I wondered if members would be interested in attending occasional talks via Zoom on a Saturday morning or afternoon? I am asking as this might sometimes make it easier to secure speakers who are based abroad. I would be grateful therefore if you could let me know if you would, in principle, attend a matinee talk on a Saturday please – thanks very much.
Also, a reminder for our next talk:
Wednesday, 9 December @ 1800 – Anton Gorlenko and Anastasiia Gerasimova: A New Angle on Russian Architecture
The Russian avant-garde architect and painter, Konstantin Melnikov (1890-1974), deserves to be better known in the UK. His architectural activity belongs to a single decade (1923-1933), and he was one of the leading avant-garde architects in Russia in the 1920s. He was associated with the Constructivists, but neither fully Constructivist nor Functionalist. He was essentially an independent artist, not bound by the rules of a particular style or artistic group. In the 1930s he refused to conform with Stalinist requirements and – accused of being a formalist – was banned from practice, spending the next 40 years of his life painting and teaching. Thirteen of his buildings still survive in Moscow.
In his presentation, Anton Gorlenko will provide an overview of Konstantin Melnikov’s life and achievements and his significance as an architect. He will then focus on the forthcoming restoration of one of Melnikov’s early buildings, the Office of the New Sukharev Market (1925) – a project in which he is personally involved – and outline the official approach to the preservation of other Melnikov heritage sites and of pre/post-World War II Modernist architecture in Moscow in general.
In her presentation, Anastasiia Gerasimova will talk about the exciting new phenomenon of ‘self-initiated’ projects which have developed in Russia in recent years.
The young generation of architects in Russia are keen to express and give effect to their own aesthetic vision and attach great importance to the initiation of architectural projects themselves rather than on behalf of a client. Anastasiia will provide illustrations of what this new architectural development means in practice, in both the urban and suburban context. She will talk about how young practitioners and students are working independently on projects they have initiated and the important educational role played by the Moscow School of Architecture (MARCH).
This talk will be illustrated and the speakers will be joining us from Moscow.
The speakers will address the Society for around 45 minutes, and this will be followed by a half-hour question and answer session. When you join, we request that you mute your microphones for the whole talk. During the question and answer session, anyone wishing to ask a question, should click on the ‘Raise hand’ icon that will be visible on the screen and wait to be invited by the chairman to speak. You would at that point, unmute your microphone.