Evert Verhagen, an urbanist: "The world is ruled by creative industries"
Evert Verhagen, the Dutch urbanist, gave a lecture in the ITMO University School of Urban Transformations on the 18th of February.
"There are too many new architectural projects in the world, most of which are not very successful," the Dutch urbanist says. "Why do people make them? For some reason we love to spend billions on building new buildings, that are used just once, and then become useless. The Olympic Games is a great example. Every time when building new stadiums and spending huge sums on the Olympic Villages, they say that the Olympics will leave behind a great legacy. And where is it? Who and how uses it?"
"The cities where it is impossible to get a good higher education usually do not develop. Young people prefer to leave such places because they simply have nothing to do there. The winners are the cities with good universities: they teach people, reveal their talents and inspire their creativity. Universities are the main suppliers of creative people who change the city. However, the attitude to the education must be rethought. In most countries, the education system, as well as the other government systems, is programmed to be linear and sewn on the patterns of industrial society. New times call for a more creative approach: we need to create places attractive for people, but not the ones that simply comply with the rules." Evert Verhagen says.
"You can say that it is easier to create a park in Amsterdam than in St. Petersburg. But believe me, the attitude towards transformations is the same everywhere. There is no money officials are corrupt, they do not want to change anything. But if you want to change something, then there will be a progress. You need to constantly convince people that you are right and entice them to your side." the urbanist summarizes.
"The choice of location was largely dictated by the theme of the lecture - Urban transformations. But now, when we met with the guys from UTS, we would like to continue our cooperation with the school, where the urbanism ideas are developing." Ksenia Piskunova, the coordinator of the museum, says.