I have friends who are architects, and my friend Natasha Sablina (a great architectural blogger) says that they cut corners a lot here: make the windows smaller and the cladding simpler, and that can make a building ugly. It's a crime to design those kinds of buildings; I just don't get it.
I do like the quality of some renovations. For example, the former Shamov hospital, which is now Kazan Palace by Tasigo. That place was pretty grim. To be honest, it scared me as a child, made me think of ghosts and the criminally insane. Now it's great. The brick building has been preserved; how it looks from the outside, the windows ... I'm very impressed by it. And for me (especially after London), architecture is really important.
At the same time, London taught me to take things in stride. I used to get really mad and indignant if someone was rude, ignorant, or offensive (it would irritate me and ruin my mood before). Now I've really started taking things easier.
In that respect, my preference is doing things on a small scale. Even when it comes to Meg's Tales [the play written by Zoe Ruter and performed at the Ugol creative laboratory], people came and had a good time. Something inside them changed and they got the references. I didn't want to talk about politics in a children's fairy tale, of course; it's just our life. From the perspective of a child, what would it be like if snow was banned in the city? You'd have some questions about that. At the same time, you start to think more, and more positively. The conditions that people are left to live in, that's my real pursuit, my contribution. And in the end, London taught me how to try. In Russia that's not really possible: