Magic Blocks presented at Moscow Architecture Bienniale

Central House of Artists, May 26 – June 8, 2010

The second Moscow Architecture Biennale focused on the question of how to modernize the existing city. As curator Bart Goldhoorn stated, "In the first decade of the 21st century, Russia hoped to be able to create new cities that would offer new environments for new ways of living. Now, both credit and climate crisis make us realize that we should focus on creating this new city from within. In the coming years or even decades, the task of architects and urbanists is not to build new cities on pristine land, but to deal with existing cities: cities that are often badly designed to start with, that are slowly falling apart, and that are inadequate for contemporary life. These are wasteful cities – this is their major problem, but also the key to their revival. Modernization can be financed by making the city more efficient: by reducing energy consumption, by increasing density, by restructuring open space and by developing an economical and social infrastructure that will create jobs and improve the quality of life".

In 2009 the project, 'MAGIC BLOCKS', (an Archis Interventions, Zeppelin and Point 4 initiative, launched in cooperation with ATU, Space Syntax Romania, Hackenbroich Architekten and Platforma 9,81), developed scenarios for the future development and use of socialist-era housing estates in Bucharest. The project was presented both in the exhibition 'Modernization of Modernism', and on May 28 – in a lecture by Constantin Goagea of Zeppelin Association, Bucharest – as part of the panel discussion 'MODERNISM -/+'.
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