Identity in Typical.
Saving Cultural Heritage

17 February 2022
ZOOM
19:00–20:30 MSK
online lecture and discussion
About the lecture
Lecture will be delivered in Russian with no translation
How can cultural heritage be properly preserved in a rapidly changing world? Houses and palaces of culture are unique socio-cultural buildings that exist only in the former Soviet countries. During the 20th century, Russian society went through global changes several times, and it was palaces of culture that were often the foci and drivers of these changes. After the collapse of the Soviet Union many cultural centres were lost, destroyed, some were converted into shops, or otherwise changed their original purpose. Today Russia, like the rest of the world, is on the threshold of a new era of the creative economy. The country is faced with the question of how to fit its cultural heritage into its nowadays realia.

This lecture will focus on the research project called Identity in the Typical, led by architects Daria Naugolnova and Alexey Boev. The project is an international survey of the system of palaces and houses of culture in Russia. The aim of the project is to help this already existing system of 42,000 sociocultural buildings to become a driver of contemporary values by modernising it. The lecture will explain what has already been done, how the researchers work, what is planned and how it will be implemented.

The project is supported by the Dutch Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, the Russian Presidential Grants Fund and the Union of Moscow Architects.
Alexey Boev
Professional experience and current professional activity:
· Architect at "Neutelings Riedijk Architects" (Netherlands)
· Founder of the architectural research bureau "VISOTA" (Netherlands)
· Head of the study of the system of houses and palaces of culture in Russia "Identity in the typical"
· Guest teacher at the "Amsterdam Academy of Architecture"
Studied at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture and obtained an International Master of Architecture degree
Daria Naugolnova
Professional experience and current professional activity:
· Founder of the architectural research bureau "VISOTA" (Netherlands)
· Head of the study of the system of houses and palaces of culture in Russia "Identity in the typical"
· Guest teacher at the "Amsterdam Academy of Architecture"
Studuied at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture and obtained an International Master of Architecture degree
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