International Baikal Winter University Workshop “Brownfield (Re)development: New Perspectives for Zaton”

International Baikal Winter University Workshop “Brownfield (Re)development: New Perspectives for Zaton”

International Baikal Winter University of Urban Planning invite students/young professionals to take part in the international workshop “Brownfield (Re)development: New Perspectives for Zaton”, taking place in Irkutsk, Siberya, Russia from February 9 until March 4, 2018.


The audience

The International Baikal Winter University of Urban Planning invites students, assistants, graduates, young specialists, professionals in following fields of activity:

  • urban planning design
  • landscape architects
  • architects
  • urban economics
  • transport engineering
  • urban sociology
  • urban economy


About Winter University

The International Baikal Winter University of Urban Planning Design is open to students at min. master level as well as to young professionals under 30. Fluency in English is required. All nationalities and fields of work are welcome to participate in 19th session of Winter University.

This programme is an original model of training young professionals of various specialties related to urban planning, and allows them to develop a higher level of conceptual thinking, communication, mastery of analytical and design approaches in an international multidisciplinary partnership working within dynamically developing town planning system of the city of Siberia.


Pilots of the session

Barbara Engel – Dr-Ing., architect and urban planner, Head of International Urban Planning and Design, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, GERMANY

Valeri Kozlov – Ph.D. in Architecture, architect and urban planner, Professor of the Department of Urban Development and Architectural Design, National Research Irkutsk State Technical University, RUSSIA


Relevance of the topic

The city owns many former industrial areas which now mainly lie dormant or are used inefficiently, waiting for reuse. Today, these harbor valuable resources for future developments. Concepts for a coordinated, social, commercial, and ecological development of the conversion areas in Irkutsk which also take long-term horizons into consideration are still lacking. They frequently display heterogenous usage areas and fragmented constructional structures. Several of these boast special location advantages, since they lie by the water. These include the Zaton peninsula with an area of about 75 hectares, situated by the banks of the Irkut and Angara rivers – a territory with a port and former industrial and storage facilities.



Zaton area with a port and former industrial and storage facilities shall be transformed into a viable district. Expected usages for the future are residential, business and leisure functions.  How to connect the territory to other districts of the city and to the city centre of Irkutsk? How to enhance the specific location around the water and the green areas? How to overcome the barriers of railways and streets? These and other questions have to be thought of by working out a guiding strategy and urban layout for the future development of Zaton territory.


  1. To design a development concept of “Zaton”, public, recreation and residential areas.
  2. To suggest new urban scenarios of recreational, public and residential spaces for riverfront development.
  3. To develop the programme of implementation of the new urban scenarios in the existing city planning conditions of coastal areas.
  4. To find instruments to improve the quality of life and attraction of the city by developing the peninsula area.


The terms of participation

  • English – Working language of the workshop.
  • Registration fee (covers the cost of the participant on accommodation, meals, excursions during 3 weeks, an educational program)


Open for registration!
Deadline: October 15, 2017

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