Renovation: What Moscow Can Learn From Paris
The HSE Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism has made a documentary on renovation in Paris. In it, government officials, architects and residents of the Paris suburbs discuss social and urban projects changing the city. The film was shown on December 21 at Shukhov Lab.
The film, titled Maison d'être, was shot as part of the summer school Les Ateliers d’Eté, organized by the HSE Graduate School of Urbanism and the French association D’est. The filmmakers spent two weeks investigating communities in the outskirts of Paris, such as Montreuil, Nanterre, Saint-Denis, and Clichy-sous-Bois. Many of these areas went into decline after the end of the industrial boom at the second half of the 20th century, have seen rising immigrant populations and taken on a reputation of ‘problem areas’. The French government has launched several programmes to renew the infrastructure of areas like this in the country’s biggest cities, and some of them have already delivered positive change.
‘We wanted to see how national urban programmes are transformed into an environment that people can call home, where they feel safe and which they don’t want to leave’, said Marina Sapunova, one of the filmmakers and expert at the HSE Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism. Representatives of French national agencies and local residents spoke about these transformations in the film.
The Paris experience could prove to be highly relevant to Moscow, where a new renovation programme will cover 10% of the city. ‘We should look at the experience of other cities and countries’, said Alexei Novikov, Dean of the HSE Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism, ‘We thought that Paris might be particularly interesting in this regard. Not only because it is similar to Moscow in terms of its layout, but also because it was an example of renovation in the 19th century’.
The film includes a lot of discussion for a particular reason. ‘Discussions and debates are essential for French urban policy, since by talking people can discuss things as they are, negotiate, and make plans regarding the future transformation of the city’, explained Marina Sapunova.
The film will be part of the new online educational platform, which the Graduate School of Urbanism is launching as part of the Erasmus+ programme. Materials not used in this project will be used in other projects. The film closes by taking the viewer from a French community to the Moscow district of Severnoye Chertanovo, and the filmmakers behind Maison d'être will follow-up with a documentary study of Moscow districts.
On May 14, the 72nd Cannes Film Festival opens with Jim Jarmusch’s film, The Dead Don't Die. The official Russian delegation to the festival includes students of the Higher School of Cinema ‘Arka’, which offers joint continuing education programmes with HSE’s Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design. Students' short films will be shown as part of the annual almanac, Global Russians.
‘Maison d'Être’ is an exploratory documentary about people's emotional place attachment in highly dynamic Greater Paris undergoing large-scale urban renewal campaigns. GSU documentary about Paris is now available online.
Perhaps, in the not-so-distant future, people will be living in skyscrapers made of wood and concrete with a farm on the first floor and solar panels on the roof. Such a model of a future residential block was presented by the students of the master's programme ‘Prototyping Future Cities’. To create the model, they studied houses in Moscow that have been built over the past hundred years and analyzed international experience. Their model was presented at the Moscow Urban Forum in July and, on September 13 (HSE Day), it will be possible to see it again at Gorky Park.
The Design School is launching HSE Film School, bringing together all educational levels: the BA in Film and Video-Art, Modern Art programmes, further education, post-graduate and MA studies. HSE Film School is led by renowned film director and screenwriter Alexander Zeldovich, who talks here about why contemporary film needs a new approach, what will be taught in the Film School, and why.
The Moscow Urban Forum will take place from July 17 to 22 at Zaryadye Park. This year’s topic is ‘Megacity of the Future: New Space for Living’. HSE representatives will participate in the forum’s expert discussions.
Neeraj Mazumder, a native of India, is a first-year student in the Master’s programme Prototyping Future Cities offered by HSE’s Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism. He received his Bachelor’s in Architecture from Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University in Hyderabad and came to Moscow to study how cities can be analyzed and smart cities designed.
Last year, a team of Advanced Urban Design students from the Graduate School of Urbanism and Strelka Institute embarked on a research expedition to Johannesburg, where they studied problems associated with food security, poverty and inequality.
Unique Brain Surgeries and Electricity from Moss: HSE Scholars Present Their Discoveries at ONF Action Forum
At an exhibition held during the Russian Popular Front (ONF) Action Forum in Moscow, December 18-19, HSE neuro-linguists presented a method to preserve human speech after brain surgeries, and urbanists showcased sources of energy made of ceramics and moss.
On September 27, the 6th International Festival of Audiovisual Anthropology ‘Days of Ethnographic Cinema’ starts at the Museum of Moscow. Our guide will show you why not only professionals should go to this event and what’s remarkable about its programme.
In November 2014 the film 'The Son' about the problems of choice in a typical life and death existential situation went on general release in Russia. It is independent filmmaker Arseny Gonchukov’s third full-length feature film. In the 'Success Builder' series he talks about how to shoot and promote auteur cinema on a minimal budget and win film festival prizes.