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22 Jun 2012
Launch of architecture and design publishing house Strelka Press
Strelka Press creates new digital model for writing on architecture, design and the city
Strelka Press is a radical publishing house for new writing on architecture, design and the city. Essays and long-form journalism are published as ebooks, offering instant access to critical thinking from around the world.
Based in Moscow, Strelka Press is part of the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design. The school’s experimental approach is echoed in its publishing arm, which aims, through this digital publishing platform, to bring Russia into the international debate.
An initial series of seven essays is being released for the launch of Strelka Press:
• Across the Plaza: The Public Voids of the Post-Soviet City, by Owen Hatherley
• Make It Real: Architecture as Enactment, by Sam Jacob
• Dark Matter and Trojan Horses: A Strategic Design Vocabulary, by Dan Hill
• The Action is the Form: Victor Hugo’s TED Talk, by Keller Easterling
• The Dot-Com City: Silicon Valley Urbanism, by Alexandra Lange
• Splendidly Fantastic: Architecture and Power Games in China, by Julia Lovell
• Edge City: Driving the Periphery of São Paulo, by Justin McGuirk
President of Strelka Ilya Oskolkov-Tsentsiper says “One of the things that’s special about Strelka is that it’s an ongoing experiment, and our publishing house has the same quality. We want to publish great work from around the world but publishing is a rapidly evolving field and we also aim to keep testing what’s possible.”
Director of Strelka Press Justin McGuirk says, “Our first series of essays is rich and diverse, and we see them as the seed of an equally diverse publishing project. Despite this angst about the ‘death’ of the book, this is an exciting time for publishing, and we want to be at the forefront of these new possibilities.”
The first series of ebooks is already available as Kindle editions from Amazon (priced at £2 / €2.60 / $2.99) and will shortly be available for iPads from the iBookstore.
Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design is an international education project that launched in 2010. A non-profit, independent, experimental space for new ways of learning, Strelka is a post-graduate research institute with a curriculum designed and led by Rem Koolhaas/AMO. The Institute also hosts public lectures and workshops, publishes books and consults on urban development.
18 May 2010
Strelka School Moscow
Strelka postgraduate school for media, architecture and design
Rotterdam/Moscow, 18 May 2010 – Strelka, a new postgraduate school for media, architecture and design, launches its ambitious educational program for 2010-11, developed in collaboration with AMO, in a special event at the Red October Chocolate Factory in Moscow on 25 May.
The Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, a non-profit, independent school, intends to raise the ambition of the creative industries in Moscow. A select group of students will work intensely and innovatively on a series of themes currently shaping Russia and its role in the world. Their work – culminating in a variety of projects to be presented at the end of the first academic year – will be guided and interrogated by instructors who are leaders in their cultural fields both within Russia and internationally.
Ilya Oskolkov-Tsentsiper, President of Strelka, said: “The scale of challenges facing Russia requires a new generation of architects and designers to deal with them. We are delighted to collaborate with AMO and Rem Koolhaas, who have talent, will and experience on a level required by the task”.
AMO, the think tank within OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture), will provide the framework for these investigations, drawing on its global network of collaborators and its serious interest in Russia – evidenced in nearly a decade of collaboration with the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. Partners in charge at AMO are Rem Koolhaas and Reinier de Graaf.
Rem Koolhaas commented: “I’m fascinated that my longstanding interest in Russia can now take the form of an involvement in the education of a new generation of Russian architects.”
The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) is a leading international partnership practicing contemporary architecture, urbanism and cultural analysis. The counterpart to OMA’s architectural practice is AMO, a design and research studio based in the company’s Rotterdam office. While OMA remains dedicated to the realization of buildings and masterplans, AMO operates in areas beyond the traditional boundaries of architecture, including media, politics, sociology, technology, fashion, curating, publishing, and graphic design. AMO’s clients include the European Union, Prada, Universal Studios, Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, Heineken, the Hermitage museum, Ikea, Condé Nast and Harvard University. AMO has produced exhibitions at the Venice Biennale and Venice Architecture Biennale, guest-edited issues of the magazines Wired and Domus. AMO has just published Al Manakh: Gulf Continued, a guide to the rapid transformation of the Gulf region, which will be followed later this year by Project Japan, an oral history of the Metabolist architects.
OMA is led by five partners: Rem Koolhaas, Ellen van Loon, Reinier de Graaf, Shohei Shigematsu, and managing partner Victor van der Chijs.
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