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The Avant-garde that never was


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Timiryazev monument

The «Moscow Through the Engineer’s Eyes» presents the brand new RETRO FUTURO project — guided tours with the help of the VR technologies provided by the Arvizio company. These tours will be the first ones to offer you the opportunity to look at the city through the VR glasses. The most prominent utopian projects of the XX century will emerge in front of you on the streets and squares. With our best guides you will discover the Russian capital as it would look like if some of the audacious architectural dreams had come true.
During our second VR tour, «The Avant-garde That Never Was»  we will take a walk alongside the Tverskoy Boulevard that turned into a pilot area for the most daring experiments.


You will see:
  • Horizontal skyscrapers, giant inhabited structures marking the Boulevard Ring;
  • The Leningradskaya Pravda newspaper building, the very first example of kinetic architecture;
  • The cylinder-shaped Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Theatre instead of the Gorky Moscow Art Theatre, Constructivist masterpiece;
  • The initial project for the Izvestia newspaper headquarters that was meant to be a skyscraper dominating the Strastnaya Square.
You will learn:
  • Where did the Avant-gardists' groundbreaking ideas and solutions came from; 
  • Why it was prohibited to construct building higher than 7 floors in Moscow in the 20s;
  • Why the Gorky Moscow Art Theatre was built instead of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Theatre;
  • Where you can now see horizontal skyscrapers and rotating buildings.
  • Every guest receives his own VR glasses
  • You have to leave a copy of your ID document and 2000 rubles as a deposit. At the end of the tour, we destroy the copy and return the money.
Duration: 1,5–2 hours
Meeting point: at the Timiryazev monument (the Nikitskye Vorota Square) 
Finish point: Pushkinskaya metro station

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