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Under the Bridge competition — Online voting started

  • Monday, August 18, 2014 - 1:07:41 PM
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We have completed the publication of the long list of projects of the Under the Bridge competition.
We officially launch the online voting for the the best project.
We invite you and your friends to vote.
Under the Bridge: courtesy of
The winner of the online voting will receive a special mention and will enter into the shortlist of the best projects. Also, the vote could influence the choice of the jury.
Voting will last 2 weeks. You can vote through social networking. Look for the words ’Vote for the project’ under each project.

Under tha Bridge competition: deadline was extended until JULY 14

  • Monday, June 09, 2014 - 1:40:37 PM
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You still have time to become a participant in the competition "Under the Bridge".

Deadline: JULY 14, online registration: JULY 13

Earth - BridgeAt the moment 180 participants from 43 countries already registered in the competition. More info:
USA 23, Russia 22, India 20, Spain 11, Iran 7, Germany 6, China 5, Bangladesh 5, Canada 5, Philippines 4, Greece 4, Columbia 4, Singapore 4, Italy 4, Australia 4, UK 4, Jordan 3, Portugal 3, Egypt 3, France 3, Kazakhstan 2, Poland 2, Thailand 2, South Korea 2, Mexico 2, the Palestinian Authority 1, Serbia 1, Romania 1, Czech Republic 1, New Zealand 1, Finland 1, Sweden 1, Malaysia 1, Argentina 1, Indonesia 1, Ukraine 1, Bolivia 1, South Africa 1, Sudan 1, Peru 1, Pakistan 1, Iraq 1.

- We’re almost finished our project, what do we do for a month?

1. You can make a presentation for the jury and for the website: Collect materials of your project on A3 sheets - images and texts, and send it to us as a PDF file. Imagine that you make a small book about your project. This will help us to understand the idea and benefits of your project in more details.
2. You can make a short video about your project.
3. How else can you get more chances to win, please click here.

Social Revolution festival invites speakers

  • Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 1:45:30 PM
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Social Revolution festival waiting for participants who want to make presentations, projects, educational workshops, lectures for young architects, etc.

Theme of the festival: ’Hidden spaces of the city

We invite you to spend a lecture or workshop, your theme may be wider, please fill out the form and we will discuss the details with you.

Preliminary days of lectures and workshops: June 21-21, 28-29 and July 5-6.

The festival organizers provide lecture space (Russia, Yaroslavl, Sovetskaya st., 2a art-space ’Heat’), the projector and interested audience of architects, students, media and government representatives.

Also, 1-2 representatives from the lecture group will have accommodation free of charge on the period of lecture days.
In addition: official diplomas confirming participation in the educational program of the festival will be given to all lecturers and organizers of the workshops.

You can come to us, but if it is difficult, Skype lecture or presentation is also possible.

Fill out the form, we will review it and get back to you.

See also:

Under the Bridge competition

International Competition "Under the Bridge"

  • Thursday, April 03, 2014 - 11:59:58 AM
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Participants will need to come up with an architectural object, which will be located in the space under the bridge.
What should be in this place? Or, what would organically complement the bridge?

Under The Bridge

winner: $1000,

possibility of realization after public discussion,

all projects: participation in the exhibition.


Organizers: Social Revolution Festival, Department of Architecture of YaSTU, Municipality of Yaroslavl,

Deadline: June 15, 2014
Every day while crossing the river we don`t even register how the rythmical urban environment is split in a long pause. Series of houses, trees, signs, and traffic lights is replaced by meditative emptiness. Fog and horizon, the distant cloudy sky and the silhouette of the city. You can finally see what is the weather today, what is happing in the sky.

Bridges are tremendously long and our time perception is relative. The space above us and above the bridge is huge. However there is also a space under the bridge. This space is not as high but is just as long. What kind of place is it? What do we know about it? Almost nothing. This is the hidden place of the city, the recondite resource. When have you been under the bridge last time? What were you doing there?
When building a house, first of all, we think about the roof above our head. Of course the walls are needed as a footing for the roof, as a protection from wind and bad weather. Walls are erected easily, ’stone upon stone, brick by brick’, but the roof usually quite difficult to do. We need beams, rafters, workers and even a hoisting crane. The technology of roof-construction is much more complicated and more expensive than walls. In “the bridge-case” you have the roof already. The architecture under the bridge is upside down. Here we build from the top down, reinventing the architecture. What is the architecture vice versa? How do you imagine it? It creates new anti-gravitation forms in which stretching of structures predominates over compression and the building becomes much more efficient and cost efficient. Structure becomes light and airy. It is like architecture on the Moon - Earth’s gravity is no longer a serious opponent to an architect.

Buildability of the structure is not the only advantage. The space under the bridge is more likely to be inherently embedded in the tissue of the city. No one pays attention on it, it’s just invisible. It is easy to get there, but it is not used. It’s a paradox. The city is looking for new areas for development. They are acquired through the expansion of the city boundaries, or for example, redevelopment of parks and other beautiful unoccupied places. But in bridges case there is no need to destroy anything. We just have to expand our perception of the urban master plan. One can discover a new dimension in it by designing on it as it is not a flat surface but a three dimensional object.

We suggest participants use these unique advantages of the spaces under the bridge, and perhaps find new ones. We expect from them a fundamentally new architecture, or maybe conventional architecture, that would play in a new way by capitalizing on its unique position in space, forcing us all to think.

In general, the idea of your project is anything you`d add to the city, using such unusual, little cosmic place, like space under the bridge.

Results of the competition

  • Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 2:36:37 PM
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Results of the competition:


The winners (top three places) will receive personal invitations to the Biennale and diplomas. All shortlisted authors will receive personal letters of thanks from the Governor of the Yaroslavl region. Once the budget of the Biennale will be finalized, there will be determined the terms of future cooperation with the winner of the competition.

3X1 - Spartacus Alive

Online vote: Spartacus Alive competition

  • Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 2:45:26 PM
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Spartacus Alive projects

All projects of the Yaroslavl Architecture Biennale competition ’Spartacus Alive’ are published.

Online public vote among the inhabitants of Yaroslavl, the contestants and all who are interested in this competition starts. You can vote using the Facebook ’like’, Google ’+1’ or ’retweet’ buttons under each project. The project, which will score the maximum number of votes will receive a special honorable mention - Audience Award. Also public vote will affect the jury choice.

Yaroslavl International Architecture Biennale invites speakers

  • Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 2:20:52 PM
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Yaroslavl Architecture Biennale Speakers

Yaroslavl International Architecture Biennale waiting for participants who want to make presentations, projects, educational workshops, lectures for young architects, etc.
The organizing committee of the Biennale is planning an invitation of about 16 lecturers - Guests (all costs of the guests will be reimbursed). This quantity depends of preliminary budget: including full payment of travel expenses, hotel accommodation, support, translator, tour guide.
Curator will review all applications for participation and determine the specific program, and, accordingly, decide on the personal invitations by the organizers.

Also, you can take part in the "Spartacus Alive" competition

Spartacus Alive - international competition

  • Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 12:19:57 PM
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Revitalization of the stadium "Spartak" in the historical center of Yaroslavl (UNESCO Zone).

Goals and objectives:

Formation of a closed space for exhibitions, festivals, fairs. Creation of a new pavilion type in the historic center of the city of Yaroslavl, on the site of the old ravine (protected landscape) according to the development program of the museum complex of the city.
The program focuses on local lore and history of the city. A significant portion of the area of the proposed building (80% and more) will be a new exhibition space of the museum of local lore and a museum of history of the city. Until now, these museums are situated in a Holy Transfiguration Monastery.
Note: the maximum height above the existing ground level, the upper edge of the ravine - 2 m. Construction budget: about 10.000.000 EUR

This is official competition of the Yaroslavl International Architecture Biennale.

Yaroslavl Architecture Biennale

• 1st place: Grand Prix of Yaroslavl International Architecture Biennale,
• the right to further object design (for the realization of the project),
• all projects will be published in the catalog of competitive projects,
• the best projects (shortlist) will take part in the exhibition and presentation.

Spartakovets stadium, Yaroslavl

- The Government of Yaroslavl Region
- UNESCO World Heritage Committee,
- ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites)
- Yaroslavl State Technical University.

The format of submission - 2 plates of 1m*1m, containing:
- planning decision,
- volumetric and modeling decision,
- spatial and functional organization of space proposal.

Any questions: and competition blog