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Kolomna: Urban Reconstruction Challenge In Ancient Russian Town Context | Winter School


Moscow and Kolomna, Russia

Winter school will be focused on interdisciplinary design goal featuring historical landscape, industrial architecture site renovation, public and residential housing integration. Most of the Moscow Region historical settlements suffer nowadays from dramatic economy and social changes – decline of XIX and XX centuries industry and fast conversion of independent municipalities towards off-Moscow ‘dormitory districts’ via uncontrolled urban sprawl and over-rational raise of density. Such challenges can be solved together with local heritage preservation activists, international urban planning and architecture expertise.

Ancient Russian town of Kolomna has a prominent medieval history from XII to XVII centuries. Later, town became important industrial center and experienced rapid growth during interwar period resulting in very special but somewhat typical urban fabric. Town structure consisted both with medieval irregular pattern and industrial age linear parts provides many challenges for modern research and design. Kolomna has a ‘full set’ of the Russian historical town monuments including red-brick medieval fortress – Kremlin, churches, monasteries on the banks of two rivers, rich merchant family’s mansions as well constructivist era workers settlements and public buildings – all mixed together in relatively low-density small-scale urban landscape. For the last decades town experienced a significant economic decline due many industrial enterprises dissolution except for some of Soviet-era factories still operating, making Kolomna biggest industrial town of Moscow-region. A major growth of tourism appeared to be a new town development driver: during late 2010s Kolomna became one of the top off-Moscow weekend and short holiday destinations.

Winter school program will start with a two-day fieldtrip to study Kolomna urban fabric and particular sites, meet local historical heritage activists and local communities. Main design goal will be focused on interdisciplinary approach on urban revival cases found in Kolomna.

Students can start intensive Russian course without any prior knowledge of language or can improve their Russian proficiency.The course aims to improve listening, reading, writing and speaking skills, practice and expand students’ vocabulary and knowledge of grammarand phonetics. The course is integrated into main summer courses, allowing students to combine professional knowledge with cultural and language skills.


Dr. Nikolai Vassiliev, MGSU Architecture Chair Assistant Professor, DOCOMOMO Russia Secretary General

Dr. Elena Zaykova, MGSU Urban Planning Chair Assistant Professor

Ivan Saltykov, MGSU Architecture Chair Senior Lecturer

Natalia Pushkina, MGSU Architecture Chair Senior Lecturer

Evgeniya Skorik, MGSU Russian Language Chair Senior Lecturer

Guest lecturers: Dmitry Lisitsin, “Platforma” Social design and development center Director, Tatiana Ermakova, Kolomna local heritage preservation activist, Dr. Oleg Adamov, MGSU Urban Planning Chair Associate professor.

Partners and support: DOCOMOMO Russia, Moscow Regional Chapter of the All-Russian Society for Historical and Culture Monuments Preservation, The Constructivist Project.

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