On June 14, in the frameworks of the meeting of Skolkovo Committee for development of an innovative environment, Skolkovo Foundation and RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) conducted a round table “Cultural Center as Territory Development Driver”.
During the meeting Foundation experts and invited developers discussed the concept of Skolkovo social and cultural policy and the vision of the Cultural Center that would be interesting for residents as well as guests and neighbours of Skolkovo.
Quality of life on the territory is defined in the first place by availability of a friendly community which originates as a result of many social connections between its members. A Cultural Center can be one of the generators of these connections, thus it must be seen as an important element of the territory's development. In case of Skolkovo, the planned Cultural Center is a part of the mechanism for innovation production, i.e. not so much a place for relaxation and consumption, but rather for work, education, an communication. It is integrated in a unified block with the center of municipal services and with the help of its infrastructure it will support services provided to the city residents.
Design and construction of the Skolkovo Cultural Center can be interesting for developers, municipal officials, territory designers, culture specialists. During the round table permanent members of the Expert Council of the Cultural Center and invited guests discussed how to build a Cultural Center that would contribute to the creation of a local community, provide neccesary services and at the same time not require large-scale financing from the Skolkovo Foundation which is in charge of the development of the Innovation City's territory.
Vice President of the Skolkovo Foundation Oleg Alekseev presented the concept of a socio-cultural policy and underlined the necessity to consider the role of a social object in the creation of the innovative community in the process of design. Richard Tibbott, advisor to the general director of Cushman & Wakefield, specializing in projects on completion of cultural centers, shared European experience in construction of similar objects. Richard Tibbott drew participants’ attention to the necessity of defining all possible sources of financing before beginning to design the center, and also underlined the necessity of deep engagement of the object owner in the process of building the business model. Richard particularly marked that cultural centers are successful and well-attended only when organizations creating and inputting cultural and social values but not bringing profit into the project, still actively participate in the drawing of the business plan. Georgi Nikich, curator and art historian raised the question of integration of Skolkovo social objects into the general context of the Moscow cultural institutes.
Richard Tibbott/ (Advisory – Development Consultancy and Hotels of Cushman & Wakefield
Oleg Alekseev. Vice President of the Skolkovo Foundation, CEO for education and research.
RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) is an international organization presenting interests of specialists in all spheres of real estate, land tenure and construction. Today RICS unites more than 150,000 active members who work in 146 countries.