What is the current state of the ‚city’ in the successor states of the Soviet Union? This is one of the central questions the ira.urban network seeks to address. Responses to this question require in-depth and manifold observations of everyday urban life. Therefore, this page aims to provide a space for exchange. It invites you to share casual notes and observations from the field, to discuss theoretical positions and evolving research questions or to post interesting information and sources on everyday life in the cities of the former Soviet Union.

 

 

How will be Minsk in 20 years?

In Minsk the Gallery TUT.BY invited urban planners, architects und interested people to a public discussion about problems and possible future developments. Many thanks to Veranika Salauyova for sharing this information!     Find here different inputs and opinions published:

Shrinking Cities in Russia. Dynamics, Consequences and Governance

Our short-time Guest Research Fellow, Dr. Xenia Averkieva, from the Russian Academy of Sciences, gave a talk at our Leibniz-Institute for Regional Geography in Leipzig about the shrinking dynamics of Russia’s cities and different measures to cope with the effects of this dynamic…

SHRINKING CITY IN SOUTHERN RUSSIA: TO CONTINUE TO PLAN FOR GROWTH OR TO BE REALISTIC? PART 2.

SHRINKING CITY IN SOUTHERN RUSSIA: The round table held in February in Rostov-on-Don (see the last contribution by Elena Batunova) provoked many interesting reactions in the public. Read here a journalistic review of the event and different readers’ comments on the topic….  

SHRINKING CITY IN SOUTHERN RUSSIA: TO CONTINUE TO PLAN FOR GROWTH OR TO BE REALISTIC?

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…&#