Joseph Van der Steen Took Part in the Finnish Architecture Days in Moscow
The Finnish Architecture Days were held in Moscow on October 04–05 by Project Baltia magazine together with the Embassy of Finland and the Association of Finnish Architects’ Offices (ATL). The festival took place for the second time and this year, the theme was “Educational Environment”. The partner of the festival was Honka (Rossa Rakenne SPb). The curator of the BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design program Joseph Van der Steen made a presentation of a building regeneration project.
Besides the representative of the Association of Finnish Architects’ Offices Kalle Euro, the festival welcomed Mariitta Helineva, chief architect of Helin & Co architect office, Elizaveta Parkkonen, project director in the Helin & Co’s Russian office, and Asko Takala, partner in Kirsi Sivén & Asko Takala architect bureau.
On the first day, October the 4th, the Embassy of Finland held a round table on “Innovative Solutions in Educational Environment: Finnish Experience, Russian Context”. Besides Finnish guests, the discussion was attended by Yuri Borisov, CEO of UNK Project architectural bureau, Anna Shapiro, chief architect of Atrium bureau, Olga Aleksakova, partner in Buromoscow, Joseph Van der Steen (British Higher School of Art and Design and O'Brien Van der Steen Hunt bureau) and Aleksey Tarashevsky, architect (Honka / Rossa Rakenne SPb). The discussion was moderated by Vladimir Frolov, chief editor of Project Baltia, and Mariya Fadeeva, architectural critic, teacher at the MARCH school.
Joseph van Der Steen’s presentation was devoted to a building regeneration project in Georgia, where education is supposed to become one of the main functions. Van der Steen believes that the future of education is closely connected with craft workshops where citizens can work and study.
In the discussion which followed, special attention was paid to the economic aspects of constructing new types of schools. In Russia, there is a great demand in social infrastructure facilities as part of the integrated development of urban territories, but the developers are not always ready to invest in the design and construction of unique buildings. The solution here could be new typical designs which can be developed based on the Finnish experience.
On the second day of the festival, the Finnish guests visited the Moscow’s new landmark — Zaryadye Park, which, according to Victoria Raubo (Moskomarkhitektura), is designed as an educational project which would help citizens and tourists of all ages learn about the geography and history of Russia, and offer unique views on the Kremlin and the Moskva River.
In the afternoon, the Finnish guests gave public lectures in the MARCH school where they were greeted by director Nikita Tokarev. He pointed out that as it is the second time when the school cooperates with the organizers of the Finnish Architecture Days, it has all chances of becoming a successful annual tradition.