July 17   Cerda   15:15 - 16:15   |   Innovation, Creativity

In Commemoration of Futurism. Russian Tradition and Modern Architecture

Futurism is not just an artistic sensibility but first and foremost a way of thinking. Futurists declared a cult of the future and set out to create a new formal aesthetics and with it a new type of society conjoined by shared labour. The Soviet Russia took on the ideas of futurists with enthusiasm. The projects of Russian avant-garde architects – El Lisitsky, Ivan Leonidov, Yakov Chernikhov and many others – had a defining influence on architecture all around the world. Many international architects pay homage to Russian futurist designs and evolve their ideas of the interconnection of architecture and social innovation. 

  • What is the secret of the influence of Russian Futurism? 
  • What was its impact on the revolution and the emergence of a new country? 
  • How did it affect the culture and architecture of the 20th century in Russia and in the world? 
  • Have the ideas of Futurism been exhausted and if it is necessary to give them a new sound?


Alexandr Ostrogorsky
Lecturer, Moscow Architecture School MARCH


Vladimir Paperny
Architectural Critic
Sergei Sitar
Theory and History module leader, MARCH Architectural School