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Economics, ethics and aesthetics

Быт – way of life


Monday 13 March 2017
6.30 — 7.45pm

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Part of our

Revolution: Russian Art 1917–1932

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The streets of Moscow.

© Strelka KB

Daria Paramonova provides an insight into architecture and urbanism in Moscow.

As Moscow faces a remarkable stage of urban redevelopment, it is forced to engage with spaces that have been forgotten for 20 years. The city is not only investing in new architecture, it is rebuilding streets and public spaces, transforming into an urban environment with new parameters of comfort. All these projects are characterised by an unprecedented emphasis on pedestrians, safety, ecology and technology.

However, with the contemporary emphasis on progress comes a complicated relationship with the architectural heritage of the recent past. Commercial structures that appropriated the cityscape after the collapse of the USSR were criticised and despised for their perceived low aesthetic quality. These buildings became a symbol of the first steps of post-soviet Russia and were demolished to make way for change. In this way, the architectural story of Moscow mirrors the history of modern Russia and reflects a complicated relationship with both its revolutionary and capitalist past.

Join us as Daria Paramonova discusses her own work alongside some of the challenging architecture and urban projects planned in Russia today.

This series of events is organised in partnership with the Design Museum.

Tickets available to buy on the door.

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Monday 13 March 2017

6.30 — 7.45pm

Geological Society, Piccadilly, W1

£12, £6 concessions. Includes talk and drinks reception. Tickets available on the door.