The first session in 2000
THE RESTORATION OF THE HISTORICAL CENTRE OF IRKUTSK

The problems of the preservation and further development of historical blocks especially wooden ones for tourist purposes were examined. For example, it is suggested to preserve maximally, to restore a valuable building along the building line, to add new functions to it: handicrafts, trade of souvenirs, restaurants, small hotels. The improvement of the conveying system in the historical centre (the formation of hoist rings, the exclusion of the transit through the historical centre, the priority to the public transport especially to the tram, the limitation on the entry of individual transport); The special attention to ecological aspects of the development of the city (arrangement of green spaces); The creation of additional trade, consumer services and leisure centres in the outlying districts to relieve the downtown; The expansion of boundaries of the historical centre ( the left bank of Angara (the train station, Studgorodok)is included).

The second session in 2001
THE CITY AND WATER

The relationship between the city structure and natural environment were examined: water system is on the most important factors which define the originality of Irkutsk, it forms its planning structure and underlies its administrative division, sets the system of the arrangement of green spaces. The programs of the development of Irkutsk shore spaces are urgent problems, the solution of which will define the look of the city in the future. The participants offered their own methods of the development of conservation zones and landscapes, for example, it was examined to improve pedestrian approaches to water areas and off-shore recreations.

 

The third session in 2002
THE GATES TO THE BAIKAL

The participants of the session suggested the following ideas:

– the usage of the weir of hydropower station as a “city wall” (viewing grounds, platforms, mobile cafés );
– the creation of historical reminiscence (identification of the place of the beginning of the historical way to the Baikal);
– the creation of Business Expo Centre (the formation of appropriate “urbanized” building including constructions which form an urban silhouette);
– the integration of sign elements (a dam, buildings of business expo centre, peninsula etc.) with the help of different transport links into unit;
– the integration of sign elements (a dam, buildings of business expo centre, peninsula etc.) with the help of different transport links into unit.
The fourth session in 2003
THE SCIENCE AND THE UNIVERSITY IN THE CITY

– the building of the bridge gives a strong impetus to the development of area between residential zones of Academgorodok, Studgorodok and ISU. This territory is the centre of the left-bank area.
– the formation of a new centre will not be limited by the building in the waste land but will reorganize existent development;
– the creation of the optimal guidepath design.
– the creation of the system of comfortable pedestrian directions connecting scientific, educational and residential complexes with each other and with off shore areas.
– the creation of the system of specialized centres – informational, business, educational, industrial and commercial, which define the originality of the district as the interaction of the science, higher school and production.
The fifth session in 2004
ANGARSK IS A NEW CITY. THE PROBLEMS OF THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

– the creation of a recreation zone on Kitoy River;
– the adoption of picturesque landscapes in the city in whole and also in boulevards, particularly in Angarsk avenue.
– the improvement of the quality of the infrastructure, the improvement of sport facilities, the arrangement of leisure-time and educational institutions for the purpose of the improvement of the attractiveness of the city in whole.
The idea of “green burst” which was offered by the winner team allows to structure a new residential area and prevents flood, groundwater rise etc.


The sixth session in 2005
TOURISM IN IRKUTSK AND AT THE BAIKAL

The participants analyzed the state of the infrastructure of tourism, defined its potential. They developed the typology of tourist objects and also suggestions of the preservation and improvement of existent landscape characteristics of Baikal shores. They managed to find the balance between tourist usage of the area, nature conservation events and interests of local residents. The students of International Baikal Winter University of Urban Planning Design developed special suggestions for architectural planning and building practice at the Baikal. The participants presented socio-economical, architectural planning and large designed proposals on concrete areas situated at the centre-line Irkutsk-Listvyanka.

The seventh session in 2006
THE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE CITY IN THE CITY.

The session was devoted to problems of the residential area which is topical for cities of Russia. The diversity of population groups requires the usage of broad spectrum of typology of an apartment block. The role of riverside areas sets one more dominant function of the region – recreational one. Gagarin boulevard, the island Yunost’ which are popular among citizens should have extension in the off-shore part of Lisikha. The system of landscape gardening should spread in the whole district. The development of public transport in the district and especially near coastal strip, the development of the system of pedestrian and bicycle paths. Abandoned industrial buildings and areas should be reconstructed into cultural entertaining, sports or administrative commercial objects.

 

The eighth session in 2007
LARGE IRKUTSK: THE PROBLEMS AND PERSPECTIVES OF THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

The purposes: the development of the concept of the territorial development, program-target suggestions of the formation of the urban planning strategy directed at the improvement of quality of life activity environment and at the preservation of the originality of settlements by example of Irkutsk agglomeration. Within the scope of the 8th session of International Baikal Winter University of Urban Planning Design in Irkutsk International workshop devoted to the formation of the agglomeration took place. Not only speeches and round tables but also visits of the objects of Irkutsk agglomeration were included in the program. According to results of the workshop the presentation of domestic and foreign experience allows to draw up a strategy to develop the theory and practice of the improvement of agglomerations.

 

The ninth session in 2008
THE CENTRAL HISTORICAL PART OF IRKUTSK IN NEW MILLENNIUM. THE PROBLEMS AND PERSPECTIVES OF THE DEVELOPMENT

The purpose of the session: The development of the concept, the development of preliminary designed suggestions of further development of historical centre with a glance of the preservation of its originality.
The objects:
– the determination and urban planning validation of the location of the central historical part in the urban system and agglomeration;
– the analysis of socio-economical, functional, landscape and urban planning state of the area and street spaces;
– the concept of the reconstruction of street network of the centre: a street, a boulevard, a square, an embankment, passages within blocks, parking lots – the system of the landscape gardening of the streets and squares, the restoration of parks and groves.

 

The tenth session in 2009
THE CULTURE OF THE STREET SPACE

The purpose of the session was the development of the conceptual suggestions of the organization of the street space of principal city mains – Baikalskaya St., Lermontova St. and Dekabrskih sobytii St. The participants had to analyze the structure of the streets and main territories, to find out the problems and factors which did not permit the street space to be suitable for life. Of course the purpose was the development of the regulations to make the streets and the style of accessories comfortable and to define main functional areas. Also an important moment of many projects became the idea of integration of the citizens’ activity in the process of the creation of the cultural street space.

 

The eleventh session in 2010
THE PRESERVATION AND RESTORATION OF HISTORICAL WOODEN URBAN ENVIRONMENT

The purpose of the session was the development of the concept of the preservation and restoration of traditional urban environment under such conditions as mass reconstruction and substitution of a ramshackle wood building by example of two blocks of Irkutsk historical centre 131-133. The area of the territory is about six hectares. There are 126 buildings. The participants had to prove that it was necessary to preserve, refresh and renew the wood historical building that helped to restore comfortable urban area.

 

The twelfth session in 2011
IRKUTSK 2036. THE STRATEGY OF THE LONG-TERM URBAN PLANNING DEVELOPMENT OF IRKUTSK UNTIL 2036.

The purpose of the session was the detection of the long-term strategy of the urban planning development of Irkutsk on the basis of the interests of the whole municipal community with a glance of ecological, demographic, socio-economic and techno-infrastructural conditions in terms of the resource potential of the area. The participants had the following objects:
– to make a forecast of the demographic and socio-economic development of Irkutsk;
– to detect the resource potential of the area;
– to formulate important social priorities of the urban planning development;
– to determine the long-term strategy and stages of the urban planning development of Irkutsk.

 

The thirteenth session in 2012
THE ECOLOGY OF SUBURBAN AND IRKUTSK SETTLEMENT

Over the last decade in Irkutsk oblast’, especially in the south part of it, there is the process of the intensive development of suburbs which became one of new urban planning realias and at the same time a new challenge for our region. Most of all this process affected a metropolitan region of Irkutsk. The purpose of the session is the creation of principles and parameters of the development of suburban and Irkutsk settlement with a glance of the preservation of the quality of the environment.

The fourteen session in 2013
MODERNIZATION OF THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT. FORMATION OF THE SYSTEM OF PUBLIC SPACE AND RECREATION AREAS OF THE CITY

The fifteenth session in 2014
RECONSTRUCTION AND TRANSFORMATION OF AN URBAN ENVIRONMENT OF IRKUTSK
Preservation, updating and rational use of the historical environment of the city of Irkutsk have to provide preservation and increase in its welfare potential.
And when forming modern policy of reconstruction of the city it is necessary
to consider that from demolition and repair of certain buildings it is expedient to pass to complex transformation of housing stock, i.e. complex reconstruction of quar ters with group repair and reorganization of buildings and improvement by the functional architectural and planning and engineering organization of quarters.

The result of design session will be proposals on typolog of the high density housing estate, alternative ways of development of infrastructure of quarters (social, engineering, transport), to new schemes of interaction of local governments with investors who
will be useful to the City administration of Irkutsk, the Government of the Irkutsk
region, builders of the city of Irkutsk.

Relevance of the topic
The subject of transport-interchange nodes becomes very daily and relevant. Residents of cities become more mobile because of urban environment development. Transport HUBs solve the problems of speed and comfort of travel both in cities and area. Modern HUB supposes maximum close to each other type of transport. Usually different transport types are united by one architectural building – U-bahn station, for example.The presence of accomplishment multifunctional space in a city define quality of urban life, improve status of the city and its attraction.

Problems
Dynamic development of cities involves increase transport service. This fact leads to high intensity and compactness transport flow in big cities. Because of street-road network congestion speed and regularity of freight and passenger delivery is reduced. Therefore a cost price is increased, as consequence transport service is increasing also. Also waste of inhabitants free time is increased, the life quality is reduced and a social tensity is appeared.

In spite of service-market and infrastructure in the cities become to  develop well on a periphery, the service quality keeps better on cities centers. Because of inhabitants from area have daily migration to cities centers the quality of transport service must become better.

Result
The solving these problems have to lead to improvement of transport accessibility conditions, prevention of traffic jam formation and improvement of level of service in public transport.

BOOKLET WITH THE THEMES OF THE PREVIOUS SESSION