Marshrutkas are running, and running, and running…

When you have spent some time in the post-Soviet space, you certainly are acquainted with marshrutkas — those ubiquitous minibuses which, more often than not, form the backbone of the public transport systems in urban and rural areas of the former Soviet Union. Strangely enough,


Elena Batunova, Deputy Director of the Center of Urban Education and Town Planner at the Southern Urban Planning Centre in Rostov-on-Don, Russia informs about a Workshop, which took place on the 6th of February 2015 in Rostov-on-Don, to discuss this underestimated problematic…&#

CfP: Post-socialist urban infrastructures

The 6 th International Urban Geographies of Post-communist States Conference: 25 years of urban change to be held in Prague on September 23-26th 2015   Post-socialist urban infrastructures: socio-material transformation and future paths. For more information here……

Post-Soviet urban development practice in Belarus: “Sputnik” cities

In the framework of our new initiative aimed to reinforce exchanging of best-practise in post-Soviet urban space transformation, our partner in Belarus, V. Salauyova has provided some links with information about the recent discussions in city planning and urban development in Belarus

Post-Soviet urban development practice in Belarus: The Multifunctional Module

our ira.urban partner in Minsk, Belarus, (Veranika Salauyova) has provided some links with information about the recent discussions in city planning and urban development in Belarus. Belarus: Minsk, new approaches in the construction of Mass housings. The Multifunctional Module, 2014

Urban Conflicts: monument conservation and new developements

Manifold conflicts characterize cities. The struggle between development interests and the preservation of cultural heritage represents one interesting source of urban conflict which seems to be prevalent in particular in cities of transition.  The article of Alexander Litvin touches

Are the Roma better street vendors?

Bazaars in the Capital of Georgia, Tbilisi are no easy place to navigate. The central Bazaar of the city spreads along few blocks and is comprised of few Bazaars of different sizes, shopping malls and the street vendors in between. For last few years, primarily in the years of 2010 -2