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A show featuring some of the most popular lectures, interviews, discussions, and talks that took place at Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow over the years.
21 Episodes
Graphic design legend and Yale University professor talks about fighting bias with posters, illustrations, and public art. Live broadcast supported by Tele2. View the lecture:
Dean Johnson, futurist and head of innovation at Brandwidth, explains how the Internet of things relies on continuity of experience. 2:02 — About Dean Johnson and what he does 5:14 — Mobile technologies 8:50 — Story how we developed our first gadget 18:38 — Singlisly taking content 20:27 — How does an iBook work 21:05 — Urban environments 23:50 — The thing about library 25:42 — How do we actually interact with this content 37:26 — Why iPad was so popular and successful 42:19 — Back to the future The lecture took place at Strelka Institute in 2014 in the framework of Urban Routinees. To find more lectures from this conference — follow the YouTube link:
In this episode of Strelka Institute Podcast the director of the Center for Architecture in Vienna Angelika Fitz talks about solving anthropogenic environmental problems, architecture's influence at this issues and why it is impossible to ignore the economy and social sphere, saving the planet. 0:26 — Some information about institution Angelica heading 7:52 — Critically Сare: Architecture for Broken Planet 14:45 — Friendship Centre in Bangladesh 17:27 — How to interact with what is already built 22:29 — Reaction to disasters 27:11 — Barcelona Superblocks 32:47 — Summing up Angelica was part of Strelka X Summer in 2019. Her full lecture followed by Q&A session is available at the Strelka Institute YouTube channel:
Director and storyboard artist of “Rick and Morty” Douglas Olsen talks about creating scenes, cinematic storytelling and strong draftsmanship. The lecture was organized in the framework of The New Normal series of events at Strelka in 2019 and with support from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. To watch it completely with discussion part on Strelka's YouTube-channel:
Dutch artist, inventor, and sculptor Theo Jansen talks about his "artificial life forms" from yellow plastic tubes, and explains how individual elements of these structures work. To watch his sculptures follow the link to Strelka Institute YouTube channel:
Professor of Robotics Illah Reza Nourbakhsh from The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University explaines how we would share our world with robots, and how our society could change as we incorporate a race of stronger, smarter and more connected intelligences. 0:50 — There is story goes about Lake Erie 2:42 — New mediocracy 4:24 — How robots guess what will you order in Mcdonald's and what a car does here 10:06 — Names and termins from philosophical points of view 10:50 — What recaptcha is 12:38 — Robot Smog 17:36 — Bombat Robo 19:43 — Dehumanizing robots 20:37 — Experiment with robots that was done in New Zeland 22:29 — Self-driving car 30:22 — Increased productivity 35:01 — Importancy of time 41:34 — Recommending books The lecture took place at Strelka Institute in 2013. To watch Q&A session with Nourbakhsh you can on Strelka Institute YouTube-chanell:
Norwegian smell specialist, chemist and artist Sissel Tolaas talks about scent as a pure source of information, sniffing as the way to return into childhood, drinking wine for few hours at the exhibition in SFMOMA for reprodising smell of the wine in system, smell memory and scent projects with celebrities' noses. This lecture was held at New Urban Routines Conference in 2014. Watch it including part with questions to speaker on Strelka Institute’s YouTube channel:
Belgian designer and antiques collector, gallery owner, author of three books Axel Vervoordt talks about inspiration by the Japanese wabi philosophy. It based on simplicity and restraint, on a rejection of everything excessive, extreme and artificial, on using natural materials and ancient objects. Vervoordt designed houses for Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. 0:43 — The exhibition in Venice 03:31 — Time, pure and buddism in art 08:40 — Japanese art philosophy 15:47 — Watching and analyzing paintings 24:32 — What wabi-sabi is This lecture took place at Strelka Institute in 2011. Watch the video lecture and browse the archive of Strelka events: [](
Today in our show Mark Pimlott from Delft University talks about Network Interiors on the example of Montreal, Canada. This lecture was held as a part of New Urban Routines Conference in 2014. Watch the video lecture and browse the archive of Strelka events:
Dutch architect, urbanist, and a co-founder of the MVRDV studio Winy Maas talks about urbanism in daily life. He explains how changes in city's architecture and structure have influence for inhabitants on the examples of Greater Paris and Bordo. 02:40 — What is urbanism 04:19 — Greater Paris is green like Kioto 10:30 — About changing inhabitans 12:12 —The next example about Bordo 20:10 — What looks agriculture like Russia 22:40 — Solving water system This lecture took place as a part of Urban Routines educational program of Strelka Institute in 2013. Watch the video lecture and browse the archive of Strelka events:
Author of 'Geomedia: Networked Cities and the Future of Public Space' Scott McQuire about using residents’ data makes their lives better, using and knowing next points: 2:00 — Digital media and urbanism 3:40 — Media behavior in city short history 9:57 — What mobile platforms bring for us and city 11:45 — How digital instruments were integrated in urbanism 13:25 — Sociological view on the issue 16:23 — Open sourse city agenda 17:41 — Urban forest project in Melburn example 22:57 — Public space as the most important part of city for practicing social cooperation 32:02 — Projections' and light installations' functions 37:30 — Rethink city in context of network cities The lecture took place at Strelka in 2019 as part of special lecture program of Strelka X Summer. Watch the video lecture and browse the archive of Strelka events:
In summer 2018, Amsterdam appointed eight-year-old Lotta Crok to the position of the first ever Junior Bicycle Mayor. According to her senior colleague Katelijne Boerma, they work in synergy and “it’s important that adult professionals help children to implement ideas that would be good for the city and the whole country." What are the main goals set by the duo? In this episode, Katelijne outlines the story behind famous image of Amsterdam, dives into the most common threats to the development of bicycle lanes, and shares tips on moving towards a cycling society. The lecture took place at Strelka in 2019 as part of "Look Who's Talking" Conference organised by Strelka Institute and the Polytechnic Museum. Watch the video lecture and browse the archive of Strelka events:
The technology of AI & Robotics is getting more and more intelligent and autonomous. How do we keep control over it? In this episode, Filippo Santoni de Sio, Associate Professor in Philosophy at TU Delft, covers the following: 3:02 — The definition of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics 5:35 — Old-school technologies vs the latest ones. What's the difference? 8:33 — Ways in which humans lose control over AI, starting with the power shift in favour of those who have access to all the data. Cambridge Analytica scandal flashback. 11:54 — We all fear losing a job to AI. Is technology capable of replacing us? Which jobs are to stay no matter what? Filippo suggests reading "The Rise of the Robots" by Martin Ford. 17:57 — Sorry, computer says NO. How is AI already making decisions for people? Accountability gap definition. 22:06 — As close as it gets to "The Terminator." Is technology physically harming us? Responsibility gap definition. This lecture was recorded during Strelka 2020 Live, a series of our Public Program online events streamed on Strelka’s YouTube channel. Watch Filippo's video lecture: Follow Strelka on — Facebook — Instagram — Twitter
Pentagram defines itself as "a multi-disciplinary, independently owned design studio". Founded in 1972 by five partners, it still remains an example of a successful non-vertical business structure allowing four generations of designers to work under one roof. In this episode, NY-based Pentagram partner Natasha Jen talks about the origins of this "designer's republic", the decision-making process with no CEO, and the examples of fellow studios with different structures. Studios mentioned: Landor, Lippincott, Wolffolins, Pentagram, Superunion People mentioned: Colin Forbes, Alan Fletcher, Mervyn Kurlansky, Theo Crosby, Kenneth Grange Watch the rest of the lecture with some examples of Natasha's work within Pentagram: Follow Strelka! Facebook: Instagram: Twitter:
Nick Srnicek is a Canadian writer, academic, lecturer in digital economy at King's College London, and The Terraforming expert at Strelka. He is the author of Platform Capitalism (Polity, 2016) and co-author of Inventing the Future (Verso, 2015 with Alex Williams). In this episode, Nick is interviewed by Valentin Diaconov, a Moscow-based curator and art critic. They sit down to talk about the future of work, wage labor, and the most successful experiments with basic income. There is just one day left to join The Terraforming design research program! Find out more and apply:
How can you stay mentally healthy and emotionally stable in the age of a total lack of stability? What are the ways to remain open and curious in today’s media climate? Do you rely on yourself or on the collective that surrounds you? In this episode we share a lecture by Brendan McGetrick, an independent writer, curator, designer, and former studio director at Strelka, in which he suggests the collaboration of two (The Duo) as a survival strategy by giving examples of Larry David & Jerry Seinfeld, Jean-Paul Sartre & Simone de Beauvoir, Walter Gropius & Johannes Itten, and many more. Watch the full lecture on Strelka’s YouTube channel:
Setha M. Low, professor in environmental psychology and author of the bestselling Strelka Press book 'On The Plaza' studies how cultural, social, political, and economic relations shape public spaces. In this lecture, Setha talks about the methodologies that urban anthropologists use in their research (e.g. REAP — Rapid Ethnographic Assessment Procedure) and outlines the most common threats to public space such as securitization, surveillance, and the exclusion of particular groups of people. This lecture took place at Strelka in 2019 as part of the international conference “Urban Inequalities vs. Urban Inclusion.” To watch the full lecture, visit Strelka’s YouTube channel: Buy Setha’s book in Russian with international shipping:
What kind of cultural theory would be adequate for the age of climate disturbances, technological shifts, and large-scale infrastructures? In this episode, Jussi Parikka, a media theorist and author of 'Geology of Media', talks about the materiality of media, slow environmental violence, and the way to apply his theory to The Terraforming. Design research program The Terraforming is a three-year (2020–2022) initiative of the Strelka Institute, directed by Benjamin H. Bratton. Each program cycle runs for 5 months and brings together a group of 30 interdisciplinary researchers in Moscow. Application period for the spring of 2021 is open till November 10, for more information visit our website:
Be Prolific. Ash Thorp

Be Prolific. Ash Thorp


Art director, illustrator, and concept designer for such titles as "Ghost in the Shell", "Captain Marvel" and "Assassin's Creed" Ash Thorp develops a storyline through his work process, dwells on his favourite tools for animation and 3D-renderings, shares tips on self-organisation and destroys the myth of creative block. Books Ash mentions: "Mastery" by Robert Green, "Eat That Frog" by Brian Tracy, "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield, "Damn Good Advice" by George Lois, "Manage Your Day to Day" by 99U. The lecture took place at Strelka in 2019 as part of "In Other Worlds" annual event series. To watch the full lecture followed by discussion with Liam Young and Mike Hill visit Strelka Institute YouTube channel:
The term 'millennials' was invented by a pair of American marketing professionals. Many of the propagators of the worst millennial stereotypes (lazy, entitled, fragile) are marketers with a financial incentive to invoke base passions. Malcolm Harris, author of ‘Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials’, explores other angles of approach to generational analysis. Who are millennials as workers? What are the similarities and differences across national borders and regions? Why are millennials more anxious and depressed than older cohorts? And what does all of this have to do with education? The lecture took place at Strelka in 2018.
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