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2017 / KB Strelka


Intern Architect

Maria Uporova


Barcelona, Spain


+34 662 299 878



Architecture and urban Design

2017 - 2018 / AB Cxema


Intern Architect



2018 - 2019 / Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

Master in City and Technology

2019 / The Green Dip workshop

Collaborative work between IAAC’s MaCT and

The Why Factory, led by Winy Maas, MVRDV.


2019 / The Eyes of the City workshop

The response to an open call for

contributions to the 2019 Shenzhen Biennale, led by Carlo Ratti.


2013 - 2018 / Moscow Architectural Institute

Bachelor of Architecture


Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator, After Effects)







Interior and Urban Design



City and Technology



2 Russian, English, Spanish


1. Art Factory ................................................. 06-25

Diploma project. 2018

Students: Maria Uporova

Faculty: Alexey Shutikov, Elena Vasileva, Anna Kopeina

2. Lab City ...................................................... 26-29

Masterplan. 2016

Students: Natalia Loginova, Maria Uporova

Faculty: Alexey Shutikov, Elena Vasileva, Anna Kopeina

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Art Factory

The aim of the project is to transform an area in

the centre of Moscow into the city’s principal

creative, digital and design hub by uniting

existent separated creative territories and

designing its core, including a cultural centre, a

student campus and a residential building.

Art Factory transforms existing streets and the

river embankment to provide high quality

pedestrian focused environment, improves the

infrastructure of Moscow ranging from main

streets and cross-block connectors to public


The gradient of the private character of the

spaces, the change in experiences

(from public to privately - isolated), variations in

intensity and the level of private access – are the

determining factors for the context creation.

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Cluster Unification diagram

Razumovsky Manor

Commercial creativity:


Drama Colledge

The new image of former

industrial zones

Industrial zones in Moscow

cover almost 17 percent of

the city’s total territory. Many

AT Museum

of them were not used for

decades, with their buildings

falling into disrepair, rusting


away and becoming covered


with waste. The city decided to


turn these zones into new

attractions for local residents.


The site of the project includes

The Contemporary Art Centre


“Winzavod”, the Design

Centre “ArtPlay” and “Arma”

Business quarter, the first

Industrial zones that have

received a new lease of life:


their territories have been

Improved, old buildings are

giving way to office

developments, exhibition halls

and areas for artistic creativity.

These places are extremely

attractive, however they are

not connected ,so the

intention of the project is to

provide pedestrian - focused

environment and to unite

these creative islands into the

8unique Cluster Art Factory.


The Yauza Embankment view

residential complex

cultural centre

general 10 Masterplan


Art Passage

The Art Factory cluster starts

from the cultural centre which

connects the area with a train


It is a multi-functional transit

space, a covered boulevard

that spreads along the

windows of shops, cafes and

recreation areas.

The design area was divided

into a modular grid, the size of

a single module is 10 x10 m.

The proposal includes 7

independent, however united

into a single space sectors.

The location of these sectors

directly interacts with the

infrastructure of the district.

The Art Passage is penetrated

by a pedestrian thread and

it creates internal public

squares and terraces.

In addition, the designed

space is covered by glass roof

that unites the whole space

into the continuous Creative


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The Art Passage consists

of an office area, educational

centre, co-working spaces,

library, exhibition space,

museum, info point and cafe

Ground floor plan

First floor plan

Office area Education Co-working Library Museum

1. Lobby

2. Cafe

4. Bathrooms

5. Administration

6. Technical zone

7. Storage

1. Lobby

2. Wardrobe

3. Book Shop

4. Cafe

5. Exhibition area

6. Technical zone

1. Lobby

2. Recreation

3. Administration

4. Classroom

5. Laser cutting

6. Co-working

1. Lobby

2. Children area

3. Shop

4. Cafe

5. Terrace

6. Storage

1. Lobby

2. Cafe

3. Shop

4. Administration

5. Exhibition

6. Storage

Info Point


1. Lobby

2. Recreation

3. Administration

4. Public space

5. Kitchen

7. Loading bay

1. Lobby

2. Cafe

3. Shop

4. Administration

5. Exhibition

6. Storage

Ground floor plan

Section 1 -1

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play centre


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Art House

The pedestrian boulevard

leads to the residential

complex for artists, designers

and architects.

The main feature of the house

is that on the 7th and 8th floor

the complex is penetrated by

public space, the “Covered

Street” which has an atrium

system that provides a

multi-illuminated space inside

creating spacious workshop

studios .

“The covered street” includes

art galleries and an exhibition

space. Some small studio –

apartments are located on

the public floor, for those who

want to fully immerse into the

creative atmosphere.

The courtyard - hill is designed

on the ground floor ,it covers

a guest parking that includes

80 parking places.

The children’s creative

oriented centre is also located

on the territory of the complex.

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Residential complex is a

significant part of the proposal

that makes the art district solid

and multifunctional.

The housing follows the

proposal, it is creative

community oriented. However

different social groups where

taken into consideration , it

contributed to the design of

different apartments that vary

from 18 m2 to 230 m2. It is

supposed that small studios

will be rent for a short

period of time by young

people, while big apartments

will become a permanent

home for families.

In addition, there are

common spaces inside the

building that help citizens to


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1.entrance hall 4.workspace

2.kitchen 5.bedroom

3.living room 6.bathroom

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48000 10800 21600

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“Covered Street”, co-working space in the Residential Complex, fragment.

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Lab City

The proposal is to create a neighbourhood for

Moscow Physico-Technical Institute. This place aims

to become one of the largest educational centres in

the world, it is significantly important for Moscow city,

however 70 % of the territory is currently occupied

by industrial buildings, the design Intervention is to

renovate the territory designing an additional

infrastructure for students and scientists of the

Meteorological Observatory which is also located

on the area. The main axis of the designed district - a

pedestrian boulevard, which includes various public

spaces and connects the park and residential

quarters with the train station.

The aspiration of this development is to attract not

only researches and students to work here but also

the visitors to enjoy and participate in the social life

of the City Lab neighbourhood.

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Residential area



The Central Park

Business Centre

Student Campus

Scientists Labs

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3. Interior Design .......................................... 32-35

AB cxema. 2018

Team: Andrey Sviridov, Natalia Orehova, Maria Uporova

Status: under construction

4. Kaluga Embankment ................................ 36-45

KB Strelka. 2017


Team: Andrey Sviridov, Natalia Orehova, Oleg Sazonov, Dana Smagina, Alexey Lashkov,

Maria Uporova, Polina Skorina

Status: under consideration by the government



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Apartment as a City

Apartment for a young couple we designed within

the average budget. The project consists of three

spatial elements, each of them has its own

function and character.

There is a living room in the centre with a circle on

the ceiling, which symbolizes the sky.

The functional corridor-street is located at the

back of the apartment that connects the square

with the third element - the bedroom house.

The bathroom is hidden behind the plywood

cabinet block . Light enters through the window

made of frosted glass.

The bedroom is organized on a low podium,

there is an additional storage under it.

The window sill in this configuration serves as

a working surface where the plants and books

could be also put.

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Area: 70 m2

Clear height: 3 m

Number of rooms: 2

Status: under construction

Year: 2017-2018

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Kaluga Embankment

In our project, we analyzed the territory of the entire

reservoir ring: Yachenskaya Embankment, a beach, a

rowing base, a motocross platform, a pond and a winter


We believe that the embankment should be a pilot

project that will launch a chain of transformations of the

entire territory around the ring.

In 2018, Yachenskaya Embankment will be turned into a

unique urban dominant and will become a new symbol

of the city, the Cradle of Cosmonautics.

“Embankment of attraction” is a place that unites

people. The landscape park will be filled with

atmospheric spaces that resemble cosmic landscapes.

The effect is achieved through the use of colours,

textures, a variety of light and reflections in the spaces of

“emptiness”. In the centre of the reservoir a glowing

hemisphere buoy will be installed. In the evening, it will

create the illusion of dissolution of the water

surface in the cosmic sky.

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general masterplan

buoy “Luna”

area 1

wake-board station

skate park

area 2

the main square


boat station


area 3

fishermen pier

picnic terraces

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6. Les Rondes ................................................ 48-53

Students: Raeshma Janardhanan Nair, Luna Nagatomo, Polina Skorina,

Maria Uporova, and Luyang Zhang

Faculty: Sebastiano Scachetti and Francesca Arcuri

7. PlayLand ................................................... 54-59

Students: Maria Uporova and Polina Skorina

Faculty: Vicente Guallart, Mathilde Marengo

8. Internet of Buildings. Westearn .............. 60-69

Students: Sarine Bekarian, Mahsa Nikoufar, Maria Uporova

Faculty: Areti Markopoulou




Connecting the Urban

Fabric. Les Rondes

The ring road was built as a part of a project leading up

to the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. Its main

purpose was to connect the four Olympic sites in the city.

When the ring road was built, it benefited citizens and

tourists in many ways. However, after 26 years, the ring

road has become a major cause of pollution, noise

and traffic,reducing the quality of life of citizens.

Given this current state, this project aims to reduce the

number of vehicles on the ring road and transform the

space to improve connectivity of neighborhood and

cities at a human scale.

We propose to introduce a new collective

transportation system to provide alternative

modalities of transportation. The aim is to improve the

connection between the neighboring counties and

Barcelona, and within different parts of the city with high

speed buses and last mile automated shuttles.

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mobility analysis

metro and railways

dansity of public transportation











the origin and the volume of the vehicles

the comparison of the highways with the public transportation accessibility

high speed buses

last mile automated shuttle

a new collective transportation system to provide alternative modalities of transportation

introduction of the transit hub to allow smooth connection between high speed buses and other modalities of transportation

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Transit Hub, proposal high density of buildings transportation infrastructure

empty spaces

green spaces

46 medium density of buildings water




The chosen area is located in Barcelona, in The

Superblock 2.0. Playland is an attempt to create a

Self – Sufficient Neighbourhood focusing on

the public space for different users. The goal of the

project is to create a modern, comfortable space

as well as to “to teach” citizens through the game,

to involve people in the Green Energy production

process .We believe in gamification as a powerful

tool to engage citizens with their public space, and

with each other.

The existing empty space of the area has been used

as a one “platform”. The concept is to interpret this

platform as a flat. The Flat consists of rooms that

vary in sizes, levels and types of

activities. A big variety of tools is installed in every

room that are able to produce green energy

trough the interaction with people.

The produced Green Energy flows into the

storage, which is located in the old building and

after that it is supplied to the surrounding buildings.

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People interaction + smart pavement + tools = GREEN ENERGY


energy tools

smart pavement

smart grid

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Schedule. Public spaces.

The public spaces of PlayLand

are activated in different time

during the day.

In the morning the most

popular space is a garden. it

is located in front of the cafe

which is designed in the old

building used not only as an

energy storage. The rest of the

space is as a part of a game

because it allows people to

cook by themselves the

vegetables grown in the

garden as well as to share

some other food.

In the evening citizens have a chance to watch a movie using the amphitheatre which has been

designed in front of the screen that has been installed on the old building wall.

Approximately from 3 o’clock in the afternoon when children come back from kindergartens

and schools the funniest place – playground is becoming alive. Jumping on trampolines and

having fun, children are also involved in the Green Energy production process.

52 Video of the Project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGNf-NxgjDk



Internet of Buildings.


The MaCT researchers explored the future of

Barcelona by defining new methodologies

of designing buildings in the digital era, as

well as visualizing on an interactive physical

model the inherent benefits that emerge by

defining “why” and “how” built-structures

would communicate between each other.

Our research has been focused on creating

Networks of Buildings that create solutions

for issues related to waste recycling, local

drone delivery systems, pollution filtration,

reprogramming of offices into housing, as

well as the increasing of urban

microclimates’ comfort levels.

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Wastearn proposes a new waste management solution

for the city of Barcelona, more specifically in the district of Sant

Marti, to maximize the gain of value from the waste and to

minimize the negative impacts caused by its management.

How can this system work?

The proposal is to have an automated

structure in the voids of the buildings where the kitchens are

allocated, an anaerobic digester on the roof for biogas

production, small scale recycling and smart bins in the kitchens.

Once a bin is full, a height sensor will turn on to alert the

structure to pick it up. The vertical rail collects the organic waste

bin and takes in up to the roof to empty it in the digester. This

technology is necessary to be placed on the roof since it needs

heat from the sunlight to produce biogas. Other types of waste

bins are taken in the underground for recycling since the

underground spaces will be freed up.

video of the system: http://www.iaacblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Untitled2.mp4?_=1

To understand the flow of waste in the district, we studied the different typologies of

residential buildings. There are a total of 5 typologies categorized based on the availability of

roof space, underground space and scale.


By redefining the role of buildings, the recycling system in the district as well as developing a new

network between them, for waste management, Wastearn’s impact of the urban ecosystem can

be seen in three aspects: economic, social and environmental.

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From linear to circular approach

The reason why this process is not very sustainable is that the cities are

recycling their waste the same way, in a linear process, for the past 50 years.

The resources are manufactured, transported in the city for consumption, and

then waste is sent to landfills and power plants outside the city. Not only the

process is harmful to the environment but also the value of waste gets lost.

Changing this process into a circular metabolic system within the city is a

solution to decrease the negative impacts in the environment of the cities, but

the proposal for Wastearn is to apply this circular metabolism in the district

scale. More specifically, within each building.

Currently, the waste is being moved hundreds of kilometers to landfills and even

to other continents.Our proposal is to keep the waste into the district

scale and recycle within the building, starting from the kitchen.

World Continent Country Metropolitan City District Superblock Block Building Kitchen

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urban furniture

From Waste to Value

3D printing

In Wastearn, the circular recycling system

will be divided into different steps in 3 scales:

kitchen, building, district.

Waste produced in our households will start by

being sorted in smart bins and then shredded.

These waste go through the processes of

recycling in the building scale (we need space

to recycle and we assume that in the future

there will be less cars and most of the

underground spaces will be emptied). We get

two outcomes from this recycling process, one

biogas production from organic waste and

raw material from the rest of the waste. The

raw material will be used to produce urban

furniture in the district and biogas to produce

energy. The material produced can be

recycled again.















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The interactive physical 3D printed model has been exhibited at BBConstrumat’19

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