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Urban Planning Portfolio Georgi Avetisyan

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Urban Planning


Georgi Avetisyan

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Urban Planning Portfolio

Portfolio includes different types of Urban Planning projects highlighting authors educational or professional background. Each of chosen projects are addressed to show the abilities and knowledge of the author. Thus the introduced projects are:

1. Master Thesis investigates problems of shrinking cities which is relevant problem in different parts of the world. The project area was chosen city of Goris, Republic of Armenia. Thesis is a detailed research of the region and international experience based on which a strategy of sustainable revitalization was developed.

2. Master Plan: shows a studio project for development of a small town in Italy called Gaggiano. This studio project was done in 2014 during exchange semester in Politechnico di Milano.

3. “RAO Mars” Free Economic Zone was realized in 2012 with the territory of an abandoned factory, becoming authors first experience in creative reuse of productive areas. Here author was taking part in negotiations, designing of master plan and development of entrance. It is an unique example of Free Economic Zone called “RAO Mars” opened for use starting from 2013.

Georgi Avetisyan - Architecture and Urban Planning

Member of Architectural Union of Republic of Armenia from 2013

Msc Urban Agglomerations (Urban Sustainable Planning) Frankfurt University of Applied Science, Frankfurt am Main Germany (2015)Exchange seseter in Politechniko di Milano, Milan Italy (2014)

Master of Architeture (2006)Yerevan state University of Architecture and Construction, Yerevan Armenia


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Master Thesis

Sustainability Vision for the City of Goris, Armenia

2.Ideas into Practice

3. Networking

and Circulating

4.Platform for Delivery

5.Market and


1.Idea Generating Capacity

Common Milieu for GorisAdministrative Area



Master Thesis, Urban Agglomerations, University of Applied Science, Frankfurt am Main

Research Area for the Master Thesis was chosen the city of Goris. It is located on the south part of Republic of Armenia (RA), in province called Syunik (141,000 person), about 235 km far from capital city Yerevan. After the independence of RA (in 1991) the city faced number of economic problems, subsequently it is declining. During last 24 years it lost about 15%of population (in 2011 about 20600). So the city needs a revitalization strategy.So the Research Question is: How to revitalize city of Goris in Armenia through sustainable planning?

In order to answer the research question at first was done a research of the city and its surroundings. This research shows that the city is important transportation hub, it hosts nationally important industry that is electricity production (Hydroelectric power plant, 20% of national energy) and medical centers that services all the province and NKR. Meanwhile almost all the productive areas are abandoned. The commercial activity is also in low level (empty commercial spaces and high level of unemployment). The city has also environmental problems because of lacking waste and wastewater management. However governmental and non-governmental sources are highlighting the touristic and health care potentials of the area. Based on the existing situation two best practices were found.Best Practice1: “Huddersfield Creative Town” is an example of revitalization of a city that had lost its industrial power. Here the local government organized a collaboration between different social groups in order to generate ideas of reusing these spaces and evolve these ideas in to income generating mechanisms. The result was better than expected, many ideas were developed in to creative industries and nationally popular companies (TV channels, recording offices or ateliers).

Best Practice 2: “Healthy Region” is located in South of Germany, next to Nurnberg. A town called Hersbruck in collaboration with surrounding villages created a “Healthy Region”. This revitalization program was based on collaboration of the existing factors that are:1. Mobility- using a public transportation (bus, train) connection with surrounding bigger cities (Nurnberg) plus hiking and mountain biking routs in the nature around the city.2. Local culture- developing traditional food, agriculture, crafts, hospitality and festivals. Also preserving vernacular architecture and open public spaces.3. Public-private partnership-creating collaboration between government, health care companies, local farmers, touristic organizations, existing hiking and mountain biking infrastructure (natural environment)Based on existing conditions of research area and international experience a concept of revitalization was created. This concept called “Common Milieu” is aimed on creation of favorable conditions for developing the potentials of the region. Thus favorable condition or Common Milieu is based on developing Creative Society, Tourism and Health Care institutions.1.Creative Society: the city has many unused industrial spaces with functioning infrastructure and economically active society.2.Touristic: the city and region has number of touristic attractions, unique culture and architecture plus some touristic infrastructure (under development).3.Health Care: the region has favorable natural conditions for health care and existing health care institutions

All these three milieus are supported by number of common factors. These milieus can be developed separately or in collaboration with each other. Thus the development of these factors means number of implementations in Transportation, Zoning, Public Space & Environment, Social and Web & Media sectors. Meanwhile before these implementations the city has to create a new brand that will highlight the new directions of the development. This is aimed on attracting new people and giving a hint about a new king of urban environment. So the development of mentioned sectors consists of recommendations:· Transportation sector is a creation of a Smart Bus system that connects Yerevan, International Airport and areas of province (cities and villages) with city of Goris. For this a new central bus station must be created in the city of Goris. Inside the region Smart Bus system will make a more flexible system connecting city with surrounding villages (all villages). Mountain biking treks and hiking routs has to be installed in all the region and enter to the city. ·Z oning: is basically creation of detailed map (real-time map) that will show the existing touristic attractions and infrastructures, conditions of health care institutions, local hospitality, and services, industrial and commercial areas. This will highlight potentials of future development of the area for each milieu.·P ublic Space and Environment: must connect different kind of milieus in the city by creating attractive open spaces, cycling and walking infrastructure. Due to its appropriate location inside the city the river can be developed in to Waterfront Park connecting North-South. Some streets in the city center can be changed in to pedestrian ones. Waste management: the city government has to stop illegal garage droppings and start waste division. Wastewater management: as the city government cannot afford a standard waste water cleaning plant, some chip and innovative solutions has to be realized. One of solutions (chipset one) can be the creation of wetlands that are cleaning wastewater by the natural vegetation. Other solution is creation of Biogas plant which is cleaning waste water and in the process of cleaning it is conserving the bio gas. So the biogas can be sold either to national energy provider, or to public transportation providers (the public transport runs by natural gas).·

Social Sector: Local government has to organize a program for rising the social activity of citizens and showing the importance of society in solving problems of urban environment also run a program of developing a creative society in order to use generated ideas for redevelopment of empty industrial spaces. ·W eb & Media: the city government wants to develop a smart city in Goris. This can become a tool for reinforcing the developments all the mentioned sectors. For example, giving information about the area, developing Smart transport, connecting it with the Smart city. Communal Services and educations can also be improved through this web content. Economic development can be highlighted (detailed) in this web environment. Information about possible usage of the empty industrial spaces as well as about existing businesses or services can be available in this portal. The Zoning map can be placed and refreshed in this web page (used for business and creative society). Local government must use this opportunity to inform about their decisions and changes. As well as for receiving feedbacks, opinions or complains of residents (village or city). Thus the thesis is including different kind of research and a strategy which is biased on existing human and environmental “wealth”. It shows that the answer of the research question is through developing of: Transportation, Zoning, Public Spaces, Waste and Waste water management, Social Sector, Web & Media.

0.Stakholders, local &


1. Generate ideas and projects

2. Ideas into reality

3. Networking, circulating, marketing

4. Delivery mechanisms

5. Market and


Cycle of Creativity for Huddersfield

Common milieu for Goris

Cycle of Creativity for Goris

Zonning and Public Space map of Goris

Map of Republic of Armenia

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Master Plan

“Open Gate” Gaggiano near Milan, Italy

This project was done in Politechnico di Milano during exchange semester in 2014. Chosen site was a small town (about 8000 inhabitants) on south of Milan called Gaggiano. The project had three main parts: research of the area; development of a strategic plan and implementationof the strategic plan. During the research our group (4 students) highlighted that the town was attractive for living but it had lack of recreational and entertainment infrastructures.The agricultural infrastructures are another asset for economic growth. The road passing through connects other cities with Milan. Also or group found many empty warehouses (not operating) and green areas. According to this we propose Gaggiano as a gate between agriculture and cities around Gaggiano.Thus, our strategy aimed at creating a new logistic system for Gaggiano, connecting all agricultural assets around the town; improving transportation system; making Gaggiano an attractive recreational and entertainment place for the region. In order to implement this strategy several focus points were chosen. These points ought to lead to further development according to our strategy. We created new open spaces available for public transportation, reorganized the landscape into green belt in between agricultural land and town, connected this open spaces and green belt by green corridors (pedestrian and cycling paths). So the project intends to have a square next to the channel, connected with green belt and open spaces. This square will attract commercial activities and investments due to new open market (mainly for agricultural products), new transportation system and new housing thus becoming the "Gate" between agriculture and urban environment.

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“RAO Mars” Free Economic Zone

Area Development Project “ RAO Mars”

Like many Post Soviet countries after demilition fo Soviet Uniojn in Armenia many abandoned idustrial spaces has left. One of them was “Mars” factry in subarbes of Yerevan City. Some areas of the factory were rented as a warehouse; others were closed. In 2012, throughcollaboration between the Yerevan Computer Research & Development Institute (YCRDI), OSC "Sitronics" (Russia), government of Armenia and the government of the Russian Federation a project of transforming the factory into a Free Economic Zone (FEZ) was started.FEZ means that everything produced inside the territory of "RAO Mars" is free of taxation. Everything entering or coming out of this territory had to be checked that's why a customs checkpoint was constructed next to the main entrance (also for trucks). FEZ was opened in 2013 and currently houses different kinds of high technical and chemical production sites. My role in this project was negotiation with local government concerning reorganization and further development of master plan. Also re-zoning of existing areas and designing of new entrance with customs checkpoint.This is an unique examples of creative use of old productive areas and a public-private partnership. Being a pilot project FEZ can be considered as a model for similar areas in and out of country.

Development Project

“RAO Mars” Free Economic Zone, Yervan Armenia