spring term 2008


Once the capital of a socialist world power, Moscow claims to be a “global city” today. Instead of equal living and working conditions – once the paradigms of socialist politics and planning - “capitalist-realism” is shaping urban spaces and social structures today, both of which tend to become increasingly differentiated and fragmented. Architectural symbols of the new economy, such as headquarters, business centres and shopping malls are mushrooming all over the city. Old socialist housing structures – like collective housing or datchas - are being transformed into privately organized communities and suburban cottages. Parallel new forms of housing are being established inside and outside of cities: anonymous high-rise buildings are randomly spread at the outskirts, and gated communities of all scales and styles are being constructed.
Neither the transformation of old urban structures nor the rapid growth of new urban structures has been sufficiently researched to date. On the basis of an exemplary case study in Moscow the Urban Research Studio will investigate the urban changes of the city.


Sergey Nikitin & Students
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Departement of History