Murmansk: Urban Field Trip

Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism HSE

English, Russian
Long-term programme
12.08.2018 - 19.08.2018
30,000 RUR

About the Programme

The Shukhov Lab of the HSE Graduate School of Urbanism is launching a long-term research project ‘New cities and settlements in the North of Russia’. The project will include a series of expeditions, research activities and publications and will be supervised by the director of the Laboratory for Experimental Urban Design, Vicente Guallart, together with a number of leading international and Russian experts. The first field trip will be to Murmansk, the largest city to the north of the Arctic Circle with an ice-free harbour and is Russia’s only port with unrestricted access to the Atlantic and world sea routes. Murmansk also has a large shipbuilding industry and is an important fishing port. Its fish-processing plant is one of the largest in Europe. The aim of the field trip is to conduct a 1-week research project in order to generate insights into the global weather changes faced by those in the European North of Russia. The expedition will be divided into the following workshops: - ‘Socio-cultural landscape of the city’ curated by Sofya Gavrilova (photographer, PhD in Geography and the Environment School, Oxford, PhD in Cartography, Moscow State University) - ‘Architecture of the Arctic coast’ curated by Elena Mitrofanova (architect, Master in Advanced Architecture, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia) - ‘Northern Transportation Systems’ curated by Nikolay Zalesskiy (research fellow of the Institute for Transport Economics and Transport Policy Studies) - ‘Northern Urbanization’ curated by Nadia Khort (urbanist, head of the Laboratory for Experimental Urban Design)

About Us

Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism is an independent learning and research division of the National Research University Higher School of Economics. Founded in 2011, the School takes a multidisciplinary approach towards studying and planning modern cities, using the excellent foundation that one of Russia’s top universities has formed in the humanities and socioeconomics.


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