The lecture cycle Rethinking Heritage. The Netherlands Experience will conclude with a discussion featuring The Netherlands Government Architect, Floris Alkemade, and founder of the MEGANOM architectural bureau, Yuri Grigoryan—dedicated to urban development and preservation of cultural heritage, as well as the role of the main state architect today.
The speakers will discuss the architectural community and the state’s potential to impact the development of urban environment, and the instruments at their disposal. They will analyze some positive and negative examples of urban environment management by the state; the interaction between the state and private businesses; and the role urban communities play in the realization of projects devoted to the preservation of cultural heritage.
The audience will learn what it means to be the main Government Architect of the The Netherlands, what duties he fulfils and whose interests he represents. They will also have the chance to compare the Russian and Dutch experience in the field of cultural preservation and discuss how foreign experience can be integrated into the Russian context.