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City of Ufa to host workshop “Instruments for Sustainable Urban Development” with TSPA

TSPA has been invited by the city of Ufa in Russia to facilitate a workshop on Instruments for Sustainable Urban Development from 2 to 3 December 2016. Expected participants are representatives of the municipal planning departments and urbanists from Yekaterinburg, Krasnoyarsk, Kazan, Saint Petersburg, Moscow, and Ufa.

The objectives of the two day work session are the:

  • Development of common positions on fundamental issues of spatial development of Russian cities (goals, objectives, values and possible contours of development projects)
  • Consolidation of community and the search for potential leaders for breakthrough projects
    Anticipating the future of urban planning, define the roles of each stakeholder
  • Release of an action paper with next steps towards better planning instruments, policies, and potential pilot projects.

We will work towards than in four work session with focus on
Urban form, Planning process, Legal instruments, and
Financial instruments.

A Masterplan won’t solve anything

Russian cities usually have a functioning city administration, often a strong civil society, and s strong framework of urban regulations. Yet, when we look at the current state of the urban environment, they are very much the opposite of an attractive, liveable city.

Thomas of TSPA and Anton Shatalov of Proektdevelopment, a young innovative office which forms part of the fledgling Siberian urban design scene, explore this question using Krasnoyarsk as an example. The conversation was hosted by gorodprima. Read the full dialogue (in Russian) here: “A Masterplan won’t solve anything“.

TSPA at Krasnoyarsk Conference in Moscow Urban Forum

Krasnoyarsk is the easternmost city in Russia with a population of over one million. Being the economic center of a giant multinational and multicultural region that covers a land area eight times larger than Germany – but with a population of only 3 million – the city faces spatial, cultural and economic challenges which require an overhaul its urban development strategies. Krasnoyarsk will also host the Universiade in 2017, which will serve as a catalyst for urban renewal.

Consequently, Moscow Urban Forum organised a conference in Krasnoyarsk “Cities and territories tomorrow: Tools for positive change” to discuss how Krasnoyarsk’s transformation can be enabled in the coming decades.

Thomas Stellmach, director of TSPA, was invited as foreign expert together with Markus Appenzeller of MLA+ to discuss potential approaches for change together with Russian colleagues and experts.