Support for green urban development in small and medium-sized cities of Belarus



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"Green Cities" project financed by GEF and implemented by UNDP in Belarus


Urban development strategy of the Gromy district in Polotsk with an area of about 400 hectares.


2019 Concept design, public participation


MLA+: Yulia Drozd, Yana Golubeva, Gavriil Malyshev, Pavel Nishchanka, Gulnaz Nizamutdinova, Evgenia Pavlenko, MiKhail Stepura, Nadezhda Tsarenok, Daniil Veretennikov, Veronika Yamilova


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The proposal includes creating new connections through the railway, both for transport and pedestrians, to address the issue of isolation caused by the railway cutting off the district from neighboring areas.


+ Inefficiently used and abandoned production and railway overhaul sites will be transformed into new dense urban blocks and light-industrial R&D facilities, leveraging the district's proximity to the central transport hub of Polotsk.
+ Addressing connectivity issues within the microdistrict and position it as the center of the new Polotsk-Novopolotsk agglomeration.
+ The introduction of a system such as "Student Square" with amenities like a skate park, amphitheater, and outdoor cafe, is aimed at transforming the built-up territories and enhancing public spaces.


+ In order to implement the principles of ecological sustainability, we divided territories into four categories according to the degree of their “naturalness”.
+The use of urban gardening is able to soften the difference in lifestyles of private sector residents with private plots and apartment buildings, which are unable to cultivate their own plots near the ground floors of their houses.


+Leveraging the historical and cultural heritage of Polotsk, such as the Saint Euphrosyne Monastery, to create a network of tourist routes showcases collaboration between urban planners, developers, and local stakeholders to revitalize the area.
+The project emphasizes collaboration by incorporating feedback from residents to preserve important elements within the district. This collaborative approach ensures that the development aligns with the needs and preferences of the community.

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