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Alejandro Aravena and Kirill Asse: Architectural Front

December 9th 2015

Leading up to the 4th international conference A Long, Happy Life. Building and Thinking the Soviet City: 1956 to Now, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art hosted a public talk between architects Alejandro Aravena (Chile) and Kirill Asse (Russia).

The discussion focused on architectural forms determined by particular social problems and the high demand for contemporary architecture.

In his official statement for the, at the time, upcoming Venice Architecture Biennale, Aravena explains: “There are several battles that need to be won and several frontiers that need to be expanded in order to improve the quality of the built environment and consequently people’s quality of life. This is what we would like people to come and see at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition: success stories worth to be told and exemplary cases worth to be shared where architecture did, is, and will make a difference in winning those battles and expanding those frontiers.”

The speakers also touched upon the aesthetics of postwar Soviet Modernism and the urban housing systems related to it.

Alejandro Aravena has been the curator of the Venice Biennale 15th International Architecture Exhibition (2016).

Kirill Asse is an artist and architect, an associate of the Bureau Alexander Brodsky, and a teacher at the Moscow Architecture Institute (MArchI).

Courtesy of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

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