SAGA about the city. Transforming communal areas in Saint Petersburg

logo_saga_kvadrat[1]This project strives to use the experience of Nordic countries to look anew at organizing Saint Petersburg’s communal spaces, and model new, creative and modern spaces that are comfortable and attractive to residents. This project’s uniqueness arises from the way in which it unites Russian and international experience with professional approaches and perspectives.

The project also in its framework mapped out a study of the urban environment and social life, keeping in mind future communal space projects in Saint Petersburg, created a blueprint for cross-disciplinary educational programs related to modern urban space projects, planned work with libraries as communal spaces, and scheduled trips for participants to Nordic countries for experience exchange.

Key partners of this project include: Gehl Architects (, The Saint Petersburg Municipal Council (, the Leontief Centre (, the Center for Independent Social Research (CISR), and the Nordic Council of Ministers in Saint Petersburg (

Additional project participants include: the Open Urban Laboratory, the Helsinki city library (Finland), the Tornby Library (Denmark), the liberal arts faculty at the Saint PetersburgStateUniversity, the Free Space U:lab, Urbanica, the Saint Petersburg Research and Design Institute of Urban Planning, Damm & Landl, Make it.

Financing: the Nordic Council of Ministers in Saint Petersburg


Rebuilding the post-socialist cities

Publication for project result