The international workshop theme will investigate – through a historical and contemporary perspective – the changing role of public spaces, their social significance and programming methods. It seeks to revitalize these spaces for contemporary needs and extrapolate on the design parameters. By exploring their ideological past and the logics, it will speculate on how public infrastructure could face restructuring without losing its social values. Students will monumentalise their speculations through two vectors in the development process: preservation, and reconstruction of Soviet social values.
Collectivism defines not only the theoretical framework but also the process of research and design activity/initiatives within the workshop. Students, architects, artist, urban planners will collectively conduct the research (site analysis, mapping, interviews, archives collections, filming) while travelling by Transsiberian train from Irkutsk to Moscow to outline the values of soviet planning and the parameters of 'generosity'. During the second part of the trip we will collaborate with the Nikola-Lenivets Classroom, situated in the largest art park in Europe. Led by Nikolay Polissky, Russia’s most prominent environmental artist and founder of Nikola-Lenivets Art Park, participants will reflect on their research and design and build a series of structures to challenge our perception of public space, and question existing conditions in Nikola-Lenivets Art Park. In parallel, the process, discussions, and speculations – conceptual and architectural – will be filmed by Locument as part of a documentary movie, which will be screened at the Archstoyanie Festival in July 2019.
This initiative is pioneered by INDA (International Program in Design and Architecture) – Faculty of Architecture at the Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok, Thailand) and engages with Nikola-Lenivets Art Park and Nomad train as local collaborators. The workshop will comprise participation of local experts, instructors and filmmaker.
The workshop will be ran from 18th of May until 2nd of June.