Moscow - Loose OperationsStrelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design
Emphasizing advanced visual techniques, this design | research workshop will exploit the ‘loose fit’ between form and program in the duplicitous Moscow context to project hybrid strategies and design prototypes. Inspired by superficial remakes, decorated transplants and surreptitious invasions amidst expedited transformation and re-programming, we will exaggerate the city’s loose logic of operation in opportunistic interventions. Extreme scenarios for Moscow’s most contested sites will play on alternative pairings of commercial costumes and cultural pop-ups, industrial skeletons and makeshift trade. Diagrammatic maps, composite drawings and phased models will help collide diverse spatial scaffolds and functional structures. Layering organizational frameworks and thickening material prototypes, we will put forward provocations for hybrid transfer buildings while debating with contemporary theorists and practitioners. Both seductive and instrumental, transfer prototypes will profit from precarious associations between blurred shapes and intertwined circuits, thick surfaces and serial events, while navigating issues of preservation, transience and flexibility.