State officials, experts, investors and developers have discussed the role of culture in modern city development at the “Culture as a city development driver” plenary session of the V St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum.
Chief architect of Moscow, head of the “Creative Industry and Urban Studies” section Sergey Kuznetsovpointed to one of the main challenges of modern city development: “The proportion of urban population is constantly growing in relation to the village population. Perhaps, in future all people will live in cities”. He emphasized that issues of urban studies should be inherently connected with problems of culture as the environment of every contemporary man.
The moderator of the discussion Mikhail Shvydkoi highlighted, that the concentration of cultural objects in the centre, which cannot withstand the flow of visitor from other regions of the city, is a real problem of growing megalopolises. He reminded that long ago Aristotle thought of the ideal polis, which would satisfy all needs of a citizen, including spiritual needs. Since then the humanity still hasn’t reached the desired ideal.
Zelfira Tregulova, the general director of the State Tretyakov gallery, went from stating the problem to possible solutions. She told about successful projects of the museum in terms of going into the city space. According to Tregulova, the interest of citizens to cultural problems will keep growing. “After 10 years of the digital epoch, during times of crises people started turning to art to find solutions to their spiritual problems”, - said the director of the Tretyakov gallery.