the new rural

25 - 30 January 2019
We invite young architects and creatives of all disciplines to take part in our international Winter School in Nikola-Lenivets Art Park

25 - 30 January 2019

Professor Robert Mull (Britain)
Professor Ana Betancour (Sweden)
Alex Scott-Whitby (Britain)
and others

School curator
Xenia Adjoubei (Russia)

Languages - English
Organised in collaboration with the Global Free Unit borderless MA in architecture

A multidisciplinary team of architects, landscape architects, sociologists, artists and curators will be led by local and international experts on a collective design workshop, which will define development strategies for Nikola-Lenivets Art Park, the largest museum in the open air in Europe.

We will explore the park, guided by its founder, Nikolay Polissky and Archsotyanie Festival director, Julia Bychkova. We will work with the plan laid down by Swiss architect Peter Markli and create maps, prototypes and critical texts, as well as re-thinking the park from the point of view of future technologies in forest and land maintenance.

The Winter School will culminate with a public presentation and discussion, to which we have invited an array of practitioners from the Global Free Unit network.
The New Rural
The 650 hectares of fields and forests are maintained thanks to the circular arts economy created in the park. The Park is used as a test-bed for developing sustainable landscape and forestry practices which can be applied to similar post-agricultural landscapes in Russia and, increasingly, across the world.

Nikola-Lenivets Classroom
The Classroom is an education and research centre, set in the working environment of an art park, which analyses and documents the practices that have developed in the park, as well as designing future ways of living and working in harmony with nature and local communities, while using the newest technologies available.

Results and Opportunities
The international Winter School at Nikola-Lenivets is a perfect opportunity to acquire hands-on experience in strategic programming and spacial design on a large scale in a beautiful natural landscape. Teams are international and are composed of young architects, artists, landscape architects as well as others. We have welcomed participants from the UK, Italy, Latvia and Russia. Peer to peer learning and ideas exchange is just as important as the knowledge you receive from the School's tutors.

We invite tutors and experts from the Umea School of Architecture, Sweden, ETH, Zurich, the AA, UK, University of Brighton, UK, MARCH, Russia, as well as others. The tutors for each school are confirmed a month before the start date.

Invited tutors of previous schools include Peter Markli, Swiss architect, Thomas Randall-Page, designer, tutor at the AA and Oxford Brookes, Kate Goodwin, Head of Architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts, artist and architect Alexander Brodsky, Dasha Paramonova, CEO of Strelka Architects, Niall Hobhouse, art collector, curator and public figure, Julia Bychkova, Director of Archstoryanie Festival, Robert Sollis, Director of Europa, as well as experts in timber construction and forestry.

There will be a public presentation of the School's results on the last day of your stay.

When: 25 - 30 January 2019
Where: Nikola-Lenivets Art Park

The school is open to anyone studying or working in the fields of architecture, crafts and construction, design and the arts. If you are keen to work on a real-life project and improve your creative thinking and skills.

Participation cost/ without grant support:
35 000 RU / € 460 all in

Includes accommodation, meals, materials, talks, tours. Participants will stay at Kazarma hostel.


Participation cost with a grant:
25 000 RU / € 330 all in
20 000 RU for Brighton University, University of East London and Universal University Students and alumni of the Strelka Institute
We are grateful to our partners and supporters and to Nikola-Lenivets Art Park for sponsoring this educational programme so that we can offer it to participants at the following rates. Please send your portfolio together with your application and indicate that you would like to apply for a grant.

Russian visas: we will provide organisational support for international participants.

Languages: English
Winter School Tutors & Critics 2019

Professor Robert Mull, Global Practice Unit, Publica
Robert Mull

Architect, educator, urbanist and activist. Head of the Faculty of Architecture at Brighton University, co-founder of MARCH, creator of the Global Practice Unit borderless MA programme. Robert researches the role of architecture and design in overcoming social crises, working in zones of fast social and economic change.

In the 1980s he was part of NATO, which greatly influenced modern British architecture. Robert is also the Director of Innovation at Publica.

Ana Betancour, Rector at the UMA School of Architecture in Umea
Ana Betancour

Ana Betancour is an architect and rector of UMA School of Architecture, Umeå, Sweden. She is a Professor in Architecture and Urban Design and previously Director of the MA in Architecture and Urban Design at Chalmers University of Technology, and has taught at the Bartlett in London.

Ana's work includes numerous projects in architecture and urban design, as well as cultural activism. Her work investigates alternative strategies and ways of catalysing change within the global transformations affecting cities today. Ana is the founder of the Urban Research Laboratory, and runs Urban + Architecture Agency.

Alex Scott-Whitby, Director ScottWhitbyStudio
Alex Scott-Whitby

Alex is the founder and director of ScottWhitbyStudio, and works personally on all the projects in the studio.
He enjoys working with the clients on projects of all scales and durations and is currently leading projects that range from a maypole on the Strand to a large private house in Riyadh, from a public space in Winchester to a new square outside St Paul's Cathedral.

Passionate about education, Alex combines leading ScottWhitbyStudio with being admissions tutor and senior lecturer at the University of East London, and was previously a Unit master at the Architectural Association, visiting lecturer at The Welsh School of Architecture, and a visiting professor at the International University of Architecture,Venice. He frequently gives lectures and talks about architecture and the work of the studio to schools and universities worldwide.
Places are limited so please send us your
application as soon as possible
See photos from the 2017 Summer School here

If you have any questions
We would be glad to answer them
over the phone: +7 (495) 150-54-75
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Nikola-Lenivets Art Park is in the Kaluga region in Russia, to find out how to get here check out our directions.
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the new rural
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