Strelka, a new school in Moscow, launches with Office for Metropolitan Architecture's AMO collaboration Print
Tuesday, 18 May 2010 06:16

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.”