The Primorsky District of St. Petersburg is one of the fastest growing districts of the Northern Capital. It is inhabited by more than half a million people. Permanent construction is increasing the area of residential neighborhoods and business quarters. The longest bridge in the city, the Yacht Bridge leading to Krestovsky Island, is also situated here. The pedestrian part of the bridge is aimed at becoming a full fledged urban public space: separate pavement for walkers, a bicycle track, and two sightseeing platforms are planned. But despite this, part of the district is still occupied by wastelands, and its residential areas still lack greenery. The Park of the 300th Anniversary of St. Petersburg, with its kilometer-long beach, is a point of attraction for many citizens and tourists, but there are still no comfortable public spaces there.
Architect and researcher Kuba Snopek’s workshop will deal with problem zones with the help of collective design methods and try to connect different unrelated spaces in one district. Collective design involves creating architecture projects based on the opinions and wishes of the future users of the space. This approach allows us to concentrate on real problems and to resolve conflicts at an early stage.
Participation in this workshop will be valuable for architects, urbanists, sociologists, designers, journalists, and culture programs curators. Together, they will come up with ways to connect the coast line with the pedestrian and bicycle Yacht Bridge, the Park of the 300th Anniversary of St. Petersburg, and the future Lakhta Center, and will present their renovation project to a panel of expert judges.
During the three-day workshop participants will:
- Interview local residents of the district,
- Research the space,
- Gather information and data about problem zones,
- Learn ways to improve the waterfront area.
Kuba Snopek is a Polish architect and researcher, an alumnus of Strelka Institute’s first year (2011), a teacher, and a curator of the Institute’s postgraduate program (2012-2015). Snopek has worked on architectural and research projects in Poland, Russia, and Denmark, and collaborated with Rem Koolhaas, Bjarke Ingels, and Justin McGuirk. He has studied typical Soviet architecture, post-communist cities, and has written a book about why the Moscow micro-district Belyaevo should be on the UNESCO heritage list. The Belyaevo Forever book will be published in the Russian, Polish, and English languages.
Applications for participation in the workshop will be accepted until the September 26. Please indicate your profession in the application form when registering for the workshop, add a link to your portfolio and projects (if any), and write why you are interested in participating in this workshop. The Institute producer will get in touch with each candidate before September 29 for confirming their participation. For questions, write to firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate 'Kuba Snopek Workshop' in the subject line.
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