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Education programme 2016/17 focuses on research and design for the city and explores the opportunities posed by emerging technologies for interdisciplinary design practices. It employs tools and approaches from a wide variety of disciplines and is aimed at young international and Russian specialists with backgrounds in architecture, urban studies, digital media, interaction design, software studies, social sciences, and other fields.

The programme starts in February, 2017. The deadline for submitting applications is November 6, 2016. Visit  APPLYTOSTRELKA.COM to learn more about the theme of the year and apply.

WHAT WAS YEAR 2015/16 LIKE?

The theme of the sixth year at Strelka was Hybrid Urbanism, which brings together urbanism and digital thinking. What Institute calls “Hybrid urbanism” sets out to explore the ways digital technologies are manifested in the space of the city and speculate on their potential applications and transgressions.

If personal data becomes the new economic resource, how can we claim ownership of it? When Google inevitably moves into the urban space, what new regulations will accompany this expansion? How can something small, such as ad blockers, contribute to a positive change in food industry? When the city is no longer brick and mortar but a responsive sensor-powered environment, what new behaviors will it bring?

These and other questions became the core of the 7 final projects, in which students were looking into future urban scenarios through the lens of emerging technologies and digital thinking. On the basis of the research all groups created working prototypes to illustrate the mechanics of their studies. To learn more about the theme of the year and see all the final projects visit  the site. 

Another significant module of the 2015/16 year was a field trip to Seoul where students made a research on retail structure with strong digital components. The result of the trip is  Disrupt the(M)all, a digital project combining 6 concepts of development that can dramatically change the field of urban retail and culture of the shopping centers in Russia. The whole module was organised in cooperation with Aviapark, Europe’s largest shopping mall, and all concepts can be applied to it. 

Who can apply?

Applicants should have a higher education diploma in any field with no less than 3 years of work experience. Applicants with backgrounds in architecture, urbanism, design and digital get fast-tracked. 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Completed higher education
  • Fluent English
  • Age 25 to 35
  • A high level of motivation and self-organisation

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS AND MATERIALS

  • A completed application form
  • A portfolio containing examples of projects and/or research work (PDF, not exceeding a total of 10 pages) with the focus on city projects and/or digital
  • A certificate confirming English proficiency for non-native speakers (IELTS Academic — 6.5, TOEFL — 85). If you do not have a possibility to take an IELTS or TOEFL test, you can pass the test with our partners ITC English. Please contact Evgeniya Golovacheva at e.golovacheva@itc-english.com
  • A copy of university diploma
  • A letter of recommendation from a former employer or internship co-ordinator
  • Passport scan. 

HOW WILL I KNOW IF I HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED

The list of the students accepted to the new programme will be made public in early October 2015. All new students will receive personal confirmation emails and instructions for further steps.

WHAT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?

All the questions about the admissions process and requirements please address to Sasha Kachur ( apply@strelka.com).