During April 4-10, student teams will be working on improvements for the city’s lighting system at the architectural forum Arkh.Pro.Svet in Polotsk. The forum will be held as part of PubLiCity project funded by the European Union and that aims to modernize the street lighting in Polotsk. Interakcia Foundation and Polotsk government are implementing the project.
Students participating in the forum Arkh.Pro.Svet will have the opportunity to develop and present their visions how the lighting of the most ancient Belarusian city may look like: of its sights, streets, and other urban spaces. One important condition: in addition to being innovative, students’ projects must demonstrate energy efficient approaches.
Before submitting their works, the students will work with well-known and experienced professionals: architects, designers, social scientists, and experts in urbanism. Among them: Ivan Kravtsov, Art Director of the Architectural Bureau 35, Tatyana Sinitsina, lighting designer and lecturer at Belarusian National Technical University, Anna Poznyak, social scientist and graduate of Moscow’s Strelka Institute.
The forum welcomes applications from students studying at design and architecture faculties and programs. Prospective participants need to submit an electronic application that will serve as the major selection criterion. Detailed program of the forum
The forum Arkh.Pro.Svet has been organized within the framework of PubLiCuty project; its final aim is to make Polotsk’s lighting more up-to-date and less energy costly. Thanks to the project, new energy efficient lamps will be installed along the city’s major streets and avenues, while Polotsk’s monuments and historical buildings will be also lighted in new ways. The project started last year and will end before 2019.
The most interesting and realistic students’ projects may inform certain activities of PubLiCity project or even become part of Polotsk’s Lighting Development Strategy until 2030, which is also being developed thanks to the project. Furthermore, some students’ works are expected to be presented at Energy Days in Polotsk, which will be held within the framework of the auspices of the EU Sustainable Energy Week promoting energy efficiency in modern day cities.
The forum is organized by Polotsk District Executive Committee, Belrusian Association of Architecture Students, Interakcia Foundation.