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Summer & Winter Schools at MGSU

Moscow State University of Civil Engineering (National Research University) is the leading Russian university of higher education in the sphere of civil engineering. University offers comprehensive list of civil engineering, architecture and related training programs on all levels of education. The University was established in 1921. 

Every year MGSU Summer and Winter Schools attract students from all over the world to immerse into multinational multidisciplinary learning environment and to explore Russia and its culture.   

20th Century Mass-Housing RE3 | Summer School 
August 16 - 27 2021, Moscow, Russia

Covid-19 notice: We expect to hold the Summer School on-campus, however, in case traveling restriction persist, we will hold the 2021 edition of the Summer School on-line with adjusted program and fees. We will closely monitor state of international travel and will make an announcement in advance on final desicion on the summer school format.
Nationals from a number of countires can now enter Russia for their studies. This list of countires is regularly updated according to the updates from the Government of the Russian Federation.

RE-valorization – re-discovery of various mass-housing concepts with strong social foundation and a deep study, finding still unknown values and achievements of different architecture and planning approaches. 

RE-vitalization – re-using and re-thinking 20th century mass-housing experience and relevance to modern living standards and possibilities of re-configuration to new functions.

RE-storation − reconstruction and restoration concerns including modern architecture specifics i.e. reinforced concrete and experimental materials, prefabricated parts etc..

Introduction to the course: This course gives a wide overview of the architectural solution of the residential development in Moscow of the 20th century. Following an introduction to the history of architecture and the urban development in Moscow during the century of experiments will be surveyed with special reference to the works of Russian Avant-garde.

Course Leader: Nikolai Vassiliev, Ph.D., MGSU “Architecture” Chair associated professor, DOCOMOMO Russia Secretary General

Course Co-tutors: Nikolai Vassiliev (design, urban history and context); Asmik Klochko, Ph.D., MGSU “Architecture” Chair associated professor (design, reconstruction and conversion), Ilya Belenya, MGSU “Architecture” Chair senior teacher (design, construction materials); 
Natalia Pushkina (DGNB registered professional – Green and Sustainable buildings), MGSU “Architecture” Chair senior teacher; Tatiana Sorokoumova (urban planning and design), MGSU “Architecture” Chair senior teacher.

The course aims to offer a deeper understanding of the typology, construction practice and social policy of the residential development through 20th century. 

Target group: The course is suitable for students of any specialization especially Architecture and Urban Studies, and related subjects such as Transport Engineering, Urban Sociology, History, Design or Fine Arts. Basic sketching, and graphical tools skills are required. An elementary knowledge of architecture and architectural history is welcome but not necessary.

Description: This course gives you the opportunity to explore Moscow with contemporary and urban design. This course will combine theoretical studies delivered through lectures, fieldwork and concept design workshops in the urban environment in Moscow. Guided tours provided during this course will introduce you the brightest examples of solving the housing problem in Moscow during the 20th century, through all challenges including modern architecture social concepts and industrial construction progress. Starting from Russian Avant-garde with its experiments on residential buildings typology towards of Soviet Modernism mass-produced prefabricated ‘architecture industry’. You could introduce to the history, social policy and economy of this tense century from 1917 till nowadays, to know and to see the Housing Renovation program which started in 2017. You will work both individually and as part of a group, which gives you the opportunity to meet, to learn and exchange new ideas on architecture, residential development and economy. 

During the course you will have opportunities to visit such places as:

  1. Sokol one of the first cooperative residential settlement in Moscow, founded in 1923 as garden-city.
  2. Experimental Constructivist-era building such as communal-housing and workers district.
  3. 9th, 10th and 11th experimental districts of New Cheryomushki – the first-born of a prefabricated block and panel house construction sites of late 1950s;
  4. and many more like constructivist worker settlements and post-war ensembles.
This course enables you to appreciate the rich material resources in Moscow, developing a critical understanding of the historical, social and political circumstances that have shaped architecture, art and urbanism during the complete 20th century and the beginning of 21st century.

Moscow State University of Civil Engineering (MGSU).
International Working Group on Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Landmarks and Urban Development Facilities of the Modern Movement (Docomomo Russia).

This Summer School is supported by DAAD go east! program. Students from Germany are eligible to apply for financial support. Check How to apply & Fees section for more information. 

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