Strategies of preserving the old and creating the new in the urban space: cases of the Baltic region countries

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Loft Project ETAGI, Formula Gallery, Ligovsky pr, 74
03.10.2013 - 18:36
In the framework of the seminar on the development of the urban environment in the Baltic Sea region, representatives of the leading cultural institutions and city planning agencies in Stockholm, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Riga, Vilnius and Gdansk will talk about their experiences of interdisciplinary projects that have led to the development of various urban areas, from the historic center to the suburbs.
The participants of the seminar will raise a number of important issues relevant to any big city with a complex history. We will discuss such topics as combination of historical city centers and contemporary suburbs, revitalization of urban spaces using creative practices (public and street art,  the importance of public spaces for any city, citizen participation in the projects of urban development , cultural mapping and post-Soviet architectural heritage common to Russia and the Baltic countries.
The seminar will be offer specific examples of various urban projects implemented in Russia, Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, which could become a successful model for the development of the historic center and the newer areas in St. Petersburg.

The seminar will be held in the framework of the international project run by the the Center of Contemporary Art and Urbanism Fargfabriken on urbanism “New Urban Topologies’, which aims to offer a range of solutions to urban development from cultural, commercial and social perspectives. The project has already been implemented in Alexandria (Egypt), Chisinau (Moldova), Mostra (Bosnia and Herzegovina). In 2013-2014, the project will be developed in the Baltic region.

Creative Association of Curators TOK implements projects in public places of St. Petersburg since 2011,  and acts as  a regional partner of the New Urban Topologies Baltic Dimension  and organizes  the project events in St. Petersburg.




Jan Nordlander, Senior Advisor, Färgfabriken Center for Contemporary Art and Urbanism, Stockhom, Sweden. Moderator of the discussion


12.10 – 12.50

Niklas Svensson, Vice Director, Stockholm City Planning Office

Stockholm, Sweden

Challenges for a growing Stockholm


12.50 – 13.10

Krasimir Vransky, leader of the urban activist movement "The Beautiful Petersburg", St Petersburg, Russia




Elena Minchenok, Activist, Living Cities, St Petersburg, Russia

Protection of historical and cultural heritage of St. Petersburg in contemporary social and economic realities


13.30 – 13.50

Marina Khrustaleva,  Urbanist, Program Coordinator, Moscow Urban Forum, Moscow, Russia

10 years of dialogue: public discussion about preservation of cultural heritage and urban development. The  experience of Moscow


14.00 -14.30

Coffee break


14.30 -14.50

Maria Veits, Co-founder, Curator, Creative Association of Curators TOK, St Petersburg, Russia

Projects of public art in St Petersburg: contemporary art practices in dormitory city districts


14.50 - 15.10

Inga Lāce, Curator, Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Riga, Latvia

Survival Kit and how we inhabit/occupy new parts of the city


15.10 -15.30

Egor Korobeynikov, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of UrbanUrban,

Moscow, Russia

Participatory design: an experience of engaging local community to courtyard design


15.30 – 15.50

Agnieszka Cichocka, Program Manager, Baltic Sea Cultural Centre, Gdansk, Poland

Uncover the (un)known city


15.50 – 16.10

Jekaterina Lavrinec, Curator, Founder of, Villnus, Lithuania

Arranging places for sharing: street mosaic case


16.10 – 17.00