PROJECT BALTIA is a professional journal covering architecture, urban planning, and design in North-West Russia, Finland, and the Baltic states. The journal is published in St Petersburg.


PROJECT BALTIA is an international and regional publication. The editors select the best works by architects and designers, as well as texts by the most influential architecture critics from the five countries of the Baltic region, ensuring that the quality of material published is consistently high. Our regional focus makes it possible to avoid both the narrowness of coverage that is characteristic of local media and the repetition of projects and names that is often found in the global press.

It is clear that in the modern world state borders are by no means always more important than the economic, cultural, and climatic links between countries. Architecture is a form of activity in which politics is only one of a number of factors. For this reason, exchange of knowledge and experience within a region is one of the most important instruments for attaining success in a particular profession.

Editorial policy

PROJECT BALTIA offers its audience orientation in theoretical as well as practical matters. In addition to high-quality visual material that can provide valuable support during design work, we also publish theoretical concepts, ideas, and opinions to help professionals understand the latest tendencies in architecture and design and comprehend where these tendencies have sprung from. With contributions by some of the best architecture critics and theorists in Europe and Russia, PROJECT BALTIA is able to inform, educate, and provide high-quality critiques at the same time.

More than just a journal

PROJECT BALTIA plays an active role in the public life of the region, organizing regular exhibitions, seminars, and lectures on architecture and design. These events are held in St Petersburg, other Russian cities, and in cities in Finland and the Baltic states.


In spite of the close cultural and economic links that exist between its member countries, the Baltic region has had no proper regional publication until now. Economic and cultural relations are developing rapidly in the region, but in a way that is frequently chaotic, inefficient, and insufficiently thought out. PROJECT BALTIA sets out to optimize flows of information in the Baltic region and, in the final analysis, to improve the quality of architecture and design projects.

The fact that the initiative for setting up PROJECT BALTIA came from St Petersburg is no accident, given that St Petersburg is the largest megalopolis in the Baltic region. The editors are especially interested in keeping track of how Russia’s ‘Northern Venice’ is being transformed and modernized; this allows them to play an active part in improving the city’s architectural culture.

PROJECT BALTIA was founded in 2007 by architecture critic Vladimir Frolov and Dutch architect Bart Goldhoorn, publisher of PROJECT RUSSIA and PROJECT INTERNATIONAL, two leading titles on architecture in Russia.

At a conference, taking place in Tallinn on April 21-22, architecture’s turn to nature and data will be explored from political and historical perspectives. Keynote speakers are Matthew Gandy and Douglas Spencer from the UK. The conference is organised by the
Faculty of Architecture, Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonia in cooperation with the Department of Geography, Cambridge University, UK. The event is open to the public.

The only foreigner to take part in the series of architecture talks entitled ‘Genius loci’ (organized by Project Baltia and the ‘Novaya Gollandiya: cultural urbanization’ project) was the Finnish theoretician Juhani Pallasmaa. Russian readers know Pallasmaa from his book ‘The thinking hand. Existential and embodied wisdom in architecture’, which is now a bibliographical rarity. Here Marina Nikiforova talks to Finland’s principal architect-thinker.