Agency CENTER named the official operator of the competition and program manager for the Second Russian Youth Architecture Biennale

30 May, 2019

The Second Russian Youth Architecture Biennale was established to create a gold reserve of architects for the whole of Russia and to provide the young generation with a real opportunity to be noticed and heard in the profession. The founders of the Biennale are the Government of the Republic of Tatarstan and the Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities of the Russian Federation, and the organizing committee is the “Institute for the Cities of the Republic of Tatarstan” Foundation. The Agency for Strategic Development CENTER was named the official operator of the competition and the program manager for the Biennale. The winners will be selected and the projects will be presented on October 24–26, 2019 in Innopolis, a city founded for IT specialists in the Republic of Tatarstan.
Participation in the Biennale is open to architects up to 35 years old with higher specialized education, from Russia or with Russian citizenship. Application can be made for both individual projects and projects developed by groups. Application for participation in the Second Biennale is open from May 20 to June 20, and the 30 finalists will be announced at the Moscow Urban Forum, which will be held on July 4–7 in Zaryadye Park.

Two industrial spaces in the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, Kazan, were chosen as the objects for the competition task: the territory of the Santekhpribor plant in the Admiralty settlement and the Kazan grain elevator.
The two best projects for each of the objects will be chosen by an international professional jury chaired by Biennale curator Sergey Choban, head of the architectural bureaus SPEECH (Moscow) and Tchoban Voss Architekten (Berlin). The jury will include such world-renowned experts in the field of architecture as: 
  • Michiel Riedijk, Founder and Partner of the NEUTELINGS RIEDIJK ARCHITECTS Bureau and Professor at Delft University of Technology (Netherlands)
  • Philip Yuan, Co-Chair of the Center for Artificial Environment Technologies at the University of Washington, Director of the Academic Committee of the Shanghai Digital Engineering Technology Center (China);
  • Kristin Feireiss, curator and co-founder of the independent architectural forum AEDES in Berlin, former director of the Netherlands Institute of Architecture (NAi), Pritzker Prize jury member.
Three winners of the First Russian Youth Architecture Biennale of 2017 will join the evaluation of the competing projects: the founders of the CITIZENSTUDIO architectural group Mikhail Beylin and Daniil Nikishin (Moscow) (they will share one vote); Nadezhda Koreneva (KRNV, Moscow); and Oleg Manov (FUTURA Architects, Saint-Petersburg).

At the end of the competition and the announcement of the results, the works of the participants of the First and Second Biennales will be presented in the Aedes Architecture Forum Gallery in Berlin, a world-famous and independent exhibition space which displays projects of modern architecture and urban design. 
This year, the Second Russian Youth Architecture Biennale will include for the first time the organization of a children’s competition program, in which pupils of grades 9 and 10 from all Russian schools with architectural or artistic profiles will be able to take part. Over the summer holidays, participants will have to prepare architectural projects for a secondary educational institution with an architectural or artistic specialization, or, in other words, develop a project for an art school in which they themselves would like to study, and submit their work before September 10. 
The first Russian Youth Architecture Biennale was held in Innopolis on October 12–14, 2017. The Agency for Strategic Development CENTER acted as an official partner of the biennale and organizer of the business program. As part of the qualifying round, 377 participants applied, 29 of whom went to the final. Participants had to develop a project for a multifunctional quarter, limited to 4 streets with a free layout. Several finalists signed contracts for the development of residential neighborhoods, some of which are based on competition works.