Tomsk residents created a new public space at U-NOVUS
24 Мая, 10:32
During the final days of U-NOVUS in Tomsk, a workshop called Urban Placemaking took place, uniting the team of Tomsk Living laboratory project, Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (ROSNANO group), Tomsk universities, architects, designers, engineers, design engineers, local residents and business people. This resulted in the creation of a new public space in the pocket park at 74 Vershinina Street.
The theoretical part of the workshop took place on Friday, May 17 in TSUAB. The participants discussed the concept of a public space. Sergey Kremnev, Head of Agency for Territorial Development and Local Communities at Lift Project, shared his experience. Speaking of Tomsk, the expert noted that during the realisation of the project, the image of a merry-go-round was used, capable of “spinning-up” the locals for new ideas, solutions and communication.
On Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, the workshop participants began implementing the practical part. Using the available materials at hand, they created several leisure zones at 74 Vershinina Street: deckchairs, surfaces for tabletop games, a swing set, a small stage with an amphitheater, a place for barbecue. The created space is temporary and will only operate during Summer.
Evgeniy Parshuto, Deputy Governor of the Tomsk region on Building and Infrastructure, noted that the initiative that the residents displayed in creating the space in the Vershinina Street might be replicated in other areas of the city.
“This is a good undertaking, I would like it to catch on”, said Deputy Governor “There is some landscaping in the Vershinina Street, benches, pathways. But this is not enough. It turned out that the Tomsk Living laboratory and U-NOVUS have cooperated to give this space a new function – entertaining and leisure. It is also important that this initiative comes from the bottom, and that people are ready to come and create spaces with their own hands to satisfy their needs”
Forum of new solutions U-NOVUS – 2019 took place in Tomsk in May 15-17 under the auspices of the Tomsk Region Administration, supported by the Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of Higher Education and Science, Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media. Gazprombank is the title partner of the forum. Strategic partners are: Inter RAO and SIBUR Holding. Partners: Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (ROSNANO group), Sberbank, Gorseti. Title media sponsor is TASS.
The forum took place in partnership with Rosatom, Gazprom neft, Rostelecom, Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, and several universities: SkolTech, universities participating in “5-100” project, flagship universities.
U-NOVUS forum is a tool to setup the technological focus of the region. The living flow format of the forum (with its professionals, ideas and solutions) is a unique cultural and intellectual environment to develop the human capital of a new type. Some of the forum’s workshops are dedicated to digital transformations of corporations, while other strive to design pilot grounds for trying out solutions in new domains, such as smart city, digital power engineering, 5G networks, precision agriculture, platform-based solutions for banking and education.