RDI became partner of project MOSCOW: Urban Space at the XIV Architectural Biennale in Venice

06/ 06

At the XIV Architectural Biennale in Venice Moscow for the first time presented own exhibition project MOSCOW: Urban Space. This project focuses on the basic changes and shifts which took place in the architectural concept of Moscow throughout its history, at the same time demonstrating new opportunities for urban development. RDI acted as partner of this project, while Dmitry Aksenov, the company founder became the commissioner of the Moscow pavilion.

While in the XX century the face of the megacity was largely defined by its architectural image, today the identity of the city and its uniqueness to a greater extent depend on the so-called “connective tissue” of public spaces. While working on the exhibition the international team which included Sergey Kuznetsov, Chief Architect of Moscow, Christine Fairice, publicist and expert in architecture, Dmitry Aksenov, RDI Chairman of the Board of Directors, patron and collector, researched this transformation, looking at the way public urban spaces evolved in significant markers for the identity of the modern megacities. The exhibition MOSCOW: Urban Space took place on the exhibition premises and in the inner court of the Venetian church Santa Maria della Pieta, taking up a total area of around 700 square meters. Using to the best effect the variety of the exhibition premises, the past of the Moscow city was presented to the viewers in a darkened hall, with six overturned prisms hung under the ceiling, the flat facets of which were used to demonstrate photographs of cult architectural structures, like experimental residential complexes of the avant-garde age, huge palace from the times of the Stalin Empire style bloom or standard objects from the modernism age.

The program parallel to the architectural biennale was launched June 7 and is expected to continue until November 23, 2014.

Organizer: Moscow Committee for Architecture and Urban Development (Moskomarchitektura)
Project monitor: Sergey Kuznetsov
Commissioner: Dmitry Aksenov
Art consultant: Christine Fairice Participants: Diller Scofidio + Renfro in cooperation with Transsolar Klimaengineering and Rieder Group
Architectural concept of the exhibition: TRIAD Berlin.