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Creative cities project presented at II Moscow biennale of architecture

From 26 May to 8 June British Council Russia presented a “Creative Cities” project at II Moscow Biennale of Architecture by showcasing the results of the project in Russia and other countries and offering an extensive education programme for architects, entrepreneurs, designers and all the enthusiasts who want to make their cities better places to live.

The Creative Cities team in Russia worked together with the UK urban designers from Technopolitan Studio to create the concept that would illustrate the main Creative Cities ideas. The result was an interactive installation “Merged!” that represents a hypothetical space in any city of the world that can fulfill several functions at a time. The large cube 3 meters high and 6 meters high really dominated the space that we were given by the Biennale organizers. It changed colors on the outside and inside it transformed from an art-gallery into a picture house into a night club and into an architects’ studio.

The visitors could experience any of these configurations when entering the cube and the sensory experience was created by the video projections, sound and lights. Interestingly enough, all the equipment was hidden within the walls of the cube, so you would not know how this big installation is living a life of its own.

Different configurations and environments were utilised to exhibit a range of works by British and Russian artists, designers, photographers, architects, musicians and more. It also provided a flexible platform for lectures, workshops, discussions and meeting with Creative Cities project participants who shared their experience and results.

As part of the project the organisers announced photo competition "Transformations in the city". The best works were presented at II Moscow Biennale of Architecture in the Creative Cities space. The winner of the competition was Valery Klamm – photographer and producer from Novosibirsk.

You can see some photos and watch the short film about the event below.


British Council at II Moscow Biennale of Architecture