Hutopolis

Soft
Urbanism

The social and economic transformations which are happening in both Russia and China are parallel in many ways and both countries are experiencing the shift from a planned economy to new models of development. Cities of both countries are changing and a new evolution is shaping the urban environment: in a megalopolis such as Moscow and Beijing, this leaves unanswered questions related to the quality of life, preservation as well as social and economic contrasts.

lectures
workshops
1-6 July 2012

@ STRELKA INSTITUTE
Moscow

During the workshop the participants will develop new solutions to common sets of problems that afflict both capitals with projects that link the field of urban development, architecture and new media. After comparing sites in both cities and using the tool of “soft urbanism” we aspire to answer this question:

How can a new approach to urbanism -soft urbanism- contribute to the city and to urban development?

The projects will consist in ideas to convey new values for specific sites in both Moscow and Beijing, like: services, new functions, installations and urban games, represented through analog, digital or hybrid digital/ analog presentations.

The workshop will be led by the “Hutopolis” team (Giannantonio Bongiorno, Luis Aguirre, Eugenia Murialdo) with prof. Frans Vogelaar and prof. Elizabeth Sikiaridi and the support of other lecturers and researchers.