Moscow, Russia

20th Century Mass-Housing RE3

when 16 August 2021 - 27 August 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 EC
fee EUR 600

This course gives a wide overview of the architectural solution of the residential development in Moscow of the 20th century. Following an introduction to the history of architecture and urban development in Moscow during the century of experiments will be surveyed with special reference to the works of Russian Avant-garde.

Students can also start an intensive Russian course without any prior knowledge of language or can improve their Russian proficiency. The course aims to improve listening, reading, writing and speaking skills, practice and expand students’ vocabulary and knowledge of grammar and phonetics

Course leader

Nikolai Vassiliev, Ph.D., MGSU “Architecture” Chair associated professor, DOCOMOMO Russia Secretary General

Target group

The course addresses students of any specialization especially Architecture and Urban Studies and related subjects, such as History, Design, Urban Sociology and Anthropology or Fine Arts. Basic sketching and graphical tools (hand or computer) skills are required. An elementary knowledge of XX century architecture and urban planning is welcome but not necessary.

Course aim

Students will gain the opportunity to explore Moscow urban fabric and study key problems and opportunities specific to modern metropolis. This course will combine theoretical studies delivered through lectures and fieldwork in the urban environment in Moscow heading to producing own or small team design project. Students will improve their visual representation skills, spatial analysis proficiencies as well as public presentation competency.

Credits info

4 EC
Upon successful completion of summer course students will be awarded with 3 ECTS credits and 1 additional ECTS credit for completion of Russian language course.

Fee info

EUR 600: The course fee includes:
• tuition (Russian language course included)
• accomodation in MGSU dormitories
• 2 field trips
• teaching materials
• cultural program


Students from Germany are eligible to apply for financial support. Interested students should apply for admission to the summer school and, in parallel, apply for funding from the DAAD.