The Oldest Capital of the New Europe: How long has St. Petersburg been new? For 200 years? How long has it felt old? For only 70 years?
16 years after UNESCO declared it a Heritage Site, can St. Petersburg still evolve? Its centre is St Petersburg’s most valuable asset, but can it survive on its own? Probably only if its (re) modernization is not conceived as a commercial project. Can St. Petersburg avoid the esthetics of laisser-faire and the architecture of exaggerated difference?