Strelka Institute

Coordinates: 55°44′34″N 37°36′33″E / 55.742665°N 37.609086°E / 55.742665; 37.609086
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Strelka Institute

Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design is a non-profit international educational project, founded in 2009 and located in Moscow. Strelka incorporates an education programme on urbanism and urban development aimed at professionals with a higher education, a public summer programme, the Strelka Press publishing house, and KB Strelka, the consulting arm of the Institute. Strelka has been listed among the top-100 best architecture schools in 2014, according to Domus magazine.[1]

The Institute has been directed since 2013 by Varvara Melnikova. After the start of the Russo-Ukrainian war in 2022, Strelka suspended its operations.[2]

Education programme[edit]

The Institute aims to educate the next generation of architects, designers and media professionals, enabling them to shape the 21st century world.[3] Each year, Strelka welcomes young professionals and gives them the opportunity to work together with experts in the fields of urbanism, architecture and communications from all over the world. During this nine-month post-graduate programme, the researchers explore the issues related to Russia's urban development through a multidisciplinary method conducted in English. Experimental methods, a holistic approach to architecture, media and design, and an emphasis on research are the main characteristics of the programme. The prominent architect and architecture theorist, Rem Koolhaas (AMO/OMA), contributed to the designing of the Institute's education programme.[4]

Since 2016, Benjamin H. Bratton, design theorist and author of The Stack: On Software and Sovereignty, is programme director. The program theme, The New Normal, focuses on long-term urban futures in relation to technological, geographic and ecological complexities.

Some notable faculty[5] at the Strelka Institute has been : Keller Easterling, Benjamin H. Bratton, Winy Maas, Joseph Grima, Reinier De Graaf, Carlo Ratti, and Rem Koolhaas.

KB Strelka[edit]

KB Strelka provides strategic consulting services in the fields of architecture and urban planning, as well as cultural and spatial programming. The company was founded in 2013 by the executive board of the Strelka Institute. KB’s method is based on the implementation of transparent competition procedures, involving international experts, forecasting of expenses, and risk analysis at the early stages of project realisation. In 2013, KB organised several key international competitions for Russia: Zaryadye Park,[6] the National Centre for Contemporary Arts,[7] the Museum and Educational Centre of the Polytechnic Museum and Lomonosov Moscow State University,[8] and the International Financial Centre in Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye.[9] Despite transparency efforts, KB Strelka's urbanisation projects in different cities in Russia have received criticism for the costs and the methods employed; such as the violent clearing of small street kiosks, corruption or incompetent design.[10]

Summer at Strelka[edit]

From the end of May until mid September, Strelka’s courtyard hosts a public programme that is open to all. Its programme includes: lectures by prominent architects, urbanists, designers, social activists and scholars; discussions on topical urban issues; workshops; film screenings; theatre performances; concerts and fairs.

Strelka Press[edit]

Strelka Press publishes books and essays on modern issues of architecture, design and urban development in both English and Russian. The publishing house releases both printed and digital books.[11] Strelka Press is based in London and Moscow. Strelka Press has published books by Donald Norman, Keller Easterling, and others.

Other information[edit]

  • Strelka is curating the Russian pavilion for the XIV Venice Architectural Biennale.
  • Strelka took part in the renovation of Moscow’s Gorky Park, designed the concept for Big Moscow development project, and framed the programme for the Moscow Urban Forum 2012-2013.
  • In 2013, Strelka launched What Moscow Wants, an on-line platform to crowdsource ideas for improving the development of Moscow.[12]


  1. ^ "Domus Guide 2014 - News - Domus". 13 December 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  2. ^ Zachs, Stephen (8 March 2022). "Moscow's Strelka Institute pauses operations, possibly permanently". The Architect's Newspaper. Retrieved 13 December 2023.
  3. ^ "Strelka Institute". Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  4. ^ Beekmans, Jeroen (19 July 2013). "Urban Routines — Everyday Life In The Big City". Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  5. ^ "People". Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  6. ^ philip stevens I designboom (15 November 2013). "diller scofidio + renfro green moscow with zaryadye park". Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Moscow's National Centre for Contemporary Art won by Heneghan Peng - Irish Architecture News - Archiseek - Irish Architecture". Archiseek. 30 December 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Museum and Educational Center of the Polytechnic Museum and Lomonosov Moscow State University Design Competition Results". 2 April 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Рублево-Архангельское". Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  10. ^ "What a campaign to revive Russia's urban spaces means for civil society". The Economist. ISSN 0013-0613. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  11. ^ James Bridle (29 December 2013). "Ebooks – dig deep for hidden treasures | Books". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Strelka Institute Crowd-Sources Urban Design Ideas with "What Moscow Wants" Campaign". ArchDaily. 12 January 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2017.

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