Lecture Off the Beaten Tracks by Clem Cecil starts at 7.30pm
Architectural historian and campaigner for built heritage, Clementine Cecil looks beyond the tourist sites of Russia's chief cities and shares her experiences of them. Cecil describes the special atmosphere of each city, with reference to local attitudes and the less well-known aspects of their architectures. Cecil considers the interaction between the grand and the ordinary in both cities, and the places in between - the streets, the courtyards, the alleyways. Important but less well known sites in Moscow include VDNKh (the all-Russian Exhibition Centre) a playground of styles from Stalinist Classicism to Post-War Modernism, Constructivist era buildings such as the Nikolaev Hostel, and some unusual house-museums. St Petersburg conceals a whole other city behind its classical facades: a city of courtyards, industrial buildings and crumbling palaces.