From the editors
CULTURE IN A "FOREIGN" SPACE: AN INTRODUCTION
TO GENIUS LOCI KALININGRAD AND KOENIGSBERG
KALININGRAD IN THE YEAR 2020 - A NOT QUITE FICTITIOUS CONVERSATION
DESTINATION - KALININGRAD
FROM KALININGRAD DICTIONARY
MAP OF THE CITY
FORMA URBIS. SYMBOLIC PARALLELS
IN OR OUT
THE RAILWAY STATION AND ENTRANCE TO THE CITY OF KALININGRAD
BINARY STATES OF "K" CITY
Eugeny Umansky, Karpenko-Karpenko
IN THE CENTER
Andrei Monastyrsky, Sabina Haensgen
EMPTY CENTER K.
FOLLOWING SILENT WORDS
FA+ (Ingrid Falk & Gustavo Aguerre)
THE MYTHICAL FOUNDATION OF KALININGRAD
PRETERITION: KNEIPHOF ISLAND
THE BRIDGES AND "THE PREGEL'S ODOR"
John Craig Freeman, Greg Ulmer
IMAGING KALININGRAD: THE SEVEN BRIGES OF KOENIGSBERG
FORGOTTEN KANT AND THE KANT-BRAND IN KOENIGSBERG
KANT'S BRIDES: A READYMADE PHOTOGRAPHIC CHRONOTOPE
THE CATHEDRAL AND KANT FOR EVERYONE, OR IS GOD FEARSOME WITHOUT MORAL
THE CASTLE OF SOVIETS
THE ROYAL CASTLE
A WHITE SEAGULL ABOVE THE CITY: THE SYMBOLS OF THE OLD NEW CITY
WRITING OF DREAMS
LIGHT UP DOM SOVETOV
THE HOUSE OF SOVIETS
THE MOST PROFOUND SECRET OF ONE KOENIGSBERG LAWYER: HOFFMANN
A LEGEND ABOUT FIVE LITTLE ULRICHEN AND FERRYMAN ANDRE
KOENIGSBERG-KALININGRAD. THE TASTE OF MARZIPAN
THE COUNTRY OF PENSIONERS - OR THE GERMANS
CONCRETE ELEMENTS OF KALININGRAD
THE UNDREAMED OF CITY
TOWN PLANNING MATHEMATICS
MOSKOVSKII PROSPECT & THE SHADOWS AROUND ALTSTADT
OUR TOWER Ivan Chechot
THE TOWER-REDAN "KRONPRINZ"
THE KRONPRINZ TOWER. Projects for the National Centre for Contemporary Arts by Students of the Institute for Theory and Design in Architecture (Braunschweig, Germany)
THE AMBER ROOM
BASTIONS IN DIAMONDS AND EMERALDS
THE HOUSE OF MACHINERY: THE RECONSTRACTION AND EXPLOITATION OF THE POPULATION
V.I.P. (Very Interesting Person)
PLACE OF EXECUTION
TRACES OF A VIRTUAL HISTORY IN A VERY REAL CITY
CHRIST THE SAVIOR CATHEDRAL
LIFE AND EGGS (A sketch about trams)
A STROLL THROUGH THE CENTER
IN THE FLOW: FOUNTAIN SEASON
WILD WEST OF RUSSIA
ANIMALS IN KALININGRAD AND A MOSAIC
KOENIGSBERG'S SPIRITUAL HERITAGE IN TONS, ITEMS AND SACKS. From the history of lost and found cultural heritage
WE ALL ARE GOING TO BE THERE
MONUMENT TO 1200 GUARDSMEN IN KALININGRAD
MATTER AND SPIRIT
FRAGMENT OF A SYMPHONY FOR SLOW READING: IVANOV AND HIS SURROUNDINGS
ATTIC OF RECOGNITION
MAN AND WOMAN
THE SMALL SCULPTURE "GIRL"
ON THE STREET
Igor Isaev, Dmitrii Demidenko
THE FIRE HYDRANT
Kalle Brolin, Kristina Muntzing
THE WATERFALL HERACLES' BOLT
V.I.P. (Very Interesting Person)
NATASHA POTERYASHINA. Inteview
TO BE IN THE MOOD FOR PACKING
Dmitrii Bulatov, Pavel Savel'ev
ACEPHALUS: OPTICAL MODELS
LIGHT THE CRYSTALS OF KALININGRAD!
THE BRIDGE THAT THE "RUSSIANS COULDN'T PULL DOWN"
THE ROAD TO BERLIN: FROM EPIC TO BANAL. Interview with Valerii Bugrov
HOAR-STONES AND BOUNDARY SYMBOLS
MUSCOVITES ARE HANGING
BEFORE THE CITY
CONCRETE ELEMENTS OF KALININGRAD
Olga Sezneva / New York, USA / Kaliningrad, Russia
Kaliningraders might be forgiven for failing to notice the modest formal nuances in their lives, the concrete elements making up the walls that separate their world of intimacy from that of the unruly crowds. This interpretation of the city by an architectural group from Stockholm - Andreas Jonasson, Katarina Wahlstroem and Birgitta Wallin - zooms in on the geometric aesthetics of Soviet Modernism, reframing and reorienting the eye's perspective on an otherwise hidden dimension of Kaliningrad's architecture.
Kaliningraders are often dreamers. What they think Kaliningrad is about is hidden from the eyes of others. All cities exist in the form of mental maps that most of their residents carry and communicate (the beauty of these maps is that they are not at all topographic; they can be made up of "Auntie Shura's house", "where Uncle Kolya's car got stuck", "left of the crucified" or, simply, "On Mayak"). But it is my strong sense as an urban sociologist (and Kaliningrader) that the mental life of Kaliningraders takes place in preserves that are believed to be innocent of Soviet modernist aberration - in the old German quarters, beneath the few clandestine medieval walls that still stand. This is where Kaliningraders live their true lives only temporarily putting up with the rough concrete of their Khrushchev-Brezhnev homes, and breaking free when taking strolls overshadowed by chestnut trees.
In the course of several years I've been studying the relationships which Kaliningraders have developed with the architectural styles composing their city. What follows are original excerpts from this study.
Task 1: Please mark the route and the places to which you would take a friend visiting with you from Russia.
Well, let us start from the Cathedral, Kant is there…
Kant, and I'd tell him, "this is the only monument of Northern Gothic architecture of the 14th century on the entire territory of Russia."
And then we go up to Lake Verkhnee, past the Historical Museum, to the Amber Museum, the tower Der Dohna. That's a fine piece of architecture, right there, and so old! Ah, what a pity you can't make it directly over here, to, Amalienau, without passing all the dirt and mess of the market, what a bazaar there! Nothing of interest as we go through Victory Square, and then here we are - the Fighting Bison sculpture. Onward from here, along the Prospect Mira, past Schiller, the Zoo (it used to be the second largest in Germany after Berlin, just so that you know). Here all streets are nice here - pleasant old houses and roofs, the roofs are especially Prussian, no, even Koenigsbergen!
Yes, it's clear - I would show something of Koenigsberg, especially that Iron Bridge, a miracle of Prussian engineering. There is a nice view of the port and the boats from there.
Question 2: For Kaliningrad, the House of Soviets is…
A: … a burden.
L: …a dark splotch.
E: … an eternal construction site.
M: …a memorial to wastefulness.
This is when I become intentionally provocative: spreading out a collection of photographs of different buildings, I ask my dear Kaliningraders who would accompany a Russian relative on a tour to select a few. What will you place before your relative's eyes to make your life visible? Would it surprise the reader that School Number 18 was selected "because this is where I studied," the Iunost' Sport Club because "I take my son to swimming lessons there," the address Moskovskii 125 because "this is where I live," and even the House of Soviets will be included, in order to produce hearty laughter about its "funny face" and the idiocy of our life.