoni Vives i Tomàs, Director of Housing, representing the Deputy Mayor of Hábitat Urbano, Ajuntament de Barcelona Antoni Sorolla will tell about the best projects for the development of areas in Barcelona and urban politics of the city.

*During the workshop, representatives of the architectural and urban community of Amsterdam will explore specific case in Moscow – the area situated in Moscow city center, directly opposite Zaryadie area, between Raushskaya and Sadovnicheskaya embankments.

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