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The New Normal

The New Normal

Edited by Benjamin H. Bratton
Edited by Nick Axel
Edited by Nicolay Boyadjiev


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  • First comprehensive survey of research work produced by The New Normal program at Moscow's Strelka Institute of Media, Architecture and Design
  • A highly topical, inspirational read on the future of cities and urban design
  • Features lavishly illustrated contributions by 17 international researchers and designers
  • Moscow's Strelka Institute of Media, Architecture and Design have very quickly gained much international attention and recognition as a forward-thinking school of design
Full Description
Strelka Institute of Media, Architecture, and Design was founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist Alexander Mamut 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. This thorough, inspirational book is the first major publication emerging from Strelka’s The New Normal program. The institute’s most ambitious research unit focuses on research and design for Moscow and explores the opportunities posed by emerging technologies for interdisciplinary urban design practices. Strelka is a speculative urbanism think-tank and a platform for the invention and articulation of a new discourse and new models.

The New Normal has been conceived by the American sociologist and architectural theorist Benjamin H. Bratton, who is known for his unique mix of philosophical and aesthetic research, organisational planning and strategy, and for his writing on the cultural implications of computing and globalization. The book features seventeen lavishly illustrated contributions by international researchers and designers that outline the scope of The New Normal’s output, held together by a thematic essay in nine chapters by Bratton. Highly topical, this first comprehensive survey of research work produced by The New Normal program will appeal to all readers interested in the future of cities and urban design.
About the Author

Benjamin H. Bratton is a professor and Director of the Center for Design and Geopolitics at University of California, San Diego, and Director of The New Normal program at Strelka Institute of Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow.

Nicolay Boyadjiev is an architect and design strategist, and a design and education tutor A Strelka Institute in Moscow.

Nick Axel is an editor, architect, educator, and theorist, and head of the Architecture Department at Amsterdam's Gerrit Rietveld Academy.

Park Books
16th Nov 2020
Paperback / softback
UK, Ireland, Scandinavia, Benelux, Southern Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East, China, Hong Kong, Central and South America
270 mm x 200 mm
548 Pages
470 color, 146 b&w
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