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 host series of workshops at the Nikola-Lenivets Art Park where students will design and construct one or a series of built structures. In parallel, the process, discussions, and speculations – conceptual and architectural – will be filmed by Locument as part of a documentary movie, being produced for the upcoming Archstoyanie Festival 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 an MIT instructor and students, local experts and filmmaker.
The workshop will be run from 18th of May until 2nd of June.