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Shukhov Lab of HSE Graduate School of Urbanism in collaboration with IAAC (Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia) and Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design is getting ready for the Global Summer School 2018 in Moscow!

The Global Summer School (GSS) is a platform defined by ambitious, multi-scalar investigation on the implications of emergent techniques in our planned environments. GSS18 will run from 16 to 29 July 2018 in Moscow. The first week of the GSS will take place in Strelka Institute and the second one - in Shukhov Lab. During the GSS18 MSC program students will be exposed to a unique environment of applied research by working in collaboration with experts from IAAC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia and Shukhov lab of HSE Graduate School of Urbanism. An exclusive research and educational space and all facilities of Shukhov Lab and Strelka Institute will be available for the participants during two weeks of the program. Research and project development will be supported by academic lectures, tutorials and desk crits. with international experts, academics and designers. As last year, Shukhov Lab will provide all the necessary technical equipment to create the final prototype.



The world’s economy is addicted to fossil energy sources, and the construction industry is one of the heaviest users. Every stage of the building process, from the sourcing of raw materials, the production of building elements, transportation to the site to the construction itself is part of this dependency. The energy and material consumed in the course of this process become inaccessible, and after the end of the building’s lifespan, its remains are being buried on landfills. Given today’s awareness of limited resources, pollution and climate change, it is no longer possible to accept this linear trajectory.

New production processes give the possibility to explore advanced tools that transform global and mass production methods into customized, local, accessible and, by these means, sustainable ones. Advancements in the field of material sciences, as well as living materials, also open up the potentials to nature based or bio-inspired hybrid solutions. A set of computational strategies support the integration of form, material and structure by incorporating physical form-finding strategies with digital analysis and fabrication. Within this context, design methods are being redefined in their consistency.

Our proposal for the GSS MSC 2018 is engaging with this challenge on the material, procedural level. At the core of the concept is a building element made from bioplastics - a range of polymers that do not depend on energy-hungry petro-based industrial infrastructure, but use locally sourced renewable materials as their primary ingredient, and are accessible to distributed modes of production.



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Within the GSS18 MSC program, organised in collaboration with Strelka Institute and Shukhov Lab of HSE Graduate School of Urbanism, participants will be investigating new computational and fabrication strategies for production of responsive and sustainable design solutions. Learning both software to hardware, students will be incorporating physical material research and form-finding strategies with digital design, structural analysis and robotic manufacturing methods. From advanced urban theories to public space analysis, from material tests to the digital simulations and design, from design proposal to fabrication of the final prototype – the investigation will be integrating technology, biology and new production methods for generation of the design for hybrid urban element for public space. The final goal of the course will be a design and fabrication of an urban element in 1:1 scale, which potentially will be exhibited at the Afisha Music Festival in Moscow.





IAAC GSS is open to creative and innovative people who are interested in fields such as architecture, urban planning, digital fabrication, design etc., searching for a multidisciplinary experience in an international environment. No previous skills are required, although CAD design, programming and digital fabrication skills are welcome. The official language of the course is English.

After the course, the participants will have gained theoretical and applicative knowledge about current urban innovative strategies. Moreover, they will become familiar with parametric software, data visualization and the use of digital machines. In the end of the course all participants will receive a Global Summer School Diploma.

The fee is 41000 RUB and includes all material costs needed for the course. No additional registration fee is required. Flight tickets, accommodation and food are not included in the fee. Each participant should bring his/her own computer with the software installed. Further details about the software will be given to the participants upon acceptance.


Elena Mitrofanova

Architect, Leading Expert Shukhov Lab

Ivan Mitrofanov

Engineer, Leading Expert Shukhov Lab

Maria Kuptsova

Architect, PhD candidate IOUD UIBK


You can view and download the detailed schedule for the Global Summer School 2018 here: