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What will be the centre of Kaliningrad?

some years ago one known architect from St.-Petersburg, arrived to Kaliningrad on a seminar on town-planning, has thrown:

- your city does not have own person.

this insulting and certainly disputable definition, nevertheless, has the right to existence. To the person to the stranger, the one who that is called, has not become attached soul to old ruins from a red brick and to manholes with an inscription Konigsberg the person of a city at least trudnorazlichimo. Ancient cities - Altshtadt, Knajphof, Lebeniht - are burnt by English napalm and disassembled by the Soviet immigrants. The royal castle is not present more, as well as many outstanding from the point of view of architecture of buildings of an old city. From houses of the most well-known our fellow countrymen of Immanuila of the Edging and Ernest Teodora Amadeja Hoffmann remained the tablet on a five-storey apartment block yes a granite boulder. Instead of destroyed Kenigsberga there was an attempt to construct the beautiful light city embodying dream of the defeated socialism. The box of House of Councils today reminds of this attempt, estakadnyj to us the bridge, Moskovsky prospectus and abundant is dirty - grey panel and block buildings. Also there is nothing surprising, when tourists from big Russia, coming to Kaliningrad behind any special western colour, leave from here the discouraged: Such we and in Kaluga will see! . It turns out that is valid at a city there is no person - German does not remain, Russian was not born.

and here to exod of the first decade of the XXI-st century there was a hope that at last - that will be finished town-planning chaos. On September, 10th in Kaliningrad the first stage of the international design seminar " begins; Concepts of town-planning development (reconstruction) of the central part of a city of Kaliningrad as which organizers act fund The Renaissance the government of the Kaliningrad region and the mayoralty of Kaliningrad. In a seminar, so-called workshop, nine creative groups of architects, including five Russian and four European - from Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland will take part. Their work will be organised by the area government, the mayoralty of Kaliningrad and regional branch of the Union of architects of Russia. To supervise over a seminar are invited the doctor of architecture Vladimir Krogius (institute INREKON ) Managing stand Kazan state architecturally - building university Nikolay Novikov, the vice-president of fund Bauhaus (Germany) Verner Meller, the known German architect - town-planner Julius Ellers. Before the international command of experts a task in view to develop possible directions of development of city centre in borders of the second defensive shaft - a green belt of architect Schneider.

- especially we will concentrate on a kernel of the central part of a city - Edging island, area Altshtadta and Lebenihta, - the main architect of Kaliningrad Alexander Bashin speaks. - it is very important To us to have the different points of view on development of a kernel of a city. After an exhibition in Cannes we have received criticism that the main architect individually solves, what to be to city centre. And the seminar will show that it not so. As they say, many goals are better, than one.

Alexander Bashin has added that during workshop subjects of an exit of a city to water, the conflict of buildings and green plantings, ancient building and so on also will be opened.

the Seminar will pass this autumn in three stages. In September of participants will acquaint with a city, a town-planning problematics and will provide with the initial data on a municipal infrastructure and transport communications. At the second stage architects will work over variants of development of Kaliningrad in the workshops. And in November plenary discussion of offers on development of the central part of a city will take place.

the total analytical material with use of foreign experience becomes a basis for working out of new town-planning projects. According to Alexander Bashina, the purpose of this action - as much as possible to secure itself against acceptance of hasty decisions in town-planning.