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Archinfo in St. Petersburg: Values and tools in presenting architecture on 25 November

Values and tools in presenting architecture
Open discussion
25 November 2019, 3:00–5:30 pm
Hermitage Lecture Hall
St. Petersburg, Russia

The Finnish Institute in St. Petersburg and Archinfo Finland, in collaboration with the Youth Educational Centre of the State Hermitage Museum is organising an open discussion session on the challenges and future of presenting architecture. The discussion panel will be made up of six architecture and museum professionals working in Finland, Russia and internationally.

The event is part of a networking project by the Finnish Institute in St. Petersburg, together with four Finnish information centres in the field of the arts.

Architectural design has changed remarkably in recent years due to digitalisation and multinational design projects. However, in the context of exhibitions, architecture is traditionally presented through mounted drawings and the role of a curator is still finding its place in exhibition work. Our panel will discuss how the ways of presenting architecture, by various institutes as well as parties in the field of architecture, are changing or how they should be changed. How could we promote communication between professionals and the general public and between different countries?

The participants will discuss different ways and tools for presenting architecture and how they could be used to define and highlight the values of architecture.


Session 1: About changing museum contexts 
Marja Rautaharju | architect
Ksenia Malich | curator and historian of architecture

Session 2: About curating architecture 
Anni Vartola | architecture critic and scholar
Markus Lähteenmäki | curator and historian of art and architecture

Session 3: About alternative practices
Kaisa Karvinen | architect 
Vadim Kondrashev | architect 

Moderator of the discussions is producer Sini Parikka from Archinfo Finland. 

Partner of the discussion is Saint Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering (SPbGASU). Link to their English website here

The discussion will be held in English, with simultaneous translation into Russian.

Link to the event’s Facebook event is here.