Strelka Institute

Strelka was founded in 2009 to change the cultural and physical landscapes of Russian cities. The Institute promotes positive changes and creates new ideas and values through its educational activities. Strelka provides brand new learning opportunities, while the City remains at the centre of the Institute’s research programme.

Strelka Institute is a non-governmental institution with an experimental approach to education. Its 5-month study programme is aimed at young international specialists with backgrounds in architecture, design, the social sciences, and other fields. Strelka’s multidisciplinary education programme was shaped specifically to develop human capital and boost students’ creative energy.

Strelka’s educational programme promotes critical thinking and public presentation skills. Other cornerstones of the study programme are visual skills development, creative research and data analysis and — last but not least — the potential applicability of research projects and their value in solving the real problems of Russian cities.

Strelka is open to the world and has always been ready for cooperation and networking; all the knowledge produced at the Institute and many of its educational events are free to the public. This openness has turned the Strelka Institute into a popular public space around which various communities are built. Every summer, the Strelka courtyard hosts a number of public events: including lectures, conferences, and film screenings. Because of the Institute’s great location — in the centre of Bolotny Island, right opposite the Kremlin, Krymskaya Embankment, ‘Museon’ Park and Gorky Park — Muscovites come here daily to work, socialise or just to have lunch. This territory used to belong to the Moscow chocolate factory ‘Red October’ and was turned into a creative cluster several years ago. As a lively and open public space, Strelka has had a huge impact on the development of the whole island.