Today we live in the world where education, its’ purpose and methods are rapidly changing as well as the school design and learning environments. Martela EdDesign Сonference has been launched to open discussions upon these issues and took place on the 19th of April at the main cultural venue of St. Petersburg, Russia, The State Hermitage Museum. It became a stage for the experts from Russia, Finland, Japan and gathered more than 400 listeners.

How to increase brain potential and motivate ourselves for learning? What is the impact of preschool environment in early childhood? And how one can transform the classroom into effective learning environment, or do we actually still need classes today? How administration, citizens, architects and designers might collaborate to build more better educational spaces?

EdDesign Conference became a one day platform for discussions, lectures and meetings of the international and local community.

Human in a digital society: interdisciplinary education 







Tatyana Tchernigovskaya
neuroscientist, psycholinguist
professor of Saint-Petersburg State University

Famous Russian scientist and writer Tatyana Tchernigovskaya shared her views on education in the modern world: where to find balance when including new technologies in learning environment, how to increase brain concentration and power and what is the future of schools and universities as institutions?

Spaces of education: Finnish miracle and global tendencies








David Basulto
editor, founder,
panel discussion moderator

Panel discussion with leading Finnish experts. It is the era of the education reforms in Finland, new pedagogical ideas and progressive educational spaces rethinking the school architecture and impacting global processes. Discussion was moderated by David Basulto, architect, founder and Editor in Chief of and curator of the Nordic Countries Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.


Panel Discussion Speakers 

Jukka Savolainen // director // Finnish Design Museum

Hilla Rudanko // architect, co-founder // Rudanko + Kankkunen Architects

Mikko Summanen // architect SAFA, professor, co-founder // K2S Architects

Päivi Meuronen // design director // JKMM Architects

Ksenia Malich // curator of architecture // The State Hermitage Museum

Marjaana Manninen // rector of Kalasatama School Helsinki // advisor for educational strategies

The best kindergarten you have ever seen 







Takaharu Tezuka
President of Tezuka Architects
Professor of Tokyo City University

One of the world architect leaders, author of the famous FUJI kindergarten, TED speaker and educational design trendsetter, Takaharu told about his own experience of developing spaces that meet the needs of the early childhood. 

EdDesign Conference was organized by Martela Russia and supported by the Finnish Cultural Institute in St. Petersburg and Consulate General of Finland. 

Media partners: Strelka Mag and Afisha Daily.