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  • Do It Yourself: Citizen-Led City Planning

    Thanks to social media, people can easily discuss problems, organize events, and even influence the political decision-making process. Citizens don’t want to be silent anymore, as they start seeing their cities as platforms for communication, creative work, and business. Urbanist and popular blogger Timo Hämäläinen, whose blog ‘From Rurban to Urban’ was rated among the best in its category by The Guardian, talked about urban development in Finland during the Geography for Everyone summer school that took place at ITMO University.


  • Urban Scientist Steve Kuddins on "Overfencing" in St. Petersburg: Causes and Solutions

    City officials and representatives of the General Administration for Traffic Safety claim that placing fences improves road safety and protects the city's lawns. Still, the citizens of St. Petersburg are becoming more and more concerned with the "overfencing" problem. Do fences really decrease the number of traffic accidents? How can regular people influence the current situation? And why is involving the citizens the only way to solve this problem? Steve Kuddins, expert for ITMO's Institute of Design & Urban Studies, expanded on these questions during an open interview at the Campus Festival.


  • Campus Festival: How Studying Emotions Helps Urban Developers

    What are the rules and methods of creating the optimal urban environment? What is it that specialists from the Quality of Life laboratory do? And how can the citizens’ emotions help to develop new projects and urban development concepts? Aleksandra Nenko, head of the laboratory and Associate Professor at the Institute of Design & Urban Studies, expanded on the importance of art development and the collaboration of business and creative teams during an open interview at the Campus festival, while ITMO.NEWS put down the main ideas.


  • St. Petersburg 2103: Building the City of the Future

    The “St. Petersburg 2103” exhibition about the past, present  and  future of the city has recently started in the Manege Central Exhibition Hall. Why did Catherine II want to make the city smaller, while Alexander I wanted to extend it? What does modern St. Petersburg look like? And what will it look like in the future, for example, when it turns 400 years old? The exhibitions give you an opportunity to think about the development of the city and try your hand as a developer with the help of an interactive game designed by scientists from ITMO University.


  • Saddest Park and Happiest Street: Urban Scientists From ITMO Study St. Petersburg’s Emotions

    Imprecity is an interactive website about St. Petersburg’s parks, streets, squares, courtyards and other public spaces, created by experts from the Quality of Urban Life Lab at ITMO University’s Institute of Design & Urban Studies. The website is currently in testing phase, which everyone can join. You just need to point out the emotions that you feel in different locations of St. Petersburg and leave a comment. Imprecity’s experts compile emotion maps of the city and plan “emotional routes”. Users can find out which places make people happiest and which ones are the most depressing, as well as find out where to go to improve their mood.


  • SimCity IRL: How Citizens Help Urban Developers by Playing Board Games

    City dwellers often don’t have the chance to express their support or opposition to various urban development initiatives. And it’s not because there’s a lack of ways to do that, but that people may find it difficult to express their ideas. One way to solve this problem is to use a game-based approach, suggests Milena Ivkovic, an architect, game designer and head of Rotterdam-based company Blok74. She offers urban residents to play games as a way of showing the environment they’d like to inhabit in a simple, informal setting. Ms. Ivkovic explained her game-making process during a recent workshop at ITMO’s Institute of Design and Urban Science.


  • Climate Change: Future Challenges for Urban Scientists

    This end of February has become St. Petersburg’s coldest in the past several decades. According to Alexander Kolesov, Chief Meteorologist at the Northwest Center of the Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring, we last had such cold weather back in 1955. Europe experienced a drop in temperature as well; actually, the recent cyclone even got a nickname, the Beast from the East. So, what is happening to the climate, and how will these global changes affect St. Petersburg? During a lecture at the Institute of Design & Urban Studies, Artem Pavlovsky, climatologist and member of the State Research and Design Center of St. Petersburg Master Plan, talked about the reasons behind climate change, and its effect on the development of urban territories.


  • Academic Exchange in Brussels: Urban Science in the Heart of Europe

    The heart of Europe, the headquarters of the EU, dozens of museums and historic streets – this is Brussels as seen by tourists. But for an urbanist, this city, with all its sights, is still a place where many issues are yet to be solved. How do you set up new spaces in the old city, ensure pedestrian connectivity and make a city modern? Ekaterina Grekhnyova, a Master’s student at ITMO University, tackled these and other tasks during a semester spent at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She spoke to ITMO.NEWS about studying and living in Belgium.


  • Why Smart Cities Need Standardization: Experts Discuss

    Last week, ITMO University and Russian Venture Company held the Smart Cities Tech Standards conference dedicated to standards in the field of digital economics. This topic becomes all the more relevant due to the rapid development of such technologies as the Internet of Things, Big Data, smart manufacturing and smart cities. At the conference, leading experts from Great Britain, Canada, China, Japan, France, and Germany spoke about the rules that will regulate such standards in the nearest years.


  • Urbanist Dhiru Thadani: to Improve Cities, We Must Focus on People

    According to UN estimates, by 2050 the population of Earth will reach nine billion people. The rapid growth of urban population, climate change, depletion of fossil fuels, healthcare crises – these are just a few of the global issues that experts are trying to tackle. In the search for sustainable means of subsistence, city planning is becoming a bigger priority. But what should modern cities look like and how can ubranists prepare for the rapid changes in the environment? These are some of the issues that Dhiru Thadani, architect, urbanist and VP-Members of the International Society of City and Regional Planners, is working with. Recently, Mr. Thadani gave an open lecture at ITMO’s Institute of Design and Urban Studies. In an interview with ITMO.NEWS, Dhiru Thadani speaks about the similarities between St. Petersburg’s “grey belt” and USA’s brownfields, how new global challenges will affect the teaching process and what issues need to be prepared for even now.


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