Strelka Institute: The Terraforming Design and Research Programme

The design research program The Terraforming is a three-year (2020–2022) initiative of the Strelka Institute in Moscow, directed by Benjamin H. Bratton and Nicolay Boyadjiev. Each programme cycle runs for 5 months and invites a group of 30 interdisciplinary researchers. 

Strelka Institute I The Terraforming


The next leg of the programme will run over five months in 2022. Online collaboration will be prioritised but in 2022 the program will have a hybrid format. It will begin with an offline field-trip when the group will have a chance to meet in person, followed by 2 months of online seminars, and will end with an extensive design-push phase, which will take place offline in 1 location for a period of approximately 3 months.


The goal is to address new, unexpected and vital ways of combining cinematic and textual work into new forms that we cannot anticipate in advance. The works are meant to serve as models of how to conceive and compose an alternative planetarity.


Who is it for?

Young professionals from Russia and abroad with a higher education degree (in any specialisation) and 2–3 years of professional experience, with varied backgrounds and work experience in the fields of: architecture, urbanism, filmmaking, design, journalism, digital media, philosophy, social studies, political science and other fields.


Moscow, Russia

Duration of stay

5 months

Financing amounts

The researchers receive a monthly stipend of 39,200 rubles (~475 EUR). 

Travel expenses (such as flights and accommodation) for the field trips are covered by Strelka.

Source of funding


Type of activity

Mobility, Research Fellowships

Type of sector

Architecture, Design, Film, Landscape and urban planning, Interdisciplinary art practices