Ongoing Research

The Education programme is project-based. It employs tools and approaches from a wide variety of disciplines and mixes seminar, studio and technical workshops in an alternating sequence of modules that closely link conceptualization and prototyping, one folding into the other. The New Normal includes intensive study in Moscow and an international field trip. Programme participants attempt to answer the question ‘What has become the New Normal in the modern world?’ The outcomes will be new design practices and projects, and a new glossary of terms with which we might articulate what does and does not count as our “new normal” condition.

Below you will find the final projects of the 2016/17 academic year.

The 7 projects developed not only come to different conclusions about what is to be done, they start from quite different premises about how an answer or solution might be articulated. Some began as risky speculations and became quite practical propositions for infrastructural intervention. Others started with concrete history and found that a poetic cinematic language would provide the most direct expression of what is most at stake. All of them are urban projects, but not necessarily in the conventional sense of that term. Each resists a ‘normal’ urbanism in favour of one that is more integrative, more generous, and which seeks a new home in the great outdoors of our shared uncertain future.

Programme essays

This is a new series by Strelka Press, one that parallels the Institute’s 2017-2019 programme. The first essays in the series will be written by the Core Faculty of the programme - Benjamin Bratton, Keller Easterling, Daniel van der Velden and Vinca Kruk (Metahaven), Liam Young and Lev Manovich and will be released throughout the year of 2017. Further essays written by invited faculty and experts are to follow in the next two years.

The first essay (Benjamin Bratton: The New Normal) is part manifesto and part syllabus. “It lays out why we would undertake an urban design program with such a strong emphasis on emerging technologies and speculative philosophy; or conversely, why we would convene a think-tank on emerging technology and speculative philosophy that takes urbanism — Russian urbanism, in particular — as its assignment.”

The second essay (Keller Easterling: Medium Design) is a provocation to invert some of our habitual approaches to problem solving, aesthetics and politics with regards to spatial practice. Rather than favoring declarations, right answers, objects or determinations, contemporary designers should learn to detect and manipulate the medium in which they are suspended and in which they change over time. To design medium is to manage the potentials and relationships between objects, the activity immanent in their organization... In other words, the disposition which makes some things possible and some things not.

The new normal showcase

On July 3-4, 2017, Strelka Institute hosted a big Showcase event in Moscow, a two-evening presentation of the first year of research of our joint design think-tank.

Learn more about the New Normal Showcase in the Programme Guide and see the videos of the presentations above.

Researchers

The programme convenes young professionals from Russia and abroad from a wide range of backgrounds — architects, programmers, interaction designers, game designers, artists, philosophers, filmmakers, novelists, economists, free-range computer scientists and others.

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Tsz Ching Joy Zhu

Writer

China

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Asia Bazdyrieva

Art Historian

Ukraine

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Paul Heinicker

Designer

Germany

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Huey Chan

Architect

Malaysia

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Tom Pearson

Artist

United Kingdom

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Mikhail Anisimov

Developer

Russia

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Anna Paukova

Psychologist

Russia

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Pedro Moraes

Artist

Brazil

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Konstantina Eleni

Architect

Greece

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Daria Stupina

Architect

Russia

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Ivan Puzyrev

Project Manager

Russia

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Nataliya Mezhetskaya

Designer

Russia

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James Kubiniec

Architect

United States of America

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Katya Sivers

Artist

Russia

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Anna Tokareva

Designer

Russia

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Yulia Gromova

Journalist

Russia

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Christopher Burman

Artist

United Kingdom

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Thomas Grogan

Designer

United Kingdom

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Denise Luna

Architect

Mexico

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Qiao Lin

Programmer

China

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Alexey Orlov

Videographer

Russia

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Solveig Suess

Designer

Switzerland

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Leo Stuckardt

Architect

Germany

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Andrei Zhileikin

Lawyer

Russia

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Artem Konevskikh

Physicist

Russia

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Ekaterina Bryskina

Architect

Russia

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Tomas Clavijo

Architect

Spain

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Lukáš Likavčan

Philosopher

Czech Republic

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Dana Baddad

Graphic Designer

Russia

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Liudmila Savelyeva

Photographer

Russia

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Paul Van Herk

Architect

Australia

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Vsevolod Okin

Analyst

Moscow

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Nikolay Nikolaev

Urban planner

Russia