Wood is Cool

The aim of this application is to prepare a bigger project in Archangelsk, namely the establishment of a new cultural centre for youth, located in one of the city’s historic wooden buildings. This planning phase will comprise one visit and event in Stockholm to gather professionals (architects, social scientists, artists and cultural activists) from Russia, Sweden and other Northern countries. After that, another visit will take place in Archangelsk, at which professionals will attend a workshop, ‘Wood is Cool’ during the one-week Arctic Art Forum. The Forum aims to preserve the cultural heritage through greater involvement in urban planning. This will be achieved by mobilizing young creative people and empowering them to create their own cultural spaces, by providing feedback about public policies, and by enhancing social innovation and social sustainability by maintaining the cultural heritage and realizing its value for the future.