The demolition project of the historical center of St. Petersburg will be considered at the panel discussion “Destruction must not be preserved” within the framework of the VIII St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum on November 14.
VII St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum, 2018 Photo: culturalforum.tassphoto.com
The expert community will vote for or against the demolition and prepare a resolution proposing the preservation of cultural heritage sites. The project for discussion was presented by the chairman of the Russian branch of the International working group on documentation and conservation of buildings, places of interest and urban development objects (Docomomo) Vladimir Shukhov.
The panel discussion will discuss whether it is possible to preserve cultural heritage without stopping the development of cities. According to Vladimir Shukhov, the situation with monuments and historical buildings in St. Petersburg has reached an impasse: the state does not have the opportunity to finance work to preserve the cultural heritage, and business representatives do not accept the rules of the game. According to him, a similar situation is typical not only for St. Petersburg, but also for other historical cities that have the status of UNESCO protection sites. Among them are Vienna, Prague, Paris, Rome and others.
The polar point of view will be presented by the Chairman of the Committee for State Control, Use and Protection of Monuments of History and Culture of the Administration of St. Petersburg Sergey Makarov. He considers Petersburg a city of the future, and in the form in which it exists today. However, he advocates a change in legislation that today does not allow attracting investors and complicates the reconstruction of multi-apartment monuments with many owners.
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