New Holland in Sint-Petersburg
In the frame of the Russia and Netherlands year and the Orange days of the Summer Festival, New Holland will host the Architecture Summer Camp curated by Paul Meurs and with the collaboration of Vladimir Frolov and Project Baltia. The Summer Camp in New Holland offers the opportunity to 10 pre-graduate students to spend one week in St Petersburg and participate in the Architecture Summer Camp, focusing on the notion of heritage development and the case study of New Holland – the historical island in the heart of the city.
Dutch students can still sign up (see Additional Information, PDF).
The aim of the Summer Camp is to foster the debate around key issues in contemporary architecture and ask the participants to work on projects considering the redevelopment of the island, its identity and historical value but problematizing those aspects in the frame of its present situation and the temporary use of its space. Two tutors, one from the Dutch side and another form the Russian side, will accompany the students during the study week, enriching it with lectures and debates and inviting the students to exchange experiences and points of view and encouraging them to think of a project for the island.
The Architecture Summer Camp will culminate in the public presentation of the projects and will be open to a public debate that will close the week of study. The selected candidate will implement his / her architectural approach and will become acquainted with New Holland history and specificity. The camp’s interactive educational experiences include site visits in St Petersburg, a tour of its industrial buildings and constructivist architecture as well as of the historical city.
The Summer Camp will take place in New Holland - St Petersburg from July 4th to July 12th 2013.
> More info and application (PDF)
This project is organized with cooperation of Alma Ploeger of The Netherlands Architecture Institute, part of The New Institute.
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open Russia’s first exhibition on Dutch postwar architecture. Through
200 items from the collection of The New Institute in Rotterdam,
including photographs, drawings and models, Architecture the Dutch Way,
1945–2000 illustrates how the Netherlands reshaped itself after the
Second World War. Over the decades, the ideal of communality made way
for more diversity, reflecting society’s increasing individualisation.
Postwar Dutch architecture and city planning saw society as something
that could be engineered and sought to design for “the common man”. The
exhibition highlights these tendencies and reveals similarities and
differences between Dutch and Russian architecture.
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