How to work with the architecture of the Past
Location: Russia, Saint-Petersburg
Date: March 2019
Status: speaker

Workshop topic: Today, the architecture of big cities is often faced with redevelopment of industrial areas. Large enterprises are increasingly stationed on the periphery, and there are new multifunctional neighborhoods, art clusters, etc.

Yes, it is not necessary that a new plant appeared on the site of the former plant! Today technoparks and technopolises are much more in demand. And I think it is correct that in downtown the new public-residential quarters are born on the place of former factory.

In my opinion, the main task for architects in work with objects of the past is to preserve the spirit of the past.
Therefore, a special place for me in the methods of updating and resuming the environment is revitalization. It is the method of careful attitude to the object of redevelopment to preserve the spirit of the place and the memory of the past.

After all, to preserve the memory of the past does not mean to preserve in the center of the city 5 ha of abandoned territory with a non-functioning plant.
It can be a saved point object like museum or a saved building, which breathed new life with a new function. Finally, it can be a repetition of the surviving or newly recreated structural elements «from the past» (such as LCD "Gas tanks", King's Cross, London).
Our history is our wealth.
So the thing is to be able to convey the main thing to know and remember about a particular place, event or era.

Complex development of the territory has always been and will be a trend of urban development.
It is very important that future multi-functional building sit on a competently and logically built transport frame, so that in parallel with the development of residential function, the development of educational, health, physical education and sports facilities always goes on.
Finally, there should be an active development of the social and business function that contributes to the creation of new places of employment and, as a result, a polycentric system of the urban environment.

The requirements of modern residents have also increased significantly over the past decade; they dictate a certain level of quality of the urban environment. It must be adaptive, flexible. So, with the development of the territory, people, and therefore developers, expect to see not just a modern multifunctional building, but also new public and creative spaces.

Thanks to such spaces, the city becomes creative, and its inhabitants are actively involved in this creativity.
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