Galernaya Gavan Team
The main location of the Galernaya Harbour team was the eponymous water object. Galernaya Harbour is a small bay on the Western part of Vasilievsky island. The history of this place dates back to the beginning of the XVIII century and is closely connected to the history of urban planification of Saint Petersburg. However, not all local residents are aware of this fact. Thus, at the time of the start of the team, some of them did not realize that there was a large amount of water within walking distance from their home. Therefore, the team of Galernaya Harbour decided to focus on the development of the local community, involving residents in the joint process of exploring the territory.
Sea of Orange project
Sea of Orange is an architectural and artistic project implemented by the Waterfront project team together with partners from the Dutch architectural bureau Observatorium (Rotterdam). The project, aimed at integrating public art into public spaces, is based on the ideas of co-design and placemaking, so its main feature is cooperation with local residents, their involvement in the process of planning and creating an art object.
The Okhta team took up the study of the eponymous river, which flows in the North-East of St. Petersburg. One of the main problems was the availability of the Okhta coastline: the outline of its riverbed is hidden behind trees, bushes and thickets of hogweed, which significantly hinders free and safe access to water. As part of the research, the Okhta team analyzed various aspects of the urban planning situation in order to find out how to transform the abandoned space around the river into a comfortable and affordable recreation area for residents of the city and surrounding areas.
The Pryazhka team conducted their research in the historical center of Saint Petersburg. The object of their study was the Pryazhka river, which flows in the district of Kolomna. The peculiarity of this river is that it combines both urban and natural features. Unlike other rivers that flow in the center of the city, there are no stone retaining walls and parapets; people here fish, feed birds, walk dogs, sit on the grass, swim. However, the idyllic image of the river is hindered by the large number of abandoned and dilapidated buildings located around, which allows local residents to call the Pryazhka as an unsafe and even marginal place. Thus, the Pryazhka team tried to figure out who are the people who come to the river, what do they do here, how do they feel about it, and how do they imagine the future of the river coastline.
The South-West coast is a pristine coastline on an alluvium in the historical district of St. Petersburg, which locals often call "Yuzy". Along the newly laid Baltic Boulevard, a high earth mound and a wide stone ridge stretch, which offers views of the endless sky and the Gulf of Finland. The South-West team was engaged in the research of this territory.