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Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism (GSU) is a learning and research division of the Faculty of Urban and Regional Development of the National Research University Higher School of Economics. Founded in 2011, the School takes a multidisciplinary approach towards studying and planning modern cities, using the excellent foundation that one of Russia’s top universities has formed in the humanities and socioeconomics. The School’s mission is to create a centre in Russia for learning and research in urban studies and urban planning. It is envisioned that this centre will respond to the needs of the 21st century city and the corresponding era of megacities that are home to tens of millions of people with diverse interests and aspirations. These are cities where sources of information grow and the space for civil, creative, and economic opportunities expands. From 2016 the School is officially named in honor of its first dean and one of the founders — Alexander Vysokovsky (1948-2014).
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The Lecture Series attracted more than 400 participants from 39 countries worldwide. The events were on high demand in Russia, Germany, India, Romania and the United States. Records of the past lectures are now available online. In the near future we will prepare Russian subtitles to make the materials more accessible for a broader audience.
The problem of systematic stigmatisation of modernist housing emerged as a common concern among the speakers.
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Dr. Daniela Zupan, professor at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar spoke on how discourses of decline and crisis are being constructed around modernist housing estates, while Dr. Florian Urban, professor at the Glasgow School of Art revealed how these discourses unfolded in different cultural and political contexts. Both lectures noted, how rapidly the modernist development had been turned from ‘housing of the new era’ to ‘an unsuccessful example of development’ and ‘concrete panopticon’. Taking these ‘failures’ as case studies, the lectures demonstrated that this transformation had been motivated by economic and political reason, rather than the material quality of construction per se. Dr. Zupan supported this thesis with comparison of case studies from Germany and Austria.
The demand for renewal of the planning structure and housing stock is a crucial challenge to modernist large housing estates. Like any other housing stock in the city, modernist buildings need support and adaptation to the evolving conditions of urban life. Dr. Bernd Hunger, an urban planner and sociologist from Stadtbüro Hunger, spoke about urban renewal programme launched in Berlin. On the case of Friedrichsfelde neighbourhood Dr. Hunger analysed the process of developing and approving a neighbourhood masterplan from formulating the aims of the project and pre-project analysis to public hearings and project implementation. Maria Melnikova, a leading research fellow at Kompetenzzentrum Großsiedlungen Berlin addressed the evolution of approaches to work with large housing estates in Germany from early 1990es to the present day
Dr. Martin Ouředníček, Vice-dean for Geographic Department at Charles University in Prague, tackled the issue of the consistency of territorial development plans at the district and city levels. On the case of Jižní Město neighbourhood in Prague he analysed the effects of implementation of balanced policies of different levels. Dr. Ouředníček noted the importance of acknowledging housing being a fundamental human right rather that economic asset when developing strategies of urban renewal.
Dr. Christian Fröhlich, associate professor at Faculty of Social Sciences at Higher School of Economics and academic supervisor of Comparative Social Research programme, shared the research results on new ties of solidarity and citizenship that Moscow residents acquire defending their neighbourhoods.
Dr. Mats Stjernberg, a senior research fellow at Nordregio research centre for regional development and planning, explored the historical context for the development of large housing estates in Finland. Basing on his doctoral research, Dr. Stjernberg showed how socio-demographic parameters of Finnish large housing estates had been changing over past 20 years.