• Year: 2010
  • Client: International New Town Institute Screenings: Moscow Architectural Biennal and Architectural week in Bordeaux
  • Story: Alexander Sverdlov,
    Anastassia Smirnova
  • Graphics: Maria Krasnova-Shabaeva, SVESMI

Microrayon. Tomorrow is a short movie about the possibilities to identify beauty, comfort and a future in the Soviet housing areas built in 1960-80s by proposing architectural and financial strategies to improve them.

Created by SVESMI as part of the research project for INTI,
it tells a story of 
microrayon emancipation after the fall of communism and of controversies that continue tearing it apart. In a playful and a bit ironic tone, this video also describes several proposals for rendering of a prototypical microraryon into a socially and environmentally sustainable area. 

Although it is clearly impossible to offer the final solution to many microrayon problems, the movie explains the reality,
in which millions of people 
still live today on the vast
territory and the importance of projects – political, social, and cultural – that aspire to improve these obsolete designs.