Here are the main points of Irina Irbitskaya's talk:
1. The majority of people – culture A bearers – have rather utilitarian pragmatics in their heads. A critical majority of developers, our clients, city officials, bankers, financial experts, economists, city planners, sociologists and engineers believe in the optionality of architecture as a form of art. And renovation is the direct proof of the conviction that architecture is a purely utilitarian thing, not art in any way.
2. I belong to culture A. I am one of those people who know that architecture is art, that it is not limited by utilitarian things; that architecture equal to utilitarian pragmatism is a typological shed – a temporary structure.
And I consider art to be the immanent feature of architecture.
3. Architecture is art that relies on high pragmatism. This refers not only to the nowadays pragmatics, but to the future one as well. That is when we do architectural design, we should understand what will be useful and pragmatic at least 50 years from now.
4. Planners and architects talk a lot about city problems. In reality, these are not city problems but urbanization mistakes. And the bigger the cities are, the more mistakes are made there. As a consequence, a trend is forming of people fleeing out of town. There are, undoubtedly, also economic reasons for this, as well as many others; however, declining economy is, among other things, also an urbanization mistake. It is crucial to realize that correct urbanization helps people get through economic crises easier.
5. Everywhere in the world, urban environment is just a city. In Russia, urban environment is understood as a purely physical space. Moreover, quite often, the perception of urban environment is reduced to urban design. A misconception occurs.