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Transformation Strategy Chelyabinsk

The City as a Breeding Ground for Social Capital

Chelyabinsk is one of the medium sized towns in Russia, with a population ranging from 1-1,5 million inhabitants. Many of these cities have similar conditions and challenges: Remote located, heavy industrialized, and an aging population as young and higher educated generations are moving to the federal cities of Moscow and St-Petersburg.

To attract new residents, and shift towards new economies, the historical qualities of Chelyabinsk should be merged with contemporary values of urban life. But sheer developing another plan for the Chelyabinsk as a post-industrial town does not solve the problem: the industry is the reason of existence of the city. Therefore the plan shifts the focus from ‘to be removed industries’, towards ‘the city as a breeding ground for social capital’. By investing in the upgrade of the urban environment to generate interest from new generations, attracting people and parties that support a shift towards new economies, targeting a gradual replacement of polluting industries by a variety of functions and activities.

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Chelyabinsk already holds the spatial framework to organize this transformation: the grid structure of the historical centre. There are plenty of examples showing the ability of the grid to be the base for a qualitative urban realm, structuring the transformation and densification of an existing city. The plan activates the existing grid structure of the city, turning it into a mechanism for transformation.

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The framework is empowered by 3 strategies:

Grid: Inclusive realm

Streets are the main public realms in the city. Apart from being spaces for car traffic, they serve as linear public spaces. The redevelopment and upgrading of streets allows for the integration of environmental infrastructure, the organization of slow traffic and public transportation.

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Blocks: Mixed-use program

The existing blocks in the city leave a lot of empty space yet to be developed. The new masterplan proposes gradual transformation of the existing grid by replacing deteriorated properties and completing building blocks. Residential functions are relocated in the center of the city.

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Catalyst projects

Specific projects are developed, to revitalize certain areas, add special qualities to the city, or boost development and transformation in direct surroundings. They are strongly related to existing qualities. These projects enable the government to steer in the speed of gradual transformation and the areas where it is happening. The most important project is the redevelopment of the riverfront along the Miass river, redefining the overall identity of Chelyabinsk.

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Year

2016

Location

Chelyabinsk, Russia

Type

Masterplan, Public Space

Client

City Administration of Chelyabinsk

Size

800 ha

Awards

1st Prize

Publications

World Landscape Architect
Architectuur.nl
Archdaily
Worldbuild 365
Architectenweb
Archi.Ru
Stedebouw & Architectuur

Team & partners

Michiel Van Driessche
Marnix Vink
Deborah Lambert
Laura Spenkelink
Tatiana Lyubimova
Zofia Krzykawska
Klaus-Peter Lorenz
Joshua Brook-Lawson
Eek van der Krogt
de Architekten cie.

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  5. Campus Eemsdelta
  6. Tuinen van West, Amsterdam
  7. A green entrance for the airport
  8. Almazov National Medical Research Centre
  9. Quartierlandschaft Dietenbach
  10. Bao’An G107 Corridor
  11. Cartesius Quarter
  12. Public Space Alpen
  13. Smakkelaarsveld Utrecht
  14. Darmstadt Masterplan 2030+
  15. Jonas Amsterdam
  16. Healthy Tracks
  17. Waterfront Novosibirsk
  18. City Square Tyumen
  19. Urban Food Forest Rijnvliet Utrecht
  20. Strategic Urban Green Study
  21. Public Space Strategy Kanpur
  22. ImageWharf
  23. Ódinstorg Square
  24. Overloon War Museum
  25. Lokhalle Leverkusen
  26. Ludlstrasse Munich
  27. Yaanila Country Park
  28. Redevelopment Strategy Vogabyggð
  29. Villa Garden
  30. City life in the woods
  31. Schie Quarter Schiedam
  32. Socio-technical city of the future
  33. Buji River
  34. Vaskhnil Novosibirsk
  35. Precincts Canterbury Cathedral
  36. Maritime Campus Almere
  37. Resilient Riverscape Berat
  38. Sijthoff
  39. Strategic Plan Shkodra
  40. Ekaterinburg City Campus
  41. City Extension Plan Yangon
  42. Transformation Strategy Gufunes
  43. Transformation Strategy Chelyabinsk
  44. Fish Market Leuven
  45. Zinder Culture Cluster
  46. Food Innovation Strip Ede-Wageningen
  47. S4 Highway Hangzhou
  48. Strategic Plan Fier
  49. Strategic Plan Elbasan
  50. Kronenburg Business Park
  51. Dharavi Mumbai
  52. Masterplan Smáralind Mall
  53. Urban Test Farm Emmen
  54. Ásbrú Enterprise Park
  55. Asylum Seekers Center Ter Apel
  56. Berlin Am Volkspark
  57. The Museum of the 20th Century
  58. Gardabaer
  59. Metropolitan Westerpark Amsterdam
  60. Science and Technology City Chongqing
  61. Yue Xiu 353 Transformation
  62. Erlongshan Recreational Park
  63. Danxia Recreational Park
  64. Campus Lelystad
  65. University Campus San Pedro
  66. Proto Tamansari
  67. City Gardens Tyumen
  68. Park Somerlust Amsterdam
  69. Agricultural Innovation Campus
  70. Bandar Lampung Park
  71. R&D Campus Fengxian
  72. S-West Eindhoven
  73. Biodiversity based dairy farming
  74. Heidelberg Creative Quarter
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