LAKE / FIELD
PLACEMAKING
2022
Location
Project status
Team
Studio
Client
Chereya and Byelaya Tserkov villages, Belarus
First step built, construction of the second
Gio Zaborski
LAYERS
Rapa Nui Yoga Art Retreat
PLACEMAKING CONCEPT
March 2022
MASTER-PLAN STRUCTURE
March 2022
FIRST STEP: LANDSCAPE
Aerial photo july 2022
NEXT STEP: INSTALLATIONS
Concept render april 2022
OK16 HUB
PLACEMAKING 2017 ... 19
Location
Area
Status
Role
Minsk, Belarus
6000 sq.m.
Closed in 2019
Initiator, chief architect, director,
chief curator

Minimalism rethinked. To create largest while leanest contemporary culture center in Eastern Europe, I took architect's decision to create no visible architecture at all and became it's director and curator. Instead of spreading budget overall the space, we've achieved goal by series of invisible interventions such as strategically placed stage lights, power sockets, new openings and cultural program precisely designed to use all the potential values of early XX-ct. industrial building.
Minimalistic approach became possible because OK16 was placed on the street wich was urban- and artistically converted by previous project I was co-curating, "Vulica Brazil".

Otherwise, practical experience of lean space adaptation was taken from my earliest project, first Minsk industiral space converted into cultural hub, ME100 ("the Place").

For long 3 years OK16 became literally place and (sometimes) literally home for young, emerging and contemporary Belarusian and global culture. 99% invisible - is perfect sence to describe OK16 architecture, while it WAS totally and throughout designed to host and intersect visions, concepts, artists, business people and general audience, creating various assemblages of them. And, despite it's complex conceprual elaboration, it wasn't high brow - it was brightest place of the city.

I'm sure, all places need such kind of lean and open spaces, designed to be multidisciplinary sensitive and collaboration-producing. Invisible architecture is what makes it happen.
Popular culture layer
Early XX-ct industry layer
1960-th industrial history layer
Conceptual art layer
Open place of peaceful dialogue for all
sq.m. converted
300
events per
3
years
75 000
visitors
6000
artists in residence each month
10
FUNGILAB
ART CURATION, DESIGN PHILOSOPHY 2018
Location
Overview

Field

Team
OK16 cultural hub, Minsk, Belarus
Science art residence, lab and exhibition
Human-human and human-nonhuman horisontal collaborations
Curators Gio Zaborski, Sergei Katran, Pavel Voinitski, Medusomyces gisevii
Photo: Nata Nemkova from Monogroup and Monogroup hybrid installation in Fungilab
VULICA BRASIL
ART CURATION
2015...17
Location
Overview
Team


Oktyabrskaya street, Minsk, Belarus
Streetart and urban installations international festival
Vulica Brasil Institute + Gio Zaborski + Lourenco Gimenes
This summer festival in Minsk started with large-sacle streetart, but over years became influeintial urban event. With oter urban activists, businesses and initiatives, we concetrated efforts on neglected industrial street, and well-balanced master-plan, flexible and leaving a lot of room for initiatives and spontaneousness, helped transform it from some lost spot into most busy and popular street in the city.
ME100
PLACEMAKING 2013
Location
Area
Status
Role
Minsk, Belarus
250 sq.m.
Built, migrated, closed in 2017
Initiator, chief architect, director, chief curator

First industrial space converted into cultural and tech (hacker+maker) underground hub, my first experiment in full circle placemaking from scratch to operational management (this one step was, sure, screwed) - it gave me huge spatial and management experience.
Extremely lean, while creative, soviet warehouse transformation was based on the use of an obstacle as a feature. Impossible to remove, 100-tonns storage structures were used as a spatial mesh, in wich voids we needed were carved as caves.
Hackathons layer
Exhibition layer
Theater layer
Coworking layer
Lean development

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