Research Simulator: Slavyanski Mir

A vibrant market on the edge of Moscow (and a gateway between the old and new city), preceded by a history of markets as contested ethnic enclaves and informal economy networks. Slavyanskiy Mir represents a bordered yet borderless world on the edge of Moscow.

Typology of Borders in Slavyanskiy Mir

Slavyanskiy Mir is filled with a variety of visible and invisible borders between spaces, people, and goods. many of these boundaries are quite visible at the human scale, such as this permeable boundary of informally placed stones. Others are less visible. Here are a list of borders identified form our site visit.

Day 5: Understanding Slavyanskiy Mir

Our field visit to Slavyanskiy Mir revealed a place quite different from what we experience within the center or even the MKAD borders of Moscow. It exists in stark contrast to nearby global shopping markets which are also like mini cities, like Ashaan, IKEA, and Stockmann.

Shadow Empire

Evgeniya Nedosekina’s comprehensive research of the former Cherkizovsky market, which opened after the fall of the Soviet Union and operated as one of the largest informal markets – perhaps in the world.