Creative Industry and Urban Science: Renovation and Future of Russian Cities

The section “Creative Industry and Urban Science” at the VI St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum will become a venue for discussing the most critical issues faced by the architectural community of Russia and the world as well as presenting the most brilliant projects of two capital cities from the recent past. The section will be headed by Principal architect of Moscow Sergey Kuznetsov for the second year in a row.  

On 16 November the section program will be opened by the plenary session “Architecture for the Masses: Overcoming Stereotypes”. Creating the attractive and interesting environment and architecture outside the historical centers of cities is a topical issue not only for Russia. Architects from a lot of countries have been trying to solve this issue. That is why this session is going to present the widest geography of participants: Sergey Kuznetsov, Principal architect of Moscow, Pedro Alonso, architect (Chile), Curator of the Chilean Pavilion at 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture awarded Silver Lion for the display devoted to mass house construction, Markus Appenzeller, architect (Netherlands), partner of MLA+, Fadi Jabri, partner, Principal responsible for Russia and CIS at Nikken Sekkei LTD (Japan) as well as architects from St. Petersburg: Vladimir Grigoryev, Principal architect of the city, and Evgeniy Gerasimov, founder of the architectural studio “Evgeniy Gerasimov and partners”.  

The topic of mass architecture will be logically continued by the presentation of projects that won the contest of renovating the housing stock of Moscow at 5 testing sites. The presentation is also going to take place on the first day of the Forum.   

Mass culture and recreation is going to be the topic of the second day within which the participants will discuss the largest projects of recreation areas in Moscow and St. Petersburg: Zaryadye, Luzhniki, New Holland. How to integrate new projects into the existing town environment? How does the architecture of new social areas influence the development of town communities? How to create the space that will be interesting for all town citizens? How are the city spaces of Moscow and St. Petersburg peculiar? Is it possible to pass on the experience of two capital cities to other cities of Russia? These questions as well as many others will be answered by session participants – Sergey Kuznetsov, Principal architect of Moscow, Adriaan Geuze, architect of West 8 agency (Netherlands), author of New Holland in St.Petersburg, Mikhail Shvydkoy, special representative of President of the Russian Federation for international cultural cooperation, Nataliya Fishman, assistant to President of Tatarstan, Elena Gonzales, architectural critic, Curator of ArchMoskva and others. After the session the visitors will see the presentation of the newly opened Zaryadye Park – history, peculiarities of the project, difficulties faced.

The final day of the Forum will be devoted to the topic “Contemporary architecture: victories and deficiencies. Outside perspective”. Architects, developers, artists are going to discuss the development prospects of Russian cities. The session speakers include: Oleg Shapiro and Dmitry Likin, partners of WowHouse agency, Pavel Kaplevich, artist and producer of theater and cinema, Christos Passas, Associated Director of Zaha Hadid Architects (Great Britain), Sergey Choban, Head of SPEECH architectural bureau. Also, on the final day of the Forum there will be held the presentation of Sergey Choban` s book “30:70. Architecture as a Balance of Forces”.

“The program of our section is made in such a way that at one venue we could be able to discuss the most global trends and the largest projects of not only Moscow and St. Petersburg but also Russia on the whole”, noted Sergey Kuznetsov. “It is very important for us to be able to discuss the potential trends of the development of architecture and the existing trends at the high expert level which is certainly going to be presented at our section “Creative Industry and Urban Science” at the VI St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum”.

The participation in the section “Creative Industry and Urban Science” is free with the compulsory registration on our website. The registration lasts until 20 October 2017.