Ефим Фрейдин

Architect, researcher, and curator of the project “The City Decides”, Russia

Yefim is engaged in research and territorial development projects. In 2006-2008, he worked in the magazines ’Beautiful Life’, ’Project Siberia’ (Novosibirsk). In 2008-2018, he worked in the architectural Atelier „Rome“ (Omsk). Since 2011, he has been collaborating with the Strelka Institute, KB Strelka, and the Moscow Urban Forum.

He is also the curator of the research and architectural unit of the ’do-it-yourself city’ laboratory (Omsk, 2015-2016). He also curated the development of technical specifications and concepts for the central embankments of Omsk (2017). He was one of the initiators of the „City Decides“ platform to involve citizens in the development of the project, the discussion of the concepts and preparation of the technical task. In 2018, the ’City Decides’ Support Program for Urban Initiatives was supported by the Presidential Grants Fund. The second phase of the project includes training of initiator teams, development, and testing of complex concepts for local public spaces proposed by residents.

In 2015, Yefim advised the initiative group „Lubinsky Convenient for Man“. Due to his work and expertise, the concept of the central street of Omsk, which caused controversies, was finalized. At the moment, the sociocultural programme for the street is being finalized.

In 2012, he was a curator of the urban discussion program „Time to Solve“ at the Strelka Institute. Some of the discussions were dedicated to solving urban conflicts.