As architects and planners, we possess powerful tools of shaping not only our physical space but also social interaction and societies as a whole. For the past thirty years Russia became an interesting showcase of public space colonization and a complete change of meaning of free space. That free space Russian cities have in abundance due to the modernist urban planning past. Under the influence of the market economy and with the support of massive state programs Russian streets squares and parks were re-designed and re-humanized. Julia Burdova and Olga Aleksakova from Buromoscow will talk about their Russian urban design projects, the hidden meanings and the unusual design practice.
Olga Aleksakova and Julia Burdova are the two leading partners at Buromoscow, an architecture practice specializing in affordable housing and urban design. In their work, they closely combine search and practice. For the last 15 years, Buromoscow has worked on making standard housing less standard and more human scale, yet affordable. They studied the possibilities of using the technology of prefabrication within the new market conditions of post-soviet Russia.
Buromoscow is also designing public space. Their project for Triumfalnaya square in Moscow has been internationally published and has won several Russian architecture awards. Their project for Kindergarten at Varshavskoe shosse has received Moscow Architecture Award as the best public building of 2017.
Olga and Julia are members of the Architecture Council of Moscow, speakers at various urban forums and conferences, member of jury for different competitions. They are also consultant to different Russian agencies on changing regulations in urban planning and housing.