“I’m simply an artist who makes large things.” Interview with Nikolay Polissky


On May 15th Nikolay Polissky, Russia’s best-known land-art artist, gave a lecture entitled ‘Art Kolkhoz’ in the Pavilion at Novaya Gollandiya, as part of the Genius Loci series of talks organized by Project Batlia and the ‘Novaya Gollandiya: cultural urbanization’ project. Marina Nikiforova talked to Nikolay Polissky about the nature of art and his work with the farmworkers in the village of Nikola-Lenivets.

The aesthetic of conflict. Interview with Martin Rein-Cano


One of the foreign members of the jury for the Dolina Park competition, held by Project Baltia and Glavstroy-SPb, was the landscape architect Martin Rein-Cano, co-founder of Berlin firm TOPOTEK 1. Marina Nikiforova talked to Rein-Cano after the open lecture he gave at the New Stage of the Aleksandrinsky Theatre on February 15th, 2018.

“I don’t like cities”. Interview with Marco Casagrande

St. Petersburg | 29.08.2017

On August 29th, as part of the ‘Space, Time, Architecture’ series, organized by Project Baltia and the ‘Novaya Gollandiya: Cultural Urbanization’ project, Finnish architect Marco Casagrande read a lecture entitled ‘Third-generation City’. On the following day he curated the 6th Diogenes’ Clausura. And while the participants of Clausura worked on their project, Project Baltia spoke to Marco about the benefits and harm caused by architecture in our time.

Architecture for cyclopes. Interview with Maurice Nio

Saint-Petersburg

The programme for November 30th, the last day of the exhibition for Platforma, the competition organized by Project Baltia, LSR Group, and the New Stage of the Aleksandrinsky Theatre, featured lectures by members of the competition jury. The speakers were architects Jeroen Schipper (Rotterdam), Kimmo Lintula (Helsinki), Ruben Arkelyan (Moscow), and Maurice Nio (Rotterdam). Project Baltia’s correspondent managed to talk to Maurice Nio, an architect who is often called architecture’s artist and poet.

“I believe in this atmosphere”. Interview with Patrick Meijers, Jeroen Schipper, and Mariya Pidodnia

Saint Petersburg | 22.01.2016

In December 2015 the results of the international competition to draw up an architectural and urban-planning concept for the development of the reclaimed land on Vasilievsky Island were announced. The client for the competition was Glorax Development. After the results were announced on December 15th, Project Baltia talked to representatives of the Dutch consortium KCAP + ORANGE, the joint winner with A. Len of St Petersburg. We began by talking to Patrick Meijers and Jeroen Schipper of ORANGE; later, we were joined by Mariya Pidodnia from KCAP.

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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.


On May 15th Nikolay Polissky, Russia’s best-known land-art artist, gave a lecture entitled ‘Art Kolkhoz’ in the Pavilion at Novaya Gollandiya, as part of the Genius Loci series of talks organized by Project Batlia and the ‘Novaya Gollandiya: cultural urbanization’ project. Marina Nikiforova talked to Nikolay Polissky about the nature of art and his work with the farmworkers in the village of Nikola-Lenivets.



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