The Terraforming Summer: A Glossary

If the task at hand now is to design the conditions of planetary inhabitation, then how can this process of design be conceptualized for different timeframes, scales and levels of application?

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The first workshop in the Terraforming Summer series will introduce the conceptual basis of the program and will unpack the key terms outlining this planetary design initiative. Serving as an entry point into the themes of the Terraforming, the workshop will map the program’s general framework through the specific theoretical concepts developed by the researchers with the help of the program facultyBenjamin Bratton, Jussi Parikka, Helen Hester, Robert Pietrusko and Holly Jean Buck

Together we will explore the meaning of Planetarity, look at the differences between Terraforming and Anthropoforming, and consider Logistics, Metabolismand Exploit, among others, as concepts that are particularly relevant for navigating through the issues of planetary ecology. During the workshop, theory will be presented as a design medium in itself – a tool that enables novel approaches to conventional problems and leads to reimagining of the means through which they can be dealt with. Participants will learn how to use theory not as an abstract generalization but to engage with it in a practical way by developing their own collective vocabulary of concepts that can be disassembled, manipulated and applied at different stages of the design process. They will be introduced to the nuances of conducting and presenting research collectively, and will learn how to contextualize, discuss and communicate their ideas more effectively.

The workshop will be of benefit for design students and practitioners who would like to strengthen their critical thinking skills and expand their practice by engaging with conceptual theory. It will also be of interest for people of other backgrounds who want to learn more about contemporary design theory and new types of urbanism. Serious theoretical background is not necessary, but basic understanding of how to work conceptually would be beneficial. Participants should see the workshop as a peer-to-peer session and need to be open to engaging in group discussions, willing to ask questions and express their opinion. 

Tutor: Anastasiia Noga is a researcher, writer and curator based in Moscow. Her work investigates the ways in which spatial and territorial configurations of various scales are shaped by political, economic and cultural dimensions of labour, structures of production and logistics of exchange. Prior to the Terraforming, she was an associate at Office for Applied Histories, a research and experimental development studio based in Bahrain, where her work was aimed at reframing the significance of culturally contested sites through the notion of intangible architectural heritage. She holds an undergraduate degree in Culture, Criticism and Curation from Central Saint Martins. 

The Terraforming is an interdisciplinary design-research program at Strelka Institute. It combines theoretical insights and practical experience to consider the past and future role of cities as a planetary network by which humans occupy the Earth’s surface. This year’s project outcomes investigated a range of topics to propose both pragmatic scenarios and speculative fictions addressing the terraforming that has brought us to this moment and the terraforming that now must urgently be planned and conducted within the coming decades.

The Terraforming Summer is a series of workshops serving as a window into the program’s unique design-research process, spanning theoretical readings, editorial framing, and speculative design synthesis. Individually each 2-day workshop offers an accelerated deep-dive into one core area of expertise and aspect of the program, and in sequence all three provide an opportunity to experience the workflow which informs the design-research methodology put forward by the program. Participants will learn how to interpret and incorporate key theoretical concepts in their practice, storyboard their ideas to give them narrative structure, and prototype speculative design-research projects addressing the key terms and problematics of contemporary urban design.

Application deadline is on the 30th of August 12:00 (GMT +3). We will contact the successful applicants by the 31th of August. Participation fee in one workshop is 2500rub, participants of three workshops will have a discount price of 6000rub for all. For the discount and any further inquiries please contact the workshop producer Katya via

The workshop will be held at Strelka Institute, Bersenevskaya Naberezhnaya, 14/5, Moscow. The room will be disinfected and equipped with sanitizers, all measures to maintain social distance will be provided. At the entrance we will measure your temperature and provide personal protective equipment if you don’t have your own.


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1 августа 12:00 — 2 августа 2020 20:00

14, bldg.5A, Bersenevskaya emb., Moscow 119072, Russian Federation +7 903 262 54 22
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