Boyukshor lake rehabilitation
location: Baku, Azerbaijan
collaborators: GA, KOTSІUBA, SUEZ, TAMIZ SHAHAR JSC.
authors: Maria Andriyenko, Olena Danylenko, Serhiy Ferley, Anton Gerasymovych, Mitya Gurin, Lilit Hakopyan, Andriy Helenyk, Viktor Herasymenko, Maksym Kotsiuba, Marianna Krivoruchko, Anton Oliynyk, Maria Pakhomova, Daria Podoltseva, Lina Polianskaya, Tavifa Ponomarenko, Egor Shtefan, Irina Sheptuha, Anna Vasilyeva, Daria Voitenko, Vlodco Zotov.
A GREEN BOYUKSHOR
Our vision is formed by the evident urbanization processes taking place on the Absheron Peninsula and affecting the Greater Baku region. The rates at which these processes spread allow to assume that most of the Boyukshor Lake district can be absorbed by the city by the end of the construction works.
The area is near the lake and within relatively easy reach from the Olympic Stadium, from Baku center, from the airport, from two Metro lines and from Absheron’s North Coast that is already a popular recreational zone. These factors allow to assume that the area has good potential for future development.
So far the district is viewed as a very polluted one, and there is a local tradition of choosing residential districts near family. Both factors can slow down the development at this point.
Interviews with city dwellers and real estate agents show that it will not be enough to de-pollute the territory for people to change their attitude.
Therefore it’s important to create an environment transformation concept that can compete with the stereotypical perception of this land as ‘dirty’ and show people that it has potential and value.