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Posted 03.26.10 | PERMALINK | ESSAY

Gavin Browning, Greta Hansen & Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong: Trans Siberia



Nizhny Novgorod (461 km from Moscow)
Despite its name — translating literally to “lower new-city” — Nizhny Novgorod is an old town. Its Kremlin, which continues to house the administrative seat of the region and the city, is older than Moscow’s. Within its walls is an assorted collection of buildings that have undergone varying functions: an arsenal converted to the National Centre for Contemporary Arts, one surviving cathedral, a 19th-century military museum used as a tram depot by the Soviets, and Communist Party headquarters-turned-opera house. In the city's historical center, Soviet structures are scattered among their architectural antitheses. Although many structures were destroyed during the 20th century, the Soviet impulse to recreate the government did not overcome the tradition of the Kremlin.

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Trans Siberia
On Places, selected images from Trans Siberia, the new exhibition at Columbia's Studio-X New York, focusing on the administrative buildings of the Communist party in the former Soviet Union and China.
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Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong is a partner in the creative duo Warm Engine.
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Gavin Browning holds an MS in Urban Planning from Columbia University and a BA in English from The New School University. He was the director of Studio-X, a downtown Manhattan extension of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where he curated events and exhibitions, and edited The Studio-X NY Guide to Liberating New Forms of Conversation (GSAPP Books, 2010).

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Greta Hansen is a partner in the creative duo Warm Engine.
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