The New Normal

Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design

Long-term programme
30.01.2019 - 30.06.2019

About the Programme

The 5-months tuition-free postgraduate programme focuses on research and design for the city and explores the opportunities posed by emerging technologies for interdisciplinary urban design practices. The New Normal is a speculative urbanism think-tank, a platform for the invention and articulation of a new discourse and new models. Emerging technologies and processes have so thoroughly infused the fabric of our cities that to even think about ‘urban design’ now requires a fresh understanding of how these new processes work, and in what ways they might be challenging our shared cultural, economic and political fabric. At Strelka Institute, we reflect on this new paradigm and catch up to ‘The New Normal’, the new context set in motion by the age of global computation, data analytics and algorithmic governance, by updating our contemporary urban toolkit. During the intensive program, students work in small teams to research and develop original speculative interventions and platforms. Urban design projects include spatial plans, but the Strelka program also emphasizes strategy, cinema and software.

Who's Coming

The multidisciplinary programme is aimed at young professionals from Russia and abroad with backgrounds and work experience in the fields of architecture, urbanism, digital media, interactive design, computer technologies, social studies, and other fields. Applicants to the programme need to have a higher education diploma (in any specialisation), and no less than 2 years of work experience. When reviewing applications, we focus on how prospective researchers can apply their expertise to the research agenda of the programme and current theme.

About You

- Completed higher education - 2-3 years of work experience - Fluency in English - Age: 25 to 35 (recommended) - High level of motivation and self-organisation

About Us

The Strelka Institute provides a platform for creativity, ingenuity and collaborative cultural production across the fields of architecture, design, and media.