Multisensory architecture


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.

“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.

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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.


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.



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