The city is not just a place on top of which new emerging technologies intervene; it is in fact simultaneously our most durable and dynamically-evolving technology, over which no single professional domain has exclusive agency. What alternative and multidisciplinary forms of urban practice are needed to account for current and future iterations of what we still call “the city”? Architect and TNN design tutor Nicolay Boyadjiev presents the experimental design work prototyped in The New Normal speculative urbanism think-tank at the Strelka Institute for Architecture, Media and Design in Moscow.
Nicolay Boyadjiev is an architect, strategist and design tutor of The New Normal at the Strelka Institute for Media Architecture and Design in Moscow. His recent work focuses on surveillance, addressability, and cognitive extraction at the urban scale.
The New Normal at the Strelka Institute investigates emerging technologies at the scale of the city, not only in their ability to enable new things to happen, but also in their capacity to reveal what was already there before their emergence and thus recalibrate our relationship to the world and built environment, changing how we think about design in the process.