Days of Modernism at City Hall

"Funerals of the Thaw"
28 August 2015

An architecture critic and cofounder of "Made in Future" magazine Nikolay Malinin will join the educational project "Days of Modernism at City Hall" and reflect upon any direct link between the condition of Modernist architecture in Russia and their national policy.

"Funerals of the Thaw: Fight With Modernist Architecture as a Symptom" – it was a title of Nikolay Malinin’s lecture to take place at Ratusha restaurant (1, Rynok sq.) August, 28, 2015.

The event was also attended by Kateryna Honcharova who is into preservation of UNESCO world heritage objects.

Modernist architecture in Russia loses so much these days that the process can be treated as an apparent, though not quite conscious, fight with the values it embodied. The process did not start today. But in the light of current political changes it looks like the one that should have preceded them. The large-scale demolition of Khrushchov-times architecture implies race for benefits, but one can also see behind the efforts quite manifest dislike of authorities to such its features as cleanliness, simplicity, nakedness, height and emptiness.

Nikolay Malinin – developed a concept for "Made in Future" magazine (Moscow) and an award "House of the Year". He is curator of Architectural Award "АрхіWOOD" (Moscow). Author of the concept for the guide website along the architecture of Moscow since 1989 until present days "Another Moscow". Curator of exhibitions "Another Moscow" (Berlin, AlteStadhaus, 2003), ‘New Wooden’ (Moscow, Museum of Architecture, 2009), "Parallels" (Moscow, Museum of Architecture, 2011), ‘Modern Temporary’ (Moscow, Museum of Modern Art "Garage" , 2012). Author of books "Architecture of Moscow. 1989 – 2009" (2009), "Metropol, a Moscow Legend" (2015).

Kateryna Honcharova is a Candidate of Architecture, head of section of bibliographical research of the Institute "UkrNDIproektrestavratsiya", Fulbright scholar in 2014-2015. During 10 years she has worked in the field of preservation of architectural heritage and historical places. She also develops projects to preserve some UNESCO World Heritage objects.