Russian architects have embodied the concept of sustainable development into their own arch-installations. The best projects in the special “All Clear” category were brought to life during the Summer School of Green Architecture in the Yasno Pole Ecopark. The unveiling of the completed projects was held within the framework of the Second All-Russia Festival of Green Architecture and Ecological Lifestyle – the Eko_tektonika 2016, becoming one of the highlights of this event. The NAYADA Company acted as a partner of this festival.
The special category “All clear” was created in order to attract the attention of architects and designers towards developing projects based on the concept of sustainable development, and its creative interpretation. As part of the nomination, contestants were encouraged to develop designs of environmental installations, literally or conceptually expressing the idea of transforming the consumer behavior model (or consumption) of humans, when it comes forming the environment around them, taking into account the basic aspects of sustainable development (SD).
The selection jury included the curator of this special nomination Vladimir Kuzmin – the head of the architectural bureau Pole Design, Svetlana Duving – the head of the Eko_tektonika project and general director of the National Agency for Sustainable Development, and leaders of the organization that acts as the strategic partner of the Eko_tektonika project – the founders of the Yasno Pole Ecopark, Dmitry and Regina Cherenkov. Eight winning teams were selected:
KUBOED, Totana Kuzembaeva Architectural Bureau, Olzhas Kuzembaeva’s team
The KUBOED installation focuses on the need to rethink the relationship between humans and their environmental surroundings, and harmonizing human activity with the laws of the natural biosphere – a global system with a complex structure of forward and backward linkages between all of its elements. At the same time, humans today – are one of the most important elements of this system, which is systematically distorting and destroying it. However, this situation is not permanent – nature is stronger, and will surely take its revenge.
WATERLILY, Timur Bashkaev Architectural Bureau
Over billions of years of evolution, the biosphere had created substances, structures, metabolisms, which function perfectly in the natural environment. This installation examines the potential transformation of the natural image of a utilitarian object. All guests of the Ecopark instantly fell in love with this installation – because it can be used as a raft, and a chaise longue./p>
YASNOGRAD, UNK project + Crafts Station
This installation explores and demonstrates the key principles for building the cities of the future. Considering the increased pressure on the biosphere created by humans in the 21st century, it can be argued that – in order to survive, our cities clearly have to become more environmentally friendly.
SAMOVAR, MARSH Architectural School
In the fields you need a samovar – is the main message of this installation. A samovar is especially needed in the Russian fields, because there, people are far away from modern utilities, while the craving for tea never dies. Autonomous generation and use of energy – this is the trend of the new millennium. And we are not talking just about solar panels, wind turbines, and heat pumps.
EKONSTRUKTOR, Arkhlam Creative Workshop
The EKOnstruktor combines areas for active communication and thoughtful contemplation, combining the functions of a venue for meetings and talks, couches and hammocks for relaxing, containers for separate waste collection, an a staircase amphitheater facing the field. Re-use of prefabricated elements (used wooden pallets) demonstrates the principle of waste minimization and resource conservation.
DISPOSAL, Ivan Zverkov, Ksenia Panyuk
This installation became one of the actual points for separate waste collection on the territory of the Ecopark. We are accustomed to thinking of waste as something unpleasant, ugly and even shameful. The time has come to change our attitudes to this side of life. This installation attempts to bring aesthetics to common household waste disposal
Window to Nature, 4th year students from the Architecture and Design Institute of the Siberian Federal University
The modernist stage of development of civilization and the emerging at the same time cult of machines and technology has led to the separation and estrangement of humans from their main base of life – the natural environment. In his days, Peter the Great opened a window to Europe, now it is time to open a window back to nature, and begin to build a harmonious relationship with it.м
EMISSION, A. Asadov Architectural Bureau
There is scientific consensus that the current global warming is due to human activities and human-induced increase in the concentration of carbon dioxide, leading to an increase in the greenhouse effect. The authors of this installation want to draw people’s attention to the problem, and show how increased levels of CO2 in the atmosphere and global warming are related.
“Architecture is a key theme in the Ecopark concept, thanks to which, there is an aesthetic unity created by nature and man. All objects – both homes and farm buildings, in addition to serving their main purpose, are designed to enhance the beauty of natural forms.
The “All Clear” nomination is also the first, though more symbolic and accentuating, step towards the unification of existing architectural traditions with new energy efficient and environmentally friendly technologies, which in the future we will use, in conjunction with the architects, in the construction of guest houses and objects of the Ecopark,” says Dmitry Cherepkov, founder of the Yasno Pole Ecopark.