Business programme

Urban Heritage: Rebuilding Architectural Dominants

18 Jun , 14:00–15:15
The Russian Economy: New Objectives and Horizons

Architectural heritage is spiritual, cultural, economic, and social capital of irreplaceable value. When world's cultural values are damaged or destroyed the loss is irreplaceable and irreversible. Any loss of architectural heritage affects all aspects of life for present and future generations: it leads to spiritual destitution, rupture of historical memory, and impoverishment of the world society as a whole. Civilizations are built upon preservation of existing cultural values and reconstruction of the lost ones. Is it expedient to recreate lost cultural objects in today's conditions? How can the world's experience of restoration be applied in St. Petersburg? Is the reconstruction of lost architectural masterpieces an investment in the development of business and tourism in the region? How does the reconstruction of buildings influence the transformation of the historical and architectural environment and the formation of the cultural capital of the country? What restrictions are imposed by the legal regulation of the restoration of cultural heritage sites in St. Petersburg? Could the restoration of the Bell Tower of the Smolny Cathedral ensemble (designed by Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli) in St. Petersburg become one of the brightest examples of such expedient and urgent projects under the current conditions?