Karabash is an industrial town with complicated history of ecological disasters. Nowdays with the help of Russian Copper Company it is changing its environment and the reputation of "the dirtiest town in Russia".
Trasformation of a public space in a small Ural city. Veterans alley has become the first stage of the realisation of the development strategy "New Karabash"
Customer: Administration of Karabash urban district
Autors: Consortium Project Group 8 & PLRK
Project status: Implemented
The place was old boring ang bad functioning with tipical playground and benches standing in rows.
First of all we did analysis and created the participation straregy that included multiple forms of interactions with local residents.
Together we created mental map with all the features, values and problems of the place. The map also included popular routes and important destinations.
NB: Citizens were willing to work together, during the project there was created a whole community. This project has become a source of different local initiatives.
The key idea of a new landscape is a system of "valleys". Each "valley" contains different functional zone - playgrounds, resting area, event square.
In this project we wanted to make urbanised territory more natural, to show people how important it is for human well-being especially in an industrial town.
Another important feature of the conceptrion is memory preserving - Karabash has intereting and rather difficult history and it is important to keep this memory and express it through the environment.
Copper colour and indusrial forms are expressed in lighting elements, playground elements, small architectural forms.
Timeline - a sequence of information desks with important facts from Karabash history
Quiet places for rest
Pavilion for small events
People spent a lot of time in the alley - resting, walking, playing, meeting with friends.