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Portfolio Solomin Ivan D. 18.12.1986 125565 Moscow, Russia. Dmitrovsky lane 20/2, apt. 321. +7-985-782-40-14 idsolomin@gmail.com

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Important. According to the recquirements, all projects are credited, but, in case of collaboration, unless othervise specified, roles of all participants were even, so there was no need in specifying mine. All graphic work exept for book cover on page 15 is done by me. 1500 words of allowed text is distributed evenly among projects. As there are 20 pages allowed for portfolio, I assume that this cover page does not count.

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Fast Moscow

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Where: Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design Summer School What: Studio project. When: 2010 Collaboration/Curated: -/ Edouard Morreau

Fast Moscow cubes is a tool used to think of what makes our life in the city fast and efficient, and also to come up with new ways to make it this way. Four cubes represent four areas - Business, Infrastructure, Technology, Art, each broken into four sub-categories - like Infrastructure into ecology, transportation, automatisation, navigation. A tool uses 2

ÂŤmorphological boxÂť concept, by rotating the cubes user gets different combinations that help to come up with new ideas. Tool created as part of presentation of research results.


3REE combines experience of longboard and scooter, with carving experience of the former and increased mobility of the letter.

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It is powered with a 100 Watt electric hub wheel motor, that sits inside rear wheel, quickly rechargeable liion battery is placed within frame under the deck.

Where: Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design Summer School What: Studio project, mobility concept When: 2010 Collaboration/Curated: -/-

Battery can be charged from wall outlet just as a lap top, for example, in a cafe while you have your lunch. When you roll downhill or brake, recuperative braking charges the battery as well. All controls of the vehicle are situated on the end of the handle, and are universal for right and left handed people.

ACCELERATION

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Black Square Space

Commisioned: Moscow House of Artists, Moscow24 channel What: Public space project When: 2012 Collaboration/Curated: Jenny Nedosekina, Tamara Mooradova/Eugeny Asse Role: Concept, Programming, Lanscape

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Context of the place is uneasy – Museon Park is a recreational green area that belongs to Central House of Artists and Moscow State Tretiakov Gallery, and over the years it became an open-air museum of pieces of public art and sculptures, that for some reason, political or contextual, did not find their place in Moscow streets. Being in a shadow of neighbouring bigger and more popular Gorky Park, Museon is a quiet place, less crowded, and lacks hardware that is natural for a public park - there are virtually no places to sit, and users developed a habit to use all possible sculptures to sit on them, that became a tradition and part of identity of the place. 5

Besides the sculptures, place is associated with important heritage of Soviet Modernism and Avant-garde – the 1965 building of Central House of artists and Tretiakov Gallery, and a masterpiece “Black Square” by Kazimir Malevich, that is displayed in it. Designed space is an answer to the context - it is inspired by the painting “Black Square”, straight lines and spatial simplicity of Suprematism, and functional shape of Modernist buildings. Being itself a reflection of a piece of art, that now obtained a third dimention, it joins other public art objects in the park, though being specially designed to sit, dance or even sleep on it.


Beyond Oil and Gas

Where: Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design What: Research Thesis When: 2011 Collaboration/Curated: -/Reinier de Graaf, Laura Baid

East Siberian Sea

Arctic Ocean Barents Sea Murmansk

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Norvegian Sea

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Caspian Sea

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Bering Sea

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Kara Sea

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Saint Petersburg

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Laptev Sea

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Omsk

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Khabarovsk

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In Strelka I was a part of Energy studio. Our research topic was “Russia Beyond Oil and Gas” - an attempt to analyze current situation with energy supply and look 25 years forward, when fossil resources are forecasted to deplete and world will face a need to switch to alternative sources of energy. My subtheme was Russian Renewable Future, and in my research I started with mapping relevant data - population, density, climate, renewable potentials. Then I made an inventory of all existing, developing and pending technology in renewable field that is used to produce, store and convert ener7

gy from renewable sources. I produced a timeline of all recorded breakthroughs in renewable technology, tracing back to 1840 – year when photovoltaic effect was discovered, along with major historical events in ecology, politics, science, economy, oil and coal prices dynamics, analyzed peaks in renewable technology in this context. Getting back to Russian context, I looked at power grid formation – how a hypothetical suburban settlement is formed around the grid, exceeding its capacity. Making an outcome, that offgrid locations are most likely to be found in agglomerations of major cities, i looked

at suburban settlement patterns in agglomerations of 21 major cities, developing four main typologies of suburban settlement. One of the most efficient way to introduce renewable power in Russia is in off-grid locations, where local power capacity is full, and it’s cheaper to use renewables than to invest into grid extension.


Green Office Guidelines & Recycle project Where: «Green Technologies» What: Eco-minded startup. When: 2011 Collaboration/Curated: -/-

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In Green Technologies, I produced guidelines for organizing a sustainable operation of an office, combining best existing practice with expertise and experience of other team members in a form of a brochure. Guidelines were distributed among potential clients and partners to initiate new business opportunities, and to initiate dialogue with local authorities and eco-minded communities.

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Guidelines brochure helped to make an impact, and at the second stage, we placed recycle beans in 20 Moscow offices of MNEs like Intel, Danone, Microsoft, BBDO etc., and organized a full-cycle service together with our partner, that emptied the beans weekly and released paper to recycle factories. Over first two month, 70 tons of paper were recycled.


Showtime

Where: Personal project What: Downcycling project/Industrial art When: 2012 Collaboration/Curated: -/The concept behind the clock is simple – facing panel of the casette is replaced with a transparent one, and a forward-reverse motor is plaсed in the back - that rotates film 12 hours to the left and then to the right, and the tape level indicate am and pm time, just like in sand watch. A lot of casettes are being digitalized and thrown away – when you can make a clock out of your childhood, or wedding video, and it will metaphorically show you the time of your youth, or maybe it’s your favourite romantic movie that changed your life, or a horror that your spouse is so scared by?

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Fench

Where: Artplay Cultural Cluster ProForm Competition for Basmany District of Moscow What: Competition entry. When: 2013 Collaboration/Curated: -/-

Moscow is a green city, but when we say it we mean public parks, when almost any apartment complex has its own green area, that is good for recreation, but fenced out creating a void.

Streets account for little less then 20% of total area of Basmanny District, this is why in my project I looked for the solution for this underestimated, but important public space. Moscow is a city where is nowhere to sit. The whole Basmanny district has about 10 benches, and people have to use fences for this purpose.

Moscow is a city of fences. Basmanny District only has enough fences of different kinds to wrap it twice by its perimeter.

A street turns into a comfortable public space if it allows for spending some time in it, not just passing by for transit from A to B.

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Fench is a step to a fenceless environment, an object that is easily mounted on a lawn fence and converts it to a nice place to sit, activating both of its sides.

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The Moscow City Agglomeration Development Concept competition.

Москва 83 км Большая Москва 18 км

Обнинск

Where: Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design Consulting Practice What: Consultancy project. When: 2011-2012 Collaboration/Curated: Leonid Treskunov/Vasily Auzan

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Strelka Institute was part of a competition team, along with OMA, Siemens and McKinsey. My role in a project was a researcher, together with my colleague I provided different analytic, graphs, maps, assembled presentations and reports, conducted case studies for core team of experts on their demand. First step was extensive mapping of the New Territories, identifying and mapping objects of cultural heritage, educational, sports facilities, suburban settlements etc.

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In the next step, we analysed question of purpose of New Territories, and, since one of hypothesis of core team was using it to attract highly qualified human capital, I conducted a case study on the way it was done in Singapore. 14

We have also made brochure on relocated and purposely built national capital cities, that contained 10 international cases from 1712 to present days, to trace reasons and effects of shifting of the centre of political or eco-

nomical activity, effect on national economy, new, and old capital city.


Another stage I took part in was a book made as a spinoff from core team’s materials solely by Strelka Institute. Book is called “Big Moscow: Making Sense”, and is more on Moscow and it’s megaprojects, with some criticism of the idea of attaching new territories in the first place. For the book, I designed a chapter about image of Moscow in mass culture: fine art, literature, motion pictures, and it also included an abstract from brochure on relocated capitals, where I was one of the authors.

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Magnicube

Where: Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design Summer School What: Studio project. When: 2010 Collaboration/Curated: Daria Nujnaya/Daniel Dendra

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Magnicube is an attempt to tackle most common problem of small plazas in Moscow they are empty with no place to sit and nothing to do, and are used only as transit zones by pedestrians. Magnicube is a mobile public space and a media art object, that responds to changing environment. The cube in the middle features a magnetic compass sensor, that responds to magnetic fields of vehicles, mobile devices, and other distortions of magnetic field. 16

Distortion level is tied to RGB scale, using Processing open source software and Arduino platform, so the cube is changing colour from default white glow, when there is no distortion.


Potential Public Spaces

Where: Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design What: Public Space Studio project. When: 2011 Collaboration/Curated: -/ Michael Schindhelm

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Public Space Mix

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birdhouses

birdhouses

terraces

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gardens

gardens urban

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ponds

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suqares

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streets streets fear

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Potential Public Spaces was a studio project, aimed on understanding nature, history and aspects of use of public spaces in Moscow, and coming up with a proposal for further development. We analysed historical role of public space in soviet and post-soviet period, made a case study in certain area of Moscow to understand what types of spaces there are, at what scales and how people feel using them.

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During analysis we came to conclusion that there are plenty of potential public spaces, that are not used, and proposed a solution to activate them, involving local business and technological solutions.


As Strelka Institute alumni, I took part in education program of year 2011-2012, curating a workshop together with another alumni.

Moscowisation

Our theme was suburbs of Moscow, and, since all students in our group were not native, our aim was to get them acquainted with situation with Moscow and it’s agglomeration.

Where: Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design Education Department What: Studio teaching When: 2011 Collaboration/Curated: Anton Ivanov/Janna Bystrykh, Naina Gupta

Aim of the two-week workshop was to find real city limits through different layers - infrastructural, financial, psychological, etc., where some were far beyond official city boundaries, and some lied inside Moscow Transportation Ring.

criteria Cremlin. Oldest settlement. Still a wall.

Kitai-citi. Surrounded by a brick wall, later diminished and turned into a one-way mini ring. Today the area is administrative and cultural. Today is being surrounded by a wall again!

White City. Was surrounded by a white brick wall. Brought down and turned into boulevards. The gates were closed overnight and guarded, people hid inside during wars.

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Soil City. Surrounded by a wooden wall, brought down and made into gardens, that gave name to Garden Ring. Was inhabited by craftsmen, was unsafe during military conflicts.

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During the studio weeks students found out that Moscow is a city of Rings, and each ring used to be a wall, or a boundary built for defence, and every time in history there were only two cases - living outside or inside the wall, that now has a deep mental impact, even when the walls are gone. This way, along with historical insights, it provided the information on Moscow physical and mental morphology, that is necessary to know for further work with the city.

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Term “Moscowisation” was coined during the studio to describe the process of the development of the city.

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PAST

PRESENT

First part - historical development.

Second part - ongoing step over MKAD

~20 km 864 years

~20 km 10-20 years

Stating that Moscow is expanding beyond its borders, that it’s a process happening now and have already happened before. Concentrate on historical insights.

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{Population, level of urbanisation, ect...} {Political era, society type}

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This part features lots of information scanning, analisys and further visualisation guided by criteria. Psychological meaning and different layers of MKAD observed

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FUTURE Third part - Moscow within BMTR (Betonka) ~30 km 5-10 years

Based on different datasets and maps, and historical experience we try to foresee further development of Moscow towards BMTR and possible influence of such change.

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Museum and Educational Centre of the Polytechnic Museum

Where: Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design Consulting Practice What: Architectural competition consulting When: 2013 Collaboration/Curated: -/ Denis Leontiev

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Strelka Institute is an official consultant of the Competition. My role was architecture analyst, I prepared print and digital materials for jury meetings and board of trustees, on qualification and design stages, displaying team’s profiles, projects, and competition proposals. This is one of the books, that describes the sight, six teams that passed the qualification and their portfolios. Unfortunately, the rest of materials are confidential and were made for internal use only, so I can’t show them in my portfolio.


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