A stunning mural painted by a group of architects, architects and landscape architects in St. Petersburg, Russia, could soon transform the way urban agriculture is practised in the country.
St. Petersburg’s “Art and Architecture” program is a collaboration between architecture students and local artists, and the project is being overseen by a team of experts.
The artists are using the mural as a template for their own urban agriculture projects, which they hope to bring to St. Pete.
Stories of urban farms in Russia are a familiar story in the city, but the concept is still largely new to the country, said architect and urban design student Anna Sivkovskaya.
She said the mural in the St. Peter’s cathedral is one of the first examples of a sustainable urban farm, as well as one of many examples in the Russian capital.
It’s the kind of building that can be reproduced in different locations, she said.
Sivkov says she hopes to use the mural to illustrate the challenges of growing food in urban environments.
“I want to bring the building as a model, and show how the architects and the designers have taken the idea of a farm and built it into a building,” she said in an interview from St. Peters, a city of almost 10 million people, where she is studying architecture.
The project is a collaborative effort between the architects of the Cathedral of St. Basil, the local school, and architects from the Moscow Institute of Architecture and the St Petersburg Urban Farm and Gardens Project.
The St. Thomas Cathedral is a major symbol of Russian Orthodox Christianity.
It was built in 1799 and houses the cathedral and the Russian Orthodox Church.
The cathedral itself is surrounded by gardens and a small city park.
The cathedral was once a sprawling structure with a cathedral tower, the cathedral choir, and a large church.
In 2012, the city and cathedral were bought by a Chinese consortium.
It is still a symbol of the city’s religious heritage.
In the last few years, St. Louis and St. Pius X have also been considering urban farms, and some cities in Europe are planning their own plans to cultivate urban agriculture.
But, in Russia, urban agriculture has been mostly confined to small-scale farms, like those at the Cathedral in St Petersburg.
Architects say urban farms can have more of an impact on the environment than other forms of urban agriculture because they are designed to grow and harvest food.
But urban farms have been mostly seen as a temporary solution to problems caused by the over-population of cities.
A study by the International Agency for Research on Population (IARC) published last year estimated that nearly 50 percent of the planet’s land area is devoted to farmland.
The study found that in 2035, there could be more than 3 billion urban farms.
In Russia, where the population is predicted to grow by more than 60 percent by 2050, the population will have increased by an estimated 1.2 billion people, the IARC study said.
Urban farms are a way to help the country adapt to this increase, said IARC director-general Mark Rosekind.
But urban farms need to be sustainable and have a lot of environmental benefits, he said.
The researchers at the St Peters project say they have taken their idea of urban farm from an architectural mural in a cathedral, and used it as a blueprint for their new urban farm.
“We have a plan to take our urban farm to St Petersburg,” said Alexander Kolesnikov, the project’s principal architect.
The team says they are working on the mural mural, which is part of a new series called “Art in the City,” and are in the process of painting the first building.
The architects say the project will be the first of many.
“This is a very important and unique project for St. Peters.
It will help to shape the future of urban farming in Russia,” said Kolesnik.