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Student
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Elena Pliakina
Neglected Heritage: Life after Fading. Contemporary Vision and Perspectives of Development of the Meadow Park in Peterhof
2018
This master thesis considers the problems of the neglected cultural heritage, such as Meadow (Lake) Park in Peterhof, an object of UNESCO's world cultural heritage. The work is focused on the modern image and the prospects of development. The analyze its history: from creation of the park to the modern condition of the park as a forgotten cultural heritage.

Thesis examines the mechanism of transformation of the park's image from the prosperous landscape into a local infrastructural object. However, the neglected garden is a kind of positive brand, known in the literature. Nevertheless, residents of Peterhof and visitors of the park have a request for its restoration: interviews showed that image of park is perceived as "undesirable". Thesis examines the question of what the consumption of cultural heritage is and what is restoration.

Park's stakeholders were identified. Physical restoration of objects, landscaping, care of trees is meant under the restoration. These measures are unable to change the attitude towards the park, because the main problem lies in the violation of sociocultural practices. Sociocultural practices are concluded in complex of behavioral patterns. To eliminate the contradiction between the image of the park as cultural heritage and the park as an object of local infrastructure, it is necessary to restore sociocultural practices. Based on the highlighted sociocultural practices, a set of measures was proposed for development of the park, considering the already existing development trajectories.

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