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Ninety-Nine Percent. The Modern Architecture 6 (March 2014) Magazine  
Andrey Buslaev
Talks about the objectivity of policies used at architectural contests have been going on for decades. However, the first major open contest (devoted to the concept of the City Hall of Moscow and the Moscow City Duma building complex) was only held in Russia in 2002, followed by the decade devoid of any huge success in terms of contest events. The decade mostly famous for the widely covered failures of winners of only a few contests held within this time, such as Dominique Perrault in Saint Petersburg or Lord Foster in Moscow, and the growing (and not very well concealed) rampancy of corruption and censorship. A lot of grievances (that replaced the initial delight) reflect the opinion that all these world-renowned “CELEBRITIES” have simply got their heads in the clouds, therefore they cannot do anything worthwhile in our grim and unusual reality. These grievances are also accompanied by soul torture and complaints that “Russian architects can be forced out of the Russian market by their foreign colleagues”.
The change started in Moscow, with the emergence of a new chief architect of the city, as it usually happens in the last few years. Today, one certain city has at least some kind of contest activities alongside the actively practiced and legalized state censorship (various expert and urban planning councils). Outside the capital of Russia we see sporadic activity thanks to non-governmental foundations and certain idealist activists, which on one hand makes me glad but on the other hand, this is all not so simple – contest activities often consist of imitation procedures combined with “bulldogs playing under the carpet”. Apart from complicated legacy of bureaucracy, there is also a problem of immaturity related to current laws that have been constantly going through the transition stage during the last several years (first of all, due to laziness of officials and obsolescence of the bureaucratic apparatus), which many authors have already written about. Eventually, all this has led to a number of important architecture-related events.
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