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The first meeting of partners in St. Petersburg, March 5-6th, 2013.
On 5-6th of March, 2013 the first meeting of partners in project «The City SAGA. Public spaces in transformation» was held in St. Petersburg. The aim of the project is to use the experience of Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and their associated territories) in order for experts and general public of St. Petersburg to take a fresh look at the organization of public spaces and to form new, creative and modern spaces that would be convenient for all city residents. During the meeting Henriette Vamberg, director and Head of Gehl Cities at Gehl Architects, presented Jan Gehl’s approach to planning of urban space and urban development. The main principle of Jan Gehl’s methodology is the principle “cities for people”, when planning public spaces is done according to the rule “first – life, then space, and only after that – buildings”. Jan Gehl’s projects have been successfully implemented in New York, London, Melbourne, Sydney and other cities. Nordic countries are world leaders in transforming public spaces in cities and creating a friendly urban environment for citizens. That is why experts from St. Petersburg (architects, sociologists, urban planners and other professionals) who are involved in «The City SAGA. Public spaces in transformation» project will be very interested in learning about the experience of «Gehl Architects» and other experts from Nordic countries. They will re-think this experience in accordance with local cultural and historical context and through cooperation with local authorities and general public will form proposals for the kind of public spaces that would be comfortable for all citizens. There were two representatives of Leontief centre at the meeting: Elena Belova, Academic Secretary and Leonid Limonov, Director-Coordinator for Research Programme. Elena Belova presented the first component of the project which is focused on transferring experience and knowledge of Nordic countries to local municipal authorities and ensuring their active involvement in the project.