The participants of the 16th session of the International Baikal Winter University of Urban Planning Design suggested a new concept of development of transport interchanges (TIs) as city centers of activity in Irkutsk. Projects of five international teams were presented at ISTU Technopark on the 7th of February.
Each team had 15 minutes for the presentation. The projects were demonstrated on stands with regard to the general plan of Irkutsk.
The team A suggested integrating main and secondary TIs into the unified structure. According to young urban planners it can help citizens to orientate themselves and unload the downtown.
The representative of the team B Roberto IOSSA considers Irkutsk as a “City of open gates” and a center of business, social and administrative activities. His team suggests developing railway stations and airport district.
According to Elena SHMONINA from Yaroslavl (team D) one must take into account the needs of citizen by solving city problems.
ISTU master student Sofia RABIEVSKAYA (team C) suggests increasing spaces for pedestrians. She says that building of bikeways can unload municipal roads.
Deputy Chief Architect of Irkutsk Sergey ALEXANDROV thinks that participants of the 16th session have understood the main task of the International Baikal Winter University. He advises the teams to concentrate on projects, which one can realize in the next 3 – 5 years.
The strategic projects will be presented on the 14th of February at 9.00 at ISTU Technopark.
Let us remind that the International Baikal Winter University of Urban Planning Design has been held in Irkutsk since 1999 on ISTU initiative with the assistance of Irkutsk regional government, Irkutsk city administration, design organizations and Russian and international public organizations such as the European University Summer Workshops of Urbanism (France).
The aim of the project is to involve Russian and international young specialists in solving city problems, to form an urban culture and to raise the profile of the region.
By Olga BALABANOVA