The project, initiated jointly with the Danish Cultural Institute in 2017 and supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers, is developing. Let me remind you that our focus is on the use of urban embankments and the transformation of coastal areas into vibrant and comfortable public spaces.
Coastal areas of the city are in the public domain. They are usually managed and supported by local authorities with or without the involvement of local residents. One of the goals of the project is to involve local communities in the process of arranging waterfront. And in the second stage we decided to go further and involve like-minded people interested in cooperation in our story and announced the Open call.
We opened the second stage of the traditionally debating platform – 5-6th of October was arranged the forum , with the participation of the chief architect of St. Petersburg , officials, representatives of administrative areas of the city, activists, urbanists and architects from St. Petersburg and the Nordic countries.
And since October 20th, we announced an Open call ,details and profile are presented on the website. We accept applications until November 20, then we process all applications and sum up the results on December 10. We will have a long list with about thirty participants, it will depend on the number of people who have applied, and on their professional competencies. The team, formed from participants of the longlist, will work on practical cases and develop project ideas for several specific spaces in St. Petersburg. Once a month we will meet with teams, do project sessions together with invited experts. At the end of March we will summarize the work in teams and April-May we will finalize the project proposals before their practical implementation and implementation. In the summer, we will implement prototypes and models of projects in urban spaces and in the fall we will summarize the entire project.
So we want to “go out into the city” and work on practical solutions (design, content, and so on) for several open spaces. The participating teams formed according to the results of the competition will have the opportunity to develop several development models / concepts for these spaces and test them in reality. A team of experts will assist in the development of ideas.
In addition, we began to develop “online pontoon” (the term gave us Marie Birgitte Tetzlaff) – a web site for the exchange of information about projects related to the development of coastal areas.