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Project Baltia magazine lectures: Konstantin Semenov — Iconic Ensembles

10/05/2021
7:30–9 pm Pavilion

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October 5, 7:30 pm

Konstantin Semenov is an architect, senior lecturer at the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts.

Free admission. Places are limited. Please keep a safe distance, wear a mask for the duration of the lecture, and stay home if you feel sick.

Please, register in advance (link in Russian). 18+


Lectures on Architecture

Project Baltia magazine

Curator: Vladimir Frolov, architectural critic, editor-in-chief of Project Baltia magazine 

The fourth year of the lecture series is dedicated to personalities: first of all, to the creators of buildings and ensembles, but not just them. Traditionally, the common theme set by curator Vladimir Frolov will be refracted in its own way at every meeting. Lecturers will discuss the great architects and engineers of the past, give an opportunity to speak to those who design and build works of architecture today, talk about the all-powerful figure of the client and the role of tradesmen — masons, carvers, programmers, as well as look at the profiles of house residents from different eras.

The subject of heroism will have a special place in the series of lectures. Should those who created the most monumental structures be called the true heroes of architecture? Or the real leaders of the profession are those working on the most outstanding examples from the creative point of view? Is there a place for heroism in today's time where any kind of heroism seems to be alien? Or maybe modern heroes are the ones who preserve existing buildings rather than design new ones?

The lectures will highlight and discuss a variety of aspects of heroism and the heroic in architecture: the phenomenon of “celebrity architecture”of the 1990s and 2000s and the reasons for its decline, the Nietzsche-like character of the architects of totalitarian regimes, the public as the key participant in heroic construction works in the USSR of the 1960s, and, of course, the heroes of the city on the Neva — architects, critics, artists of architecture: from Peter the Great’s Baroque to meta-modernism and super-eclecticism of our day.

 
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