Studio report

Contemporary city dwellers and their values — how to reinvent the microrayon and create a new low-cost housing paradigm?
The microrayon, or micro-region, is a classic feature of suburban Soviet cityscapes, and continues to appear in post-Soviet cities even though the technology and materials used, and indeed the very idea of creating identikit, mass-produced buildings, are all long out of date. Urban planners are still ignoring what should be a key consideration: the lifestyle expectations of residents. This theme focuses on contemporary city dwellers and their values and lifestyle, using special consumer-oriented methodologies. The research seeks to reinvent the notion of the microrayon, presenting ways to modernise it and, most importantly, create a new paradigm for low-cost housing.

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