Industrial Zones Today

Part of: Time To Decide: What future do we want to see for Moscow’s industrial zones?

russian (with translation to english)

What are the main problems facing the development of the industrial environment? What is a ghost town like? What is meant by the landscape approach and how can it be applied to the rehabilitation of industrial zones? What do nearby residents, tenants, property owners and the local authorities need from industrial estates? These questions will be answered by the consultation participants, who will also pay attention to radical approaches for the use of abandoned buildings for squats, raves and extreme tourism. This, as a rule, is the manner in which residents currently interact with the city’s industrial legacy.

The conference will be opened by a short overview of the existing industrial zones by Natalia Chenisheva, professor from Georgraphical department of MSU.

The key reference point chosen is the comprehensive programme for the rehabilitation of the Ruhr on the “natural park” model, involving the preservation of industrial buildings.

The 1990-2000 International Construction Fair in Germany helped to transform the degraded Ruhr Region, which is one of the world’s largest industrial regions, according to the “natural park” model. This brought together 17 municipalities and covered over 200 local projects for the development of the industrial zone, including the conversion, reconstruction and rehabilitation of the urban environment. As part of this, the industrial plants were preserved, so making it possible to call upon the experience of landscape architecture and the organisation of public spaces in existing industrial estates.

German landscape architect and Professor of Munich technical university Peter Latz will tell about his experience of transforming the industrial zones.

After the lecture a discussion will take place about the alternative uses of indestrial zones. Participants involve artist, curator and founder of squat German Vinogradov, bloger and photograph Vsevolod Chuvanov. The discussion will be moderated by Ilya Mukosey.

Peter Latz is well known as he pays a lot of attention to the reclamation and transformation of former industrial landscapes. Apart from Munich technical university where he teaches landscape architecture, Peter is also a visiting professor in Pensilvania University in Philadelphia and Harvard Graduate School of Design. Among his best known projects is the Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord in the Ruhr Area in Germany.[1] The site of 230 hectares was formerly a very large steel mill. He was awarded a First European Prize for Landscape Architecture Rosa Barba in Barcelona for that project in 2000, a Grande Médaille d’Urbanisme by the Académie royale d’architecture in Paris in 2001 and a Place Planning Award of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) in Edmond, USA.