A Project for an Ideal City at the border of Moscow, 2006
with Agata Mierzwa

The project, which is a constituing part of a larger urban strategy to confront the current neo-liberal planning attitudes of Moscows authorities, is playing out the role of limiting and constraining the urban growth and expansion of the city. To mark the overall dimension of the project, two ideal cities - sphinxes - are designed to frame the limits of the section along the river, and thus of the entire city itself. As centralities in dialectical opposition to Moscow’s city center, the sphinxes mark the beginning and end of the city’s new datum, the river Moskva. The gravity of these counter-centers inscribes a new constraint of growth in response to the sprawling laissez-faire condition of Moscow’s periphery by colliding a precise formal rigor with a programmatic intensity capable of re-emphasizing the political boundaries of the city. Through a series of entrances, the presence of the new urban mass is rendered giving precise boundaries delineating between urban and suburban. A bridge, A wall, an arena for manifestations, a sequence of scales of urban patterns, are the spatial and physical features of these entrance-gates, containing large parking structures and accentuating the cities vestibules, also connecting, deviating and finally linking freeway-intersections with the sphinx. The logic of the proposed urban mass has the potential to densify itself with an inner growth scheme of regulating and organizing space for free market development. The masses of the sphinx are orchestrated by a connective tissue defined by the repetition of a reconceived slab/plinth urban type. Repetitively composed on the Euclidian structure and based on a hundred by hundred meter grid, the medium scale slab of seven stories and the horizontal podium that formulates the architectural relationship between these two elements are containing the basic needs of its specific neighborhood. The repetitive orthogonal configuration of these components creates a large scale “miesian space;” one single spatial continuity that neglects backside/front-side or street/courtyard dichotomies, providing space as a stage for everyday life, and allows frictions of the many different conditions that are existing in the sphinx.