Murmansk: urban field trip

This August Shukhov Lab is organising an expedition to Murmansk as a part of a long-term research project ‘New cities and settlements in the North of Russia’

Shukhov Lab of the HSE Graduate School of Urbanism is launching a long-term research project ‘New cities and settlements in the North of Russia’. The project will include a series of expeditions, research activities and publications and will be supervised by the director of the Laboratory for Experimental Urban Design Vicente Guallart together with a number of leading international and Russian experts.

The first field trip will be to Murmansk and will take place from 12 to 19 August 2018. Murmansk is the largest city to the north of the Arctic Circle with the ice-free harbour and Russia’s only port with unrestricted access to the Atlantic and world sea routes. Today Murmansk has a large shipbuilding industry and is an important fishing port. Its fish-processing plant is one of the largest in Europe.

The aim of the field trip is to conduct a 1-week research in order to generate insights and visions about European North of Russia facing global weather changes.

The expedition will be divided into the following workshops:

‘Socio-cultural landscape of the city’ curated by Sofya Gavrilova (photographer, PhD in Geography and the Environment School, Oxford, PhD in Cartography, Moscow State University)
‘Architecture of the Arctic coast’ curated by Elena Mitrofanova (architect, Master in Advanced Architecture, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia)
‘Northern Transportation Systems’ curated by Nikolay Zalesskiy (research fellow of the Institute for Transport Economics and Transport Policy Studies)
‘Northern Urbanization’ curated by Nadia Khort (urbanist, head of the Laboratory for Experimental Urban Design)

To apply for the field trip, please send your CV and motivation letter to Nadia Khort and indicate ‘Murmansk: field trip’ as a subject.

For students and employees of the HSE University all costs will be  covered by HSE grant (‘Discovering Russia Anew’ project). Non-HSE participants are welcome to join the expedition for a fee of RUR 30,000 that includes accommodation costs and a return flight to Murmansk.