Let's take s simple example. We really like it when visiting the good old Europe we feel the spirit of the place, the spirit of times. We see that ground floors of buildings house shops and restaurants, where people from the same families have been working for centuries. These people, with their peculiarities, habits, routines, have been living here for centuries. And when travelling we often find immersion into this environment the most interesting aspect. If we want to remember our city as a similar cultural space, then, perhaps, we should think about all this.
When making a decision regarding area development, keeping in mind renovation, we should work through the mechanisms of this process on several levels: in terms of architecture and planning, in terms of urbanism, in terms of social and economic aspects.
However, unfortunately, a simple instant economic feasibility very often outweighs everything else, and the solution is simple: how many square meters do we have to build in place of a three-storey building in order to demolish it and move the residents? A developer decides on 20 storeys and no one stops them. Administration sells the area in lots and doesn't impose any additional conditions on the developer, which would require respecting the rights and interests of the people who live in the area. Conditions that would require saving a certain architectural and planning context and place memory. This leads to consequences which, it seems to me, are traumatic for the city.
Profitability and the height of buildings
Examples are numerous. Let's take the project for Yekaterininskyi Park in the block of Sverdlova, Azina, Mamina-Sibiryaka and Shevchenko streets. Now Sverdlova street is lined with five-, six-storey Stalin-era buildings. The street was once a model of a guest, front route of the city, and the buildings are very high quality architectural structures that are landmarks, perhaps, not architectural but historical for sure. And there's a 35-storey development planned in this block. Clearly, it will absolutely depreciate the scale and strangle these buildings in terms of their further perception in the urban context.