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15 MarRespected President Vladimir Putin, On February 25, 2014, the Russian State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting agreed to the dismantling of the celebrated Shabolovka Radio Tower in Moscow, designed by the engineer Vladimir Shukhov and completed in 1922. No conclusive evidence of danger has been demonstrated, although deferred maintenance has had negative effects on the surface of the structure. This superlative work of modern engineering and architecture has withstood the test of time both in its structural innovation and as a symbol of the city of Moscow thanks to the genius of its designer and builder, Vladimir Shukhov, who is generally considered the Russian equivalent of Gustave Eiffel.
11 OctOn the 10-th of October in Multimedia Art Museum (Moscow, Ostogenka,16) the exhibition «The Hyperboloid of Engineer Shukhov» was opened. The exhibition is dedicated to Shukhov's architectural and engineering heritage.
19 AugOn August 28, 2013 there will be 160 years from the birthday of the Great engineer, architect and scientist, academician Vladimir Grigorievich Shukhov (1853-1939). This day a round table in memoriam of V.G. Shukhov will be held at the Central House of Architect (Granatny pereulok, 7). The aim of the gathering is the search of ways to preserve the heritage and develop the ideas of the Great engineer.
15 AugIn 2014, as part of the Year of Russian culture in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Year of British culture in the Russian Federation, the 5-meter model of the famous Shukhov TV-radio tower will be put in permanent exposition at the Science Museum in London. The model will be made under order from the “Shukhov Tower” Foundation and will be granted to the Science Museum.
04 AugIn 2014, as part of the Year of Russian culture in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Year of British culture in the Russian Federation and celebration of the end of war with the army of Napoleon, the honorary monument to field marshal Barclay de Tolly, outstanding Russian military leader, hero of the wars with Napoleon, one of the most illustrious representatives of the earliest Scottish clan of Barclay, will be installed in the city of Aberdeen, Scotland in the historic part of the old city, on the territory of one of the oldest British universities — University of Aberdeen.
26 JulAnatoly Sedykh, Chairman of the board of the United Metallurgical Company (OMK in Russian acronym) held a field meting in the city of Vyksa, Nizhniy Novgorod region on the issues of preserving the objects of industrial-cultural heritage of Russia located on the territory of the Vyksa metallurgical works, which are part of the OMK. Such objects are the water tower and aisles of the sheet rolling workshop of the enterprise raised according to the projects of engineer Vladimir Shukhov at the end of XIX century.
30 MayOn May 30, 2013 Vladimir Shukhov, President of the “Shukhov Tower” Foundation together with a group of German and Austrian scientists visited the water tower in the city of Nikolaev, Ukraine which is the object of creative heritage of the outstanding scientist, engineer and architect Vladimir Grigorievich Shukhov.
The activities of the Shukhov Tower Foundation for the development of science, culture and art are aimed at the promotion of scientific and engineering achievements, the traditions of education, culture and art, at the realization of social projects and the preservation of heritage of the Great engineer, inventor and scientist Vladimir Grigorievich Shukhov .
The main fields of V.G. Shukhov's creative work were the invention and creation of the equipment for oil industry, the steel building structures and heat machines. V.G. Shukhov was the author and technical leader of the construction of the first oil pipelines in Russia, the inventor of the world's first industrial plant for oil cracking, world's first steel hyperboloid towers, lattice shells, hanging steel lattice overhead covers, tubular steam boilers, air lift, black oil burner. The full list of the Great engineer's developments takes dozens of pages. V.G. Shukhov was a many-sided person and his creative works were not confined just by technical achievements. He was keen on theatre, sport and art photography.
The heritage of the Great master is alive as long as it is used by the new generations. The theoretical and practical development of the oil hydraulics fundamentals and the construction of pipeline systems, stated in the works of V.G. Shukhov, is used until now during the construction of trunk oil pipelines. Today the development of modern technologies of gasoline production and of the plants for oil cracking has gone far ahead, but many elements first invented by V.G. Shukhov remain the basis of their structures. New hyperboloid towers were recently built in Japan, Czechia, Spain and Switzerland. The architect Ken Shuttleworth designed the three hundred meter hyperboloid skyscraper "VORTEX" that is to be built in London. Nowadays, the heritage of V.G. Shukhov in the construction of the unique hanging and lattice shells structures is developed by the architectural schools of Frei Otto and Norman Foster. These structures are widespread in the modern European and Japanese architecture.
The Foundation's ideology and values, its goals, tasks and program correspond with the ideology and many-sided activities of Vladimir Grigorievich Shukhov and with the topical problems of science, culture and art of our time.
The preservation and promotion of V.G. Shukhov's heritage, the initiatives for the preservation of Shukhov's structures in the regions of Russia and CIS, the cultural and socially significant projects in small towns of Russia and the creation of Shukhov center in Moscow may be considered among the Foundation's main current tasks.
The Shukhov Tower Foundation invites the interested parties for the mutually beneficial cooperation to realize joint projects.
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