APRIL 13, 2015

TIMUR ABDULLAEV:
«ARCHITECTURE IS AN IMPORTANT AND VALUABLE CONSTITUENT OF PUBLIC LIFE»

Timur Abdullaev, Chief Architect of Yekaterinburg, Deputy Head of the Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Land Regulation of Yekaterinburg City Administration, joined the 'Komsomolskaya Pravda – Ural' radio program on 92.3 FM. Discussing the status and the value of the architecture of the Ural capital became the main topic of the broadcast.
'The list of tasks for a Chief Architect is very long. It is an embracive influence on different nuances of urban development, including land improvement in the field of urban planning. As for me, I distinguish the important and relevant task of raising the overall quality of architecture in Yekaterinburg. I'm talking about paying more attention to the architectural value of those projects that are currently being constructed', says Timur Abdullaev.

According to Timur, developers in Yekaterinburg pursue different interests, which depend on the time and economic situation. 'These are spur-of-the-moment interests. While architecture is a sphere that demands long-term planning, and we should understand that the projects we are launching and implementing now will live for decades. The nuances that are perfected and documented now will remain in the memory of several generations, because momentary constituents, such as recession, change over time. And we will judge the architecture by scaled results', says Chief Architect of Yekaterinburg.

Apart from that, Timur Abdullaev noticed that architecture is an inalienable part of each citizen. 'The public do not know those people who influence the development of architecture in the city, although it is as important as knowing great actors, musicians etc. Architecture is a part of human life that surrounds us on a daily basis, every time, everywhere. An architect is a person who plays an active social role in the life of the population, and architecture is a crucial and valuable constituent of social life', says the Chief Architect of Yekaterinburg.

Timur has also emphasized the issue of Soviet-time planning approaches. According to him, the municipality used to develop Yekaterinburg not as a city comfortable for living but as an industrial center, a city around the plant. Today, on the other hand, local government aspires for the capital of Ural to comply with those functions that are connected with comfortable living.

'No need to invent anything. If we look at European urban planning practices, we'll realize that the city scale is sometimes significantly smaller. And if we consider the city center development, it is the increase in the density of the service industry and housing that provides a certain concentration. And the latter can sometimes be a good thing for quality growth in architecture. I think, in general, this trend will persist, and there's nothing bad about it, as it is a global trend. Yekaterinburg has a historical center, but it consists of separate ensembles. They create a unique image. We definitely have to save architectural heritage and ensembles, and fit them into the new developing environment. The value of our architecture is in its rich mix that exists here now', concludes Timur Abdullaev.
Author: Ekaterina Katykhina
Source: Yekaterinburg official portal
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