During the revolutionary 1920s, when the avant-guards proclaimed its will to change the world erasing the distinction between art and politics, Moscow was at the centre of intense urban transformation. Russia was leading an urban revolution. The city called for concentration of the masses, for frenetic activity: to produce more and faster, to produce dwellings, to produce a new socialist man. Amid such political fervour, architecture was not simply a way to respond to practical demands of the revolutionary society; it was also a way to reform the everyday lives of the people. The idea of Novyj Byta popularized by Trotsky refers to a scientific, systematic reorganization of the everyday within all spheres of personal life. Through the frame of the Re centering Periphery (RCP) project – an independent research project, conceived, designed and directed by the ogino:knauss collective – we will look at the emblematic outcomes of this modernist architectural and planning ideology, its legacy, and forgotten or erased values. We will present the film Dom Novogo Byta, the diary of a journey chasing the remnants of that extraordinary utopian season and comparing it with the contemporary reality of post-communist Russia.
Laura Colini works on urban policies, multi-level governance and marginalization. She is an architect and PhD in Urban and Territorial Studies at the University of Florence in Italy and MIT Boston (USA), postdoctoral Marie Curie Fellow at the Mediacity Programme, coordinator of the PhD Urban Heritage Programme at Bauhaus University Weimar (DE). Currently, she is a researcher at IRS, Leibniz Institute in Berlin (DE).
Lorenzo Tripodi, PhD in Urban, Regional and Environmental Design, works as an independent researcher in urban and media studies and a film maker. His main topics are conflicts and transformation of public space, image production processes in the urban economy, sustainable urban development, modernism and urban peripheries, new media and participatory practices for planning. Co-founder of TESSERAE Urban Social Research – Berlin. Develops a parallel career as filmmaker with Ogino:knauss, art collective dealing with experimental audiovisual research.