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Vladimir Azarov

"I transformed myself in the zero of form." Kazimir Malevich



Vladimir Azarov graduated from The Moscow Architectural Institute and worked as an architect in Mocow. Mr. Azarov is a member of The Architects' Union of Russia. In 1997 he organized the Architectural Bureau of Azarov (ABA) and continues to work with the Moscow Architectural Bureau Arkhimed Plus, based on the previous organisation and headed by architect Kirill Arkhipov.

The Architectural Bureau follows the traditions of the leading Moscow Design Institution Mosproject where Vladimir Azarov spent most his working life. The Bureau's architectural style emphasizes functionalism of buildings' space-structure and minimalism in form & detail choices, resembling Russian Constructivism of the early 20th century. Arkhimed Plus designs for a wide spectrum of construction projects in Moscow districts - from many-storied residential buildings and multi-functional offices and trade complexes to the restoration, reconstruction and renovation of buildings integrated within the historic architectural context of the city's old centre.

In 1970 Vladimir Azarov was the principal architect of the Russian Embassy and Consulate in Ylan-Bator, Mongolia and supervised the completion of his design.

Some realized and proposed Azarov designs:

1. The Russian Embassy in Ulan-Bator, Mongolia. Mosproekt-1. Built in 1970.
2. The Moscow Public Prosecutor's Department. Mosproekt-1. Built in 1969.
3. The Experimental District Chertanovo. Complex 6 and 7. Design of 1977.
4. The Central Moscow TV Centre. Mosproekt-1. Concept of 1995.
5. Reconstruction of Taganskaya Square. Mosproect-1. Concept of 1992.
6. Vladimir Azarov's last residential building for the Moscow newspaper "Arguments & Facts". Krasnaya Presnya. 2000.

A Turning Point Or The Day I Became An Architect

This poem is from my book "The Kiss from Mary Pickford", TVP(BookThug), 2011.

From my childhood in Kazakhstan, where my parents were exiled by the Stalinist regime, I still remember our neighbour. I called him Uncle Evgeny. He was an Austrian filmmaker who came to Russia in 1924 to help to the start of the young Soviet cinematographers and was jailed in 1930s as a spy. This kind aging man couldn't work physically, he worked home as an artist and was my caregiver, teaching me to draw and smoke (I was 5-6 years old). An the end of the WWII, thanks to his influential cinematic friends, among whom were, Eisenstein, Uncle Evgeny was released and went back to Leningrad. He left in my youth a trace of the cinema-career.

I am eighteen
I am stealing through the wide corridors
Of the Moscow
Cinematographic Institution

Uncle Evgeni is still alive
Living in his and our cradle Leningrad
His kind art blessings come to me
In his warm letters

In corridors
I see future stars walking casually
Pretty girls with bright eyes
Their tightly belted waists
Like waists of wasps

I see proud artistically looking men
I see an exhibition
The breath-taking cinema-diplomas
Of paintings and glued maquettes

These cinematic corridors
Lead me politely and telltale to the exit
To a different Alma Mater
From a world that imitates life

To actual and real living
Which is the real one :

To think and draw
To calculate constructing structures
Maquetting urban human habitation
To fight for an environmental ecology

Okay! Good bye my movie-uncle
Called Evgeni!
Good bye to silent ghostly silver
Coloured "talkie" wide-screened dreams!
Good bye Fellini, Eisenstein, Tarkovsky!

Hello to you my Moscow!
Sunny capital of all my hopes!
My unpredictable life's ocean!
I greet a concrete glass stone metal world!

Hello Mies van der Rohe in Toronto!

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