On 5-16 July 2021, St. Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering (SPbGASU, Russia) in collaboration with Hokkaido University Graduate School of Engineering organized the Summer School “Architecture of Eco-Tourism Complexes in the Arctic: Opening “Terra Incognita”” (incorporated in the HU RJE3 Program as the basic subject “Design School of Japan and Russia”).
Participants from SPbGASU, HU and Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture were offered an intensive program comprising lectures, discussions, workshops and project work under the guidance of the summer school curators.
The first 2 days included several lectures and virtual tours allowed the participants to see unique objects of nature, architecture and other tourist attractions of the Arctic.
The first three lectures were offered by Hokkaido University researchers. Norihiro Watanabe provided a historical outline of architecture in the Arctic, its potential and features of building design in this specific climate and shared his experience in information modeling of snow flows in the City of Sapporo. Takafumi Fukuyama introduced a new trend in tourism – “snow and ice” tourism, telling students how harsh winter may be turned into a tourism brand. Taro Mori delivered a lecture on thermal inspection of buildings in a cold climate zone.
The three other lectures were given by SPbGASU teachers. Fedor Perov shared his many years of experience working with the Arctic Architecture at LenZNIIEP, and spoke about the current Arctic-related projects. Igor Ivanov presented a project of a cultural center for the City of Vorkuta, carried out in his workshop by Daria Vabishchevich, a graduate of the Master’s program in 2021. Aleksandra Eremeeva, Associate Professor of Department of Architectural Environment and Landscape Design, coordinator of the international summer school, spoke about the architecture of ecotourism complexes. The development of such complexes was assigned as the task at the workshop.
After completing the theoretical part, the students worked in teams and developed a design project for a tourist complex in the Russian Arctic. During the workshops, they were receiving advice from their curators. The results were presented on the final day of the school.
You can read more about this summer school on the websites of SPbGASU:
How to develop eco-tourism in the Russian Arctic: discover the online summer school results at SPbGASU
and RJE3 Program: