In the book «David», the life story of David Sarkisyan is told by his family, friends and colleagues: scientists, architects, curators, directors, artists, journalists, art historians and museum staff. The authors of the monograph have collected detailed information on David Sarkisyan’s scientific works and his projects at the Museum of Architecture. This book has been created over the course of several years and, in the end, perhaps all of David’s friends will have contributed to the process.
The book «David» was presented 13 November 2019 at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. The authors of the book, Yury Grigoryan, Alexander Brodsky, Natalia Dushkina, and Maria Tsantsanogly, shared stories from the life of David Sarkisyan and told how they worked on his biography.
The Moscow River Age
[III prize - Wax Bee Award by Bona Calvi]
Exhibition for the XXII Triennale di Milano, The Moscow River Age explores the human-river relationship and presents a timeline of stories between 1919 and 2119. The narrative is polyphonic. Many voices come together to reveal how the river and the people who live near it influence each other in multiple ways, and how deeply their lives are intertwined.
Dvorulitsa: thawing of Moscow
The Dvorulitsa project [*Yardstreet] has been recently featured in a new urban research session at CNU.25 Seattle.
Dvorulitsa is a new type of urban public space, inspired by Moscow. It is a pedestrian street with a complex spatial organization and a variety of social functions, that appears within the boundaries of scratched hyperblocks. Dvorulitsa is both transit and place; architecture and landscape; a yard and a street.
The Pushkin Cistern
The composition around the main building of the museum is in a sense an astronomical system, where the main building is the “sun”, and others – “planets”. All of them connects by Rhizosphere on the ground and by cisterns underground.
Pushkin open storage cornerstone laid
Meganom studio graduates see an Open City
For their final projects at the Moscow Architectural Institute, our studio students proposed research strategies aimed at creating a new and open Moscow.
Their conceptual tools included preservation, shrinkage, and temporary building, multiplicities of use, to planned ruins and the reanimation of public space. This variety was aligned to the need for new visions of the city and an open relationship with its citizens.
ZIL: construction begins
Transparency, an image of the Russian parliament
The parliament has removed its stones to reveal a building that is transparent, green, and welcoming. An agora is exposed with a park at its heart. This is an image of possibility; of diversity within unity, openness and cooperation under a shared roof that is the symbol of a shared home and of a common cause.
Participation in this competition is Meganom’s contribution to the historical iconography of Russian parliamentarianism.
Artem Staborovsky named partner
Stage design for “Black & Simpson”
Moscow River Future Ports
Meganom’s project for a network of “ports” to green and integrate the center of Moscow with the periphery has been selected as the winner of the international competition to redevelop the Moscow riverbanks. The proposal was developed with Gillespies, Strategy Partners Group, John Thomson and Partners, Systematica, and Cushman and Wakefield.
Elena Uglovskaya named partner
Yuriy Grigoryan and Iliya Kuleshov welcome Elena Uglovskaya as a partner. Uglovskaya joined Meganom immediately after graduation from MARCHI in 2008. She has led many successful competitions including the Pushkin Museum extension in 2014, and redevelopment of ZIL in 2014. She also contributed to exhibitions such as “Archaeology of Periphery” for the Moscow Urban Forum in 2013.
Archaeology of the periphery
Moscow Urban forum is an annual international conference on urbanism, architecture, economics and strategic planning, organized by the government of Moscow since 2011.
In collaboration with Strelka Institute, Meganom curated a pilot research project on the theme of the periphery. It was prepared with a large multidisciplinary team using the SPACE(D) methodology and lead by: Society (Alexey Levinson/ Levada Center), Politics (Alexei Muratov/Graduate School of Urban Studies and Planning at the National Research University), Architecture (Yury Grigoryan), Culture (Grigory Revzin), Economics (Aleksey Novikov/ Graduate School of Urban Studies and Planning at the National Research University), and Data (Aleksey Novikov/Thomson Reuters, OJSC “MegaFon” and Mathrioshka).
Meganom offices have moved from the Museum of Architecture to the former Red October factory. The first office was found by chance and its spaces fostered an atmosphere of openness and conviviality. Now the neighbours are leading contemporaries like Strelka Institute, Digital October, and Snob Media.
Yury Palmin documented the change in his project "Two spaces.”
While David Sarkisian was director of the Shchusev Museum of Architecture from 2000-2009, he filled his office with an incredible collection of objects. After he passed away, this self-portrait remained as evidence of an extraordinarily creative person and the collection was transferred to the Museum for permanent display. Meganom helped.
The project for the ZIL factory site in Moscow inserts the complex into three new ecosystems: a peninsula at the intersection of two rivers, a diverse habitat for developers at different scales, and new frameworks for green transportation and public space. The former industrial area becomes more appropriate for daily life, and acts as an incubator for new ecosystems for the city.
An inventory of Old Moscow
Alexandra Pavlova, architect of an imaginary future
Meganom projects 2007exhibition, 2007 — objects
Pentagonoffice building, 2011 — architecture
"The processes inside the museum and the space itself become exhibits."february 20, 2019 — link
Kaplya and the Snowflakedecember 25, 2018 — link
Book review on "Kaplya" by Lara Kopylova. "Alexandra was always heading all the holidays: for them she composed the color scheme and the whole entourage. The logo of every year congratulations and gifts was a snowflake, and Kaplya each year invented something new: either a black snowflake on a black background, or a white on white, then a concrete, or a chocolate one. As Alexander Brodsky wrote, “Kaply (drop) - it was an endless, incessant holiday”."
"Dvorulitsa is bottom-up transformation"october 18, 2018 — news
"Graphics as a form of language".november 23, 2017 — interview
"All of us should state that an architecture is important, it’s one of the priorities"november 13, 2017 — interview
"Every new building becomes the pilot project of 'new' architecture"october 23, 2017 — interview
"Today you have to divide your time between design and politics"september 21, 2017 — link
"Today negotiation is indeed a significant part of design"september 08, 2017 — interview
"For the city it is a historical and collective project"may 31, 2017 — news
"Our studio is an educational project: we educate ourselves based on the life around us and on the work process"august 13, 2016 — interview
Work is needed in the periphery, where people livejuly 25, 2016 — interview
Yury Grigoryan interview with Moslenta
Yury Grigoryan Lecture at ICCS in Chilejune 13, 2016 — event
Roundtable discussion about ZILmarch 31, 2016 — event
Troparevo 2.0 experimentjanuary 13, 2016 — news
The Moscow Union of Architects Award has been given to Meganom’s students for their group project entitled Troparevo 2.0. Microrayon
Cities in literaturejanuary 11, 2016 — link
Artem Staborovsky selects books on cities for Strelka Magazine
Year 2015 in reviewdecember 25, 2015 — link
Strelka Magazine asked 10 people to share their impressions from 2015. Among other aspects, Yury Grigoryan commented on the development of the public space and its commissioning by the government
Leonid Pavlov monographyoctober 20, 2015 — book
The publication dedicated to the renowned Soviet avant-garde architect Leonid Pavlov. The book brings together biographical notice, descriptions of his 20 projects with detailed illustrations of competition entries, study drawings and plans, an anthology of his manuscripts. It is released in Russian and in English
Moscow river: clean, accessible and vibrantoctober 17, 2015 — news
Meganom enters the Doha Art Mill shortlistaugust 17, 2015 — news
Yury Grigoryan at MIAW 2015february 25, 2015 — event
Yury Grigoryan and Angelo Bucci give open lectures at Milano International Architectural design Workshop.
25 February, 18.00
"Each project is merely an attempt to understand human life"december 04, 2014 — link
Elena Uglovskaya, Meganom's partner, talks to Yury Bolotov of Look At Me
Kaplya. A dedicationseptember 08, 2014 — event
A celebration of Kaplya's birthday and the opening of the exhibition "Kaplya. A dedication" in MUAR on September, 10
Urban routines: students of Strelka Institute demonstrate their research projectsjune 27, 2014 — link
Meganom Students receive a BA degreejune 20, 2014 — news
The Bell: Antarctopiajune 17, 2014 — news
"Dedicated to all those unheard and gone astray in Antarctica", the Bell is Project Meganom's object at the Antarctopia exhibition within the Venice Biennale.
ArchDaily interview at III Moscow Urban Forumjanuary 15, 2014 — interview
Yury Grigoryan and Alexei Komissarov talk to ArchDaily at Moscow Urban Forum
"ZIL is a project for twenty years, a gradual metabolism and rebirth of the territory".march 24, 2013 — interview
Yury Grigoryan talks about recreating ZIL’s territory with Archnadzor
ZIL at Moscow Urban Forumdecember 05, 2012 — news
Project Meganom presents its concept of the ZIL redevelopment at Moscow Urban Forum
The Lecorbusierisation of the USSRnovember 06, 2012 — event
Alexandra Pavlova joins the roundtable discussion of Le Corbusier and his influence on the Soviet architecture.
Big Moscowjune 02, 2012 — interview
Yury Grigoryan talks about the "Big Moscow" competition project, the result of Meganom's collaboration with Strelka Institute and OMA, with TV Rain
Moscow's past in its future: how should the city be reconstructed?february 21, 2012 — event
Yury Grigoryan joins the public debate entitled "Mutating reality" at Strelka Institute.