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Projects by HSE School of Design Students Exhibited at Venice Biennale

Ksenia Ermakova, Sofya Paymanova, and Natalia Chernobrova, third- and fourth-year students of the HSE School of Design, have presented their vision of VDNH’s reconstruction as part of the Russian Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale.

This year, the topic of the exhibition at the Russian Pavilion is 'V.D.N.H. Urban Phenomenon’. According to the pavilion curators, VDNH will become a laboratory to test and trial new urban meanings and formats, which can later be used further afield. As part of a workshop organized for the biennale by the HSE Graduate School of Urbanism and the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), participants from Moscow and Barcelona have been rethinking the concept of VDNH and further scenarios for the development of Moscow’s largest architectural complex.

The best young designers, architects and urbanists from Russia, Spain, Romania, Peru, China, and Latvia, supervised by Vicente Guallart, founder of IAAC, and Sergey Kuznetsov, Chief Architect of Moscow, carried out field research at VDNH. You can see the results of their work in the Russian Pavilion at Venice Biennale until November 27th, 2016. After that, the Russian Pavilion’s exposition will move to VDNH.

Ksenia Ermakova, 3rd-year student: The idea of my project is to reinvent VDNH through an avant-garde vision. This is an attempt to imagine the pavilions’ interior and exterior from the perspective of an avant-garde artist and architect. I have tried to demonstrate how VDNH would look if it had been created by constructivists.


Natalia Chernobrova, 4th-year student: My project is about how I see VDNH in the future. I created a post-apocalyptic model of the park without humans, only animals and birds. The ground is covered by grass, and the pavilions are overgrown. The main topic of my project is ecology.


Sofya Paymanova, 4th-year student: The main topic of my project is the future of VDNH, its landscape and park pavilions if people used only air transport to move about on its territory. I imagine that there is no asphalt at all, everything is covered with grass, and people hang out on the roofs, with restaurants and night cinemas located there.

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