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the new rural

25 - 30 January 2019
We invite young architects and creatives of all disciplines to take part in our international Winter School in Nikola-Lenivets Art Park

25 - 30 January 2019

Thomas Randall-Page (Britain)
Alejandro Haiek (Venezuela / Sweden)
Yulia Liderman (Russia)
Alex Scott-Whitby (Britain)

School curators
Professor Robert Mull (Britain)

Xenia Adjoubei (Russia)

Languages - English
Organised in collaboration with the Global Free Unit borderless MA in architecture

A multidisciplinary team of architects, landscape architects, sociologists, artists and curators will be led by local and international experts on a collective design workshop, which will define development strategies for a new village in Nikola-Lenivets Art Park, the largest museum in the open air in Europe.

We will explore the park guided by its founder, Nikolay Polissky, create a spacial, architectural and cultural proposal for the New Rural, through drawings, models, prototypes and emerging technologies.

The Winter School will culminate with a public presentation and discussion, to which we have invited an array of practitioners from the Global Free Unit network.
The New Rural
The 650 hectares of fields and forests are maintained thanks to the circular arts economy created in the park. The Park is used as a test-bed for developing sustainable landscape and forestry practices which can be applied to similar post-agricultural landscapes in Russia and, increasingly, across the world.

Nikola-Lenivets Classroom
The Classroom is an education and research centre, set in the working environment of an art park, which analyses and documents the practices that have developed in the park, as well as designing future ways of living and working in harmony with nature and local communities, while using the newest technologies available.

Results and Opportunities
The international Winter School at Nikola-Lenivets is a perfect opportunity to acquire hands-on experience in strategic programming and spacial design on a large scale in a beautiful natural landscape. Teams are international and are composed of young architects, artists, landscape architects as well as others. We have welcomed participants from the UK, Italy, Latvia and Russia. Peer to peer learning and ideas exchange is just as important as the knowledge you receive from the School's tutors.

We invite tutors and experts from the Umea School of Architecture, Sweden, ETH, Zurich, the AA, UK, University of Brighton, UK, MARCH, Russia, as well as others. The tutors for each school are confirmed a month before the start date.

Invited tutors of previous schools include Peter Markli, Swiss architect, Thomas Randall-Page, designer, tutor at the AA and Oxford Brookes, Kate Goodwin, Head of Architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts, artist and architect Alexander Brodsky, Dasha Paramonova, CEO of Strelka Architects, Niall Hobhouse, art collector, curator and public figure, Julia Bychkova, Director of Archstoryanie Festival, Robert Sollis, Director of Europa, as well as experts in timber construction and forestry.

There will be a public presentation of the School's results on the last day of your stay.

When: 25 - 30 January 2019
Where: Nikola-Lenivets Art Park

The school is open to anyone studying or working in the fields of architecture, crafts and construction, design and the arts. If you are keen to work on a real-life project and improve your creative thinking and skills.

Participation cost/ without grant support:
35 000 RU / € 460 all in

Includes accommodation, meals, materials, talks, tours. Participants will stay at Kazarma hostel.


Participation cost with a grant:
25 000 RU / € 330

20 000 RU for students or graduates of partner institutions:
Brighton University
University of East London
Universal University
Strelka Institute for Media Architecture and Design

We are grateful to our partners and supporters and to Nikola-Lenivets Art Park for sponsoring this educational programme so that we can offer it to participants at the following rates. Please send your portfolio together with your application and indicate that you would like to apply for a grant.

Russian visas: we will provide organisational support for international participants.

Languages: English
Winter School Tutors & Critics 2019

Peter Märkli
Peter Märkli

Peter Märkli is a Zurich-born (1953), Swiss-based architect. Like his contemporary, Peter Zumthor, Märkli has quietly accumulated widespread recognition and respect within the international architecture community. He is one of the most significant Swiss architects of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Since 2002 he has been Professor of Design at the ETH in Zurich.

Ana Betancour, Rector at the UMA School of Architecture in Umea
Ana Betancour

Ana Betancour is an architect and rector of UMA School of Architecture, Umeå, Sweden. She is a Professor in Architecture and Urban Design and previously Director of the MA in Architecture and Urban Design at Chalmers University of Technology, and has taught at the Bartlett in London.
Ana's work includes numerous projects in architecture and urban design, as well as cultural activism. Her work investigates alternative strategies and ways of catalysing change within the global transformations affecting cities today. Ana is the founder of the Urban Research Laboratory, and runs Urban + Architecture Agency.

Thomas Randall-Page​, Building Works Unit
Thomas Randall-Page

Award winning designer and educator, co-founder of the Building Works Unit, Studio leader at Oxford Brooks University. Thomas led the international design and build RTU summer school in Latvia for many years and co-founded the Nikola-Lenivets Classroom by leading the design and construction of the 2017 Sliced White Pavilion.
Thomas works a lot with his hands as a designer and innovator, is the winner of prestigious international competitions and the author of public pavilions in the UK.

Yulia Liderman, Senior Researcher at the School for Advanced Humanitarian Studies at RANEPA.
Photo: Olympia Orlova
Yulia Liderman

Senior Researcher at the School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economic and Public Administration, Yulia works as a sociologist in the field of contemporary culture, in particular on topics of Soviet art, theatre and cinema.
Yulia curates educational programmes on History and Theory of Modern Art and Culture, and founded the Theatrum Mundi independent scientific laboratory for interdisciplinary research together with Maria Neklyudova.

Alex Scott-Whitby, Director ScottWhitbyStudio
Alex Scott-Whitby

Alex is the founder and director of ScottWhitbyStudio, which takes on projects of all scales and durations, including public realm, private houses, public squares and civic activities; such as projects in the historic centre of Winchester and a new square outside St Paul's Cathedral.

Passionate about education, Alex is admissions tutor and senior lecturer at the University of East London, and was previously a Unit master at the Architectural Association, visiting lecturer at The Welsh School of Architecture, and a visiting professor at the International University of Architecture,Venice. He frequently gives lectures and talks about architecture and the work of the studio to schools and universities worldwide.
School Curators

Professor Robert Mull, Global Practice Unit, Publica
Robert Mull

Architect, educator, urbanist and activist. Head of the Faculty of Architecture at Brighton University, co-founder of MARCH, creator of the Global Practice Unit borderless MA programme. Robert researches the role of architecture and design in overcoming social crises, working in zones of fast social and economic change.

In the 1980s he was part of NATO, which greatly influenced modern British architecture. Robert is also the Director of Innovation at Publica.

Xenia Adjoubei, MARCH, Art Park Nikola-Lenivets
Photo: Thomas Randall-Page
Xenia Adjoubei

An architect and educator who works between London and Moscow. Xenia heads up educational programmes in Nikola-Lenivets Art Park. She is lead tutor and head of international projects at Moscow Architecture School, and founder of ASWStudio, an architecture practice which specialises in public realm and cultural projects. Xenia also conducts research and curates exhibitions on topics such as Art as Labour and is on the expert panel for the Moscow Urban Forum.
Places are limited so please send us your
application as soon as possible
See photos from the 2017 Summer School here

If you have any questions
We would be glad to answer them
over the phone: +7 (495) 150-54-75
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Nikola-Lenivets Art Park is in the Kaluga region in Russia, to find out how to get here check out our directions.
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Participation in the Nikola-Lenivets Winter School 2019
the new rural
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