GASU Invades LETI and Measures it
On April 9 more than 100 students from St. Petersburg University of Architecture and Civil Engineering (GASU) visited the LETI campus. They came to see the sites of the International Contest "LETI: Future Academic Spaces."
Young architects and their professors had a tour of LETI public places, for which they will propose new development concepts within the Contest. They came well-armed with laser rulers, which they used in a very efficient way.
The big delegation was hosted by the Student Council of ETU "LETI."
"In my opinion, the idea of involving the Student Council in the tour was very successful – it made it easier to communicate with the guests. They were interested in what we would like to change in terms of architecture and interior design of the buildings, and I was able to answer their questions from a student's perspective. I hope that in their projects, they will manage to preserve the LETI spirit and something modern and comfortable to its environment."
Within the Contest, participants will propose projects to renovate LETI's entrance space, including the stele with the university's logo and the ‘information cube’ of the LETI campus.
The second site – the inner yard of Building D, where landscaping and the monument to academician Valentin Vologdin are foreseen.
The Forum location foresees new spaces for recreation and public events, with the façade of a planned academic building to make its border.
Contestants will also propose new design solutions for LETI’s multifunctional spaces for meetings, presentations, self-study, relaxation, and informal communication in the lobby and lounge areas of Building 5.
"I am amazed that the city has a university with such a rich history. LETI features architectural styles from different periods, including pre-revolutionary buildings and Soviet modernism. At the moment, I am doing a pre-project analysis, studying the history of the university. It is necessary to get a well-developed project with an interesting idea."
According to Narek Davtyan, a student at SPbGASU, visiting a site is one of the crucial stages: "Architects and designers must see the space, for which a project is developed, because often the context can change the original concept dramatically."
"I set myself the task of developing a modern solution for LETI that both students and professors would enjoy. I had the idea even before I visited the university. After seeing the locations, I have full understanding of what needs to be done."
Projects to develop the university's signature locations will be accepted until May 25. After that the Jury will select best projects for the exhibition in LETI public places. Final results of the contest will be announced in September 2021. The Jury includes leading international and Russian experts in architecture and design, and also the ‘clients’ - LETI administration and Student council.
Contest "LETI: The Academic Environment of the Future" is held by ETU "LETI" and SPbGASU with the support of the Consulate General of the Netherlands in St. Petersburg, the Russian Guild of Property Managers and Developers, the St. Petersburg branch of the Union of Architects of Russia, Association of Architecture Workshops, St. Petersburg Academy of Arts, the Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg State University of Industrial Technologies and Design, Saint Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design and architectural bureaus of the city.