Under Threat: Novosibirsk Akademgorodok Ensemble
27 August 2015, Novosibirsk, Russia
DATE: 27/8/2015
Novosibirsk Akademgorodok ensemble in Russia is facing at the moment dangerous arbitrary alterations due to inadequate protection to ensure the conservation of the existing architectural set of high interest.

The adopted Subject of Protection is leading to the loss of the main characteristics of the complex, namely: functional zoning of an academic research center; a diffuse, low-density built environment of medium and low-rise buildings; original architectural ensembles of public areas, research institutes, microdistricts "А", "Б", "В" and "Д"; the original volume-spatial, material and structural designs; natural forest ecosystems, and the proportions of forest and built-up areas.

Moreover, plans for the first stage of construction of the eastern bypass tracks were made public in June 2015 and include the release of all transit vehicles between Berdsk highway and eastern bypass through Akademgorodok on Morskiy Avenue - cutting through the community centre and in close proximity to the research institutes of Akademgorodok. If such an option is implemented, the noise and air pollution will affect not only the preservation of the Cultural Heritage Site, but also the scientific work of the research institutes. The present street profile of Morskiy Avenue is not suited for mass transit transport, so the proposed scheme of organizing transport is also a public danger. All this stems directly from the fragmentation and incompleteness of the adopted Subject of Protection of the Cultural Heritage Site.

Therefore, in view of the exceptional value and significant size of the Novosibirsk Akademgorodok ensemble, the Subject of Protection should include every single part of the complex - not only individual sites and buildings, but all of its natural and urbanized areas, infrastructures facilities of the building setback lines of streets and driveways, shorelines of streams and bodies of water, and other spatial and compositional characteristics.

docomomo International is aware of the concern that the present situation has produced in architectural and conservation circles worldwide. We fully support our colleagues from Docomomo Russia and the group of experts involved in their efforts to save the invaluable architectural set. The vital importance of the Novosibirsk Akademgorodok ensemble as a historical urban plan, architectural, natural landscape and memorial complex requires the highest Protection Status - Federal.