APRIL 28th, 2021

On April 28, 2021, in the framework of the public program to the exhibition "Anatomy of Structures", held from March to June in the Na Shabolovke Gallery, a round table on "Art of Construction in Russia in the 19th-20th centuries: relevance, specificity, and possible research opportunities" was held.

Extensive European and individual Russian studies of the art of engineering in the 19th-20th centuries, in particular the exhibition at Na Shabolovke Gallery, show both the unique potential of this period for the architectural practice and preservation of the heritage as well as its insufficient study. Despite the abundance of archival sources, generally accepted judgments about the value or attribution of engineering heritage are supported more by myths than full-fledged scientific research.
The purpose of the round table is to discuss the actual state of research in this field, as well as the possibilities of increasing interest in it by stimulating and organizing scientific projects, as well as finding interested individuals and organizations in the realities of modern Russian science.
Roundtable participants:
  • Sergey Fedorov — structural engineer, Ph.D., researcher at the Institute of Construction of the Faculty of Architecture at the Technical University in Karlsruhe (KIT), member of the Koldewey-Gesellschaft für baugeschichtliche Forschung e. V., docomomo (International Working Group for the Documentation and Preservation of Buildings, Sites and Neighborhoods of Modern Movement), member of the Scientific Committee of the International Congress on the History of Construction/ICCH (Cottbus 2009, Paris 2012, Chicago 2015).
  • Ilya Pechenkin — Ph.D. in Art History, Associate Professor, Senior Researcher at the Research Institute of Theory and History of Architecture and Urban Planning (a branch of the Central Research Institute of Architecture and Urban Planning of the Ministry of Construction of Russia).
  • Margarita Aksenenko — an art historian and head of the manuscript department at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts.
  • Yuri Yuzhakov — structural engineer, senior lecturer at the Department of Buildings and Architectural Design at Moscow State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering (MGSU).
  • Dmitry Kozlov — Ph.D. in Art History, senior researcher at the Laboratory of Architectural Morphogenesis at the NIITAG.
  • Olga Shurygina — historian, independent researcher.
Moderator: Daria Kovaleva — architect, lecturer at the Moscow Architecture School (MARCH), research associate at the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual design (ILEK) at the University of Stuttgart.
Recording of the Round Table on Youtube-channel of Moscow architecture School (MARCH):