Revitalization of (Post-) Soviet Neighbourhood with Nature-Based Solutions
Revitalization of (Post-) Soviet Neighbourhood with Nature-Based SolutionsPDF
Authors: Aleksandr Shchur, Nadzeya Lobikava and Volha Lobikava
Volume/Issue: Volume 23: Issue 2
Published online: 18 Nov 2020
The neighbourhoods in the former Soviet Union were after the World War II often planned according to the self-consistent microdistrict concept similar to Clarence Perry's neighbourhood unit. Each residential district was based on the walkable community centre in the middle whereas the area itself was surrounded by arterial streets as the main transport routes with basic services. However, the recent situation of many of those neighbourhoods is rather dim – the bad condition of housing, faded public spaces and unorganised greenery systems are between the most crucial issues. The results of the research made on the case study of the Jubilejny district in the city of Mogilev, Belarus, show that population ageing is the main threat for these areas. Residents are dissatisfied with uncertain housing situation besides inappropriate parking options and lack of opportunities to spend a leisure time outside. Therefore, our proposal to the future development of the Jubilejny district includes short term improvements such as leisure activities within the public spaces or regeneration of green spaces as well as long-term designs regarding a community garden and other nature-based solutions.
Keywords: nature-based solutions, khrushchyevka, microdistrict, urban greenery
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