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At its campus in Moscow, Strelka brings together architects, intellectuals, designers and media professionals in a relationship of creative interdisciplinarity. Many people who are not designers or architects came here to socialize and participate.

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Strelka is a post-graduate institute dedicated to developing new perspectives on critical issues in contemporary Russia.

Each year, the institute’s researchers explore a selection of subjects of particular importance to Russian life – from the preservation of cities and the dispersal of populations to the future of energy and virtual space. At the end of each six-month research cycle, the Institute broadcasts its work in partnership with a network of publishing, television, web, mobile, and advertising organizations. Strelka operates as a non-profit, tuition-free foundation, independent of both state and free market pressures, providing a haven for inquiry and experimentation, and a crucial new platform for addressing Russian issues inside Russia and out.

The Strelka Institute’s Educational strategy is founded on a principle of “thinking and doing”. Because it is independent and unrestricted by the bounds of formal accreditation, Strelka’s work can be focused on practical application and production. Instead of a receiving a degree, its researchers generate their own products, media works that evolve from their studies and add critical new perspectives to current discussions. These works are not prototypes but fully realized expressions that are released to the public in partnership with prominent Russian media organizations, such as Afisha publishing, Yota mobile technology, Channel One, and the LiveJournal blogging service. By interweaving research and application, Strelka strives to expand the possibilities of education, architecture, media and design.

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Photo of Duncan

Any chance you could list some examples of the projects they have worked on? You mention some of the organizations, but some of the end results would be really interesting.

Photo of Vladimir

They have a list of current research projects:

http://strelkainstitute.com/en/#url=/en/education/research-themes-2011-2012

Photo of Vladimir

About one of them I've posted a comment already:

http://www.openideo.com/open/vibrant-cities/inspiration/what-if-real-public-space-could-be-managed-by-citizen-online/

Photo of Vladimir

But for me the biggest impact they made is that people were brought together. They have a lot of interesting events almost every day and everyone is welcome to join:

http://strelkainstitute.com/en/#url=/en/summer/events

Photo of Duncan

Thanks for the links!
Any idea how frequented the events are by people not directly involved with the institute? I'm just curious about the pull it has from the surrounding community. I wish that there was a place like this closer to me!

Photo of Vladimir

I guess, 95% of the audience who visits those events is not involved with the institute at all. It's just random people from all over the city. The institute is also a co-working platform and a bar near riverside.

Photo of Duncan

Wow, that's really fantastic.

Photo of Jason

This is neat. What a great way to build on natural forces in a community. Imagine also using this as an outreach and training platform for local residents. Letting community members use the space to learn from the artists (and vice versa) and create their own works for the area could enable exponential gains in the artistic vibrancy of a struggling community.

Photo of Vladimir

Thanks, Jason! You inspired me to post some more examples about using a space within community. This time it's about children and libraries.
I'll post it a bit later.

Photo of Jason

Great, can't wait to see this!

Photo of Vladimir

Jason, this is the example I promised
http://www.openideo.com/open/vibrant-cities/inspiration/library-for-youth/

Photo of Jason

Thanks, Vladimir, I'm going to check this out right now. Sorry for the delayed reply!

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