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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.

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