Grant Programme for Internationalization → Open call 2 phase 1
Palaces of Culture in the former USSR
DVN Architect, Voronezh State Technical University, municipality of Voronezh, communities in Voronezh
DVN Architect is conducting typological research into new functions and identities for Palaces of Culture in Russia. During the time of the Soviet Union, these buildings were frequently built in easily accessible places. The aim was to provide factory workers and their families, both adults and children, with intellectual leisure activities and lessons in theatre, music and dance. These days, the number of palaces that fulfil this function has fallen sharply, but the buildings still exist. For this project, a list will be compiled of these cultural palaces. The team is also organizing workshops with local residents to find out how they see the future of their local Palace of Culture and what social and cultural facilities they would like. The leading research questions are: "How can a new social and cultural programme for these buildings be put together?" and "How can an economic model be developed to make these buildings profitable?”. Daria Naugolnova (DVN Architect) and architect Alexey Boev are working on this project together with residents, artists and entrepreneurs from the city of Voronezh. Other partners are Voronezh State Technical University and the municipality of Voronezh's department of architecture and urban planning.