Strelka Institute: The New Normal

The Strelka Institute is a non-commercial educational institution founded in 2009 promoting positive change in cities and the cultural and physical landscapes of Russia. The New Normal was an experimental postgraduate programme, which ran between 2017-2019 and it was led by design theorist and writer Benjamin Bratton at the Strelka Institute.

Strelka Institute I The New Normal


The programme took place primarily in the Strelka Institute and was guided by a core group of faculty experts. Course content included seminars, studio, field trips and technical workshops over the course of 5 months.

The participants developed final research projects incorporating topics and themes as diverse as architecture, computer science, economics and art. 


The New Normal programme invited multidisciplinary Russian and international researchers and designers to explore how emergent technologies have impacted the development of cities and urban design as a discipline from cultural, economic and political viewpoints.


The programme reflected the global scale of the problems being addressed and the need for multiple viewpoints from around the world. 

The community of the programme and network grew each year, as the participants build on each other’s work and research.

Who is it for?

Multidisciplinary artists and researchers with 2-3 years of professional experience and a higher education degree.

There were no age restrictions, but the programme was aimed at young professionals between the ages of 25 – 25.


The majority of the programme was held in Moscow and included research trips taking place abroad.

Duration of stay

5 months

Financing amounts

Participants received a monthly stipend (600 USD/month in 2017 edition).

Source of funding

Not mentioned

Type of activity

Training, Research Fellowships

Type of sector

Design, Research, Interdisciplinary art practices