Discussion. Filipp Yakubchuk and Polina Lyzlova. Maps of the Imaginary. The Map as a Tool for Understanding and Constructing Reality


From 17 June 2017




Garage Auditorium


Architects from the MARCH lab at the Moscow Architecture School discuss maps as a particular way of visualising space, and show what the basic quantitative data can tell us about the capital cities of the former Soviet republics and the biggest cities of Russia.

A map is a particular way of visualising space. Along with conventional maps, there are extraordinary and even speculative types of maps. The cartographic revolution has turned the map into a universally available reference standard. However, any map is only a simplified model of reality. The current crisis in our understanding of space pushes us to envisage cartography as a part of an ancient and contemporary myth.

Most people today live in cities, and urban populations continue to grow. With modern transport and communications, crossing distances between cities has become easier than ever before. Cities, which we travel between, can be seen as spatially separated parts of one city—a interconnected whole.

Which cities of the former Soviet Union get most search queries in the Russian segment of the Internet? What words do they stand next to in those queries? How is it connected to tourism and the postindustrial economy of knowledge and experience? What do transport and communication technologies do to the space between cities, and can the cities exist without it? And if not, then how much of it is needed?  These are some of the questions raised by Asiapolis, a research project initiated by Adjaye Associates in collaboration with the architects of MARCH.


Filipp Yakobchuk is an architect, head of research at the MARCH lab of the Moscow Architecture School, a lecturer at MARCH and the Study Studio of Nikolay Lyzov. He graduated from the Moscow Architectural Institute (MArchI) in 2013 and is currently studying architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. He took part in the reconstruction of the Old Masters Gallery of the Pushkin Museum together with a group of architects from Nikolay Lyzov’s studio. He lives and works in Moscow.

Polina Lyzlova is an architect. She graduated from the Moscow Architectural Institute (MArchI) in 2012 and got a Master’s degree from AA School of Architecture in London in 2015. She is the organizer of MARCH lab workshops in Yakutsk (Public Spaces in Extreme Climate Conditions, 2016) and Tarusa (The New Old Town, 2017) and has worked as an assistant tutor with Leena Cho and Matthew Jull of Arctic Design Group. She has also worked at Genplan Institute of Moscow, researching cultural activities and public spaces in Moscow. She has translated the collection Agglomerations Today (Genplan Institute of Moscow, 2016) and contributed to the edition 80 Years of Metrogiprotrans. She has worked at TPO Reserve and is currently an architect at Rozhdestvenka studio.  

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