Saint Petersburg's parks are significantly more popular among local residents than among tourists, and for that matter, there's absolutely nothing to do there in the winter. These are the conclusions that Strelka KB researchers arrived at, who analysed more than 15,000 photographs taken in Saint Petersburg parks. These data form that basis of the next stage of research for Tuchkov Buyan Park. In the near future, the city will host several sessions with the expert community. At the same time, specialists from the European University at Saint Petersburg will determine how the city's residents see the future park.
In order to conduct digital research of Saint Petersburg's parks, Strelka KB's Centre for Urban Anthropology analysed 15, 284 photographs from social networks. They were all made over the course of 2018 in nine of Saint Petersburg's parks: Alexandrovsky Garden, New Holland, the Summer Garden, the Peter the Great Botanical Garden, Alexandrovsky Park, Tavrichesky Garden, the Primorsky Victory Park, the S.M. Kirov Central Park of Culture and Leisure, and the Quiet Leisure (Tikhy otdykh) Park on Kamenny Island.
In order to assess user activity in these parks, researchers created a representative selection of photographs posted on social media from an overall dataset of more than 100,000 possibilities. Afterwards, the selected was screened for advertisements, duplicates, and photographs unrelated to these locations, then labelled based on a series of criteria.