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December 17, 2021 4:15 pm

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Visitors will be able to see the utopian city planning plans of the capital, follow the implementation of architectural projects and create their own ideal city.

More than 200 exhibits dedicated to iconic ideas for the development of the capital were presented at the Moscow: Designing the Future exhibition. The exhibition can be viewed from December 17 to mid-May 2022 at the Museum of Moscow.

Utopias, the dreams of constructivists and the Stalinist master plan – visitors will find out whether the hopes of their ancestors for the appearance of the city of the future came true and what Moscow could become according to the ideas of architects of different years. This will help multimedia videos, models, archival photographs, lithographs and prints, as well as postcards of the 19th – 20th centuries, maps and plans for the development of Moscow from the 17th century to the 1960s.

The history of the master plans for the development of Moscow is presented with the help of a multimedia installation, which in an accessible form presents the concepts that underlie the complex urban planning documents.

“We were faced with the task of giving everyone the opportunity to learn something new and unexpected about our city in the format that is most convenient for him. Only in this way, having looked at the history of Moscow through these numerous prisms, at not always obvious circumstances, people influencing urban planning decisions, you can see the city in which we all live, ”said Tatyana Guk, director of the Moscow General Planning Institute.

The Utopias section presents the most daring ideas for transforming Moscow: an automobile tunnel under Red Square, the houses of Georgy Krutikov soaring in the air, and others. The ideas of our ancestors about the possible development of the capital are also reflected in a series of postcards “Moscow of the Future” in 1914.

No less interesting is the section on the creators of Moscow who created the modern look of the capital. Chief Architect of Moscow Sergey Kuznetsovreminded that someone’s personal history is behind any development of the city.

“This exhibition is not about dates, not about square meters and changing borders,” he stressed. – Any success, any failure always has a first and last name. This is a very important thing, much, oddly enough, more important than the quality of planning, master plan, and so on. And we decided to make this project dedicated to such aspects that, perhaps, do not often immediately come to mind when they talk about the development of Moscow. “

The capital of different years can be seen in the photographs of Boris Tombak, Alexander Kapustyansky and Emmanuil Evzerikhin, as well as in documentary short films made especially for the exhibition by the creative studio “History of the Future” Mikhail Zygar. The videos are dedicated to the development of road, social and cultural infrastructure, parks, as well as events that influenced the formation of the city: the transfer of the capital, watering, fires, anniversaries, the Olympics-80 and others.

In addition, visitors will be offered to create their ideal city on touch tables or take a test on their knowledge of various topics from the field of urban planning and architecture.

“We tried to make a very fresh, witty exhibition that would be interesting for all ages. Especially for schoolchildren who are just forming their own idea of ​​what the environment in which we are in general is, how the city turns out, ”added Sergei Kuznetsov.

The exhibition is timed to coincide with several events at once: the celebration of the Year of Architecture and Urban Planning of the CIS in 2021, the 30th anniversary of the Moscow Architecture Committee and the 70th anniversary of the General Planning Institute.

“It shows history from an unusual perspective – from the side of designers, architects who at one time created and developed Moscow. We can say that the exhibition is dedicated to the evolution of management mechanisms and a wide variety of urban planning solutions, even those that had nothing to do with reality, but in the aggregate shaped the image of Moscow, ”said

Juliana Knyazhevskaya, chairman of the city Committee for Architecture and Urban Planning.

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