Archives for June, 2016

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Krasnoyarsk: here we come!

TSPA started to work on a major development in Krasnoyarsk, third largest city in Siberia, together with proektdevelopment. The 1300 ha site right on the city edge and surrounded by stunning forests, mountains and wild taiga, will develop into a green mixed use neighbourhood that reflects the demand for more sustainable living models in the capital of the Krasnoyarsk region.

The inception workshop with Monolith Holding takes place in the week from 20 June 2016, and we are excited work with an ambitious team in such a stunning environment!

Yakutsk: towards sustainable arctic cities

Sustainable Life of Arctic cities will be the main topic discussed at the 2nd ‘Cities and People. Local Solutions for Sustainable Development’ International Conference in Yakutsk on June 23- 25. There Thomas speaks about the potential of public space to be a driver for prosperity and higher quality of life in arctic cities.

The Forum serves as an opportunity to reflect on a topic that is becoming more urgent in times ahead: from climate change and the battle for resources to new urbanization trends, the artic region is undoubtedly going to be reshaped. How can we ensure the transformation will benefit the lives of local communities and their habitat? Can we go beyond the idea of the arctic being an area ‘to-be-mined’ for prosperity elsewhere? What role will public space play in this transformation? We will keep you posted!

Mozambique: planning urban corridor

From 4th to 11th of June Thomas was invited to the seminars in the cities of Tete and Nampula, Mozambique. The events are part of a series of workshops guiding the development of the Nacala Corridor, supported by UN-Habitat and Cities Alliance.

One of the issues raised was the need for more tools to operationalize existing plans. The workshop establishes processes and tools to ensure plan implementation following the parameters of their plans.

Riga – The Next Frontier

Riga Faculty of Architecture and Design invited Thomas on June 2nd as a guest critic to participate in the urban studio “Riga – The Next Frontier”, for a site located on the fringe of the historical city centre.

Riga’s built environment features different urban paradigms. While some of its parts seem like Scandinavian villages, some parts remind of Berlin’s Gründerzeit, and – not surprisingly – large parts resemble typical Eastern Bloc suburbs. This enables the city to cater to a variety of generations, users and tastes. The site selected for the design studio resembles Riga’s main urban paradigms and serves as perfect example of a fragmented and heterogeneous neighbourhood, mixing density, style and function.