October 29th – October 1st: Project Baltia and the Nordic consulates general and institutes of culture for the first time held ‘Architecture Days’ in St Petersburg as part of the Nordic Weeks Festival. The theme chosen was ‘Architecture and landscape’, and the event was supported by the Russian Guild of Property Managers and Developers.
The busy programme for Architecture Days included an exhibition of projects by leading Scandinavian architecture firms, a panel discussion, lectures by architects, and a visit to Alvar Aalto’s library in Vyborg, where a talk was given by architecture historian Petri Neuvonen.
Participants invited to these events included architects from Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Iceland. The programme opened with a panel discussion entitled ‘Urban landscape today: identity, climate, economics’, held on September 29th at the Consulate General of Finland.
Participants in the discussion were: Ville Hara (Avanto Architects, Finland), Mikkel Frost (CEBRA, Denmark), Johan Paju (FOJAB arkitekter, Sweden), Sigrídur Sigþorsdottir (BASALT Architects, Iceland), Oystein Ro (Transborder Studio, Norway), Vladimir Grigoriev (Chief Architect of St Petersburg), Mikhail Mamoshin (architect), Natalya Trunova (General Director, OOO Institut Lengiprogor), Artem Pavlovsky (head of the Department of Ecological Urban Development at NIPTs Generalnogo plana SPb), and Vladimir Frolov (Editor-in-Chief, Project Baltia).
Presenting the participants in the discussion, Vladimir Frolov started by noting that the urbanization process is leading to natural landscape today becoming increasingly less accessible to human beings; he then asked the participants to talk about how this distance is overcome in their projects.
The themes of landscape and identity were continued in talks given by architects from Nordic countries. The talks took place on September 29th and 30th at the New Stage of the Aleksandrinsky Theatre. Ville Hara (Avanto Archtiects), Johan Paju (FOJAB arkitekter), and Sigrídur Sigþorsdottir (BASALT Architects) discussed how architecture and nature come together in their projects, while Oystein Ro (Transborder Studio) and Mikkel Frost (CEBRA) showed how architecture is shaping a new urban landscape.
The closing day of the festival was devoted to Vyborg, a city with a complex history and identity. At the library designed by Alvar Aalto architecture historian Petri Neuvonen gave a talk on the social and cultural history of Esplanada Park, which forms Vyborg’s central axis.
For more on this event, see: http://projectbaltia.com/news-ru/10872
This project was financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers.
Photos: Alisa Gil