1 October 2019
On 1 October 2019 took place, on the public space “New Holland” in St. Petersburg (Russia), a ceremony for the inauguration of the Jean-Paul-L’Allier Prize plaque. In this ceremony took part the Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg Nikolay Linchenko, the Secretary General of the Organization of World Heritage Cities Denis Ricard, the Chairman of the Committee for the State preservation of cultural monuments of St. Petersburg Sergey Makarov, the Deputy chairman of the Committee for the State preservation of cultural monuments of St. Petersburg Alexey Mikhailov and the Chief of the public space “New Holland” Yulia Kucherenko.
St. Petersburg presented a nomination including 5 industrial heritage sites which were under redevelopment into new modern public open spaces. Those sites are “New Holland”, “Planetarium No. 1”, “Sevcable Port”, “Petrovsky Arsenal” and “Tkachi”. In the past, these sites were used as factories and centers of industry, but today, they have been converted into unique heritage sites to which were given a second life as places for different kinds of social activities like festivals, exhibitions, lectures, musician concerts and many others. Most of them are restored, but the process of restoration is always in progress!
The work of the different teams leading these spaces is a great example of a careful attitude towards tangible and intangible heritage of the sites and progressive modern management.