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Eva Radionova

Keynote Speaker, Novascapes, Olanda

Biography

Eva Radionova graduated at the Moscow State University faculty of Geography, chair of Bio-geography. During her university years, she developed an interest on introduction of new plants in the urban environment. She worked at the botanical garden and introduced a collection of new perennial plants in the climate of Russia. The purpose of this study was to identify a specific group of plants adapted to the conditions of big cities and suitable for landscaping. This became the basis of her post-graduation studies (PhD). Simultaneously, she started to design landscapes and gardens.

Based on botanical and bio – geographical knowledge she started design the creation healthy landscapes in a polluted city. She collaborated with the main botanical gardens in Amsterdam, Paris and Moscow on Urban landscapes.

In 2003, she started at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, and worked for various landscape – architectural firms, and further developed her ideas landscape urbanism and the creation of sustainable urban environment.

She has worked for InsideOutside and OKRA landscape architects for over 10 years. She worked on projects in China, Belgium, the Netherlands, Turkey, Greece and Russia. In 2012 she founded Novascape, one of the work areas of it being is to create a comfortable urban environment in terms of landscape and urban design.

Additionally, she is involved in teaching, lecturing, organization of workshops and exhibitions. In 2013-2014 worked as a representative of the Academy of Architecture of Amsterdam for the development and exchange of educational programs in Eastern Europe.

One of her latest initiatives is a traveling exhibition about Dutch historical parks in Russia. Realized with the support of the Embassy of the Netherlands.

Recently, through her company Novascapes, she has been working on projects in cities dealing with extreme and challenging ecological and climate conditions. Most of the interventions and designs are based on the history and potential of the place.  Novascape is taking local qualities and knowledge of the place to generate new contexts and meaning.

Presentation:

Overcrowded cities, destruction of nature inside the city, increased pollution and overcrowded cities make us to think about a new space for living.

Landscape architecture from the beginning of 21 century attempts to “green” cities, bringing nature back to the people and creating comfortable urban space. However, this is not enough.

Climate change, environmental degradation, reduced quality of life, resource scarcity and natural disasters occur more often and on a larger scale. We are witnessing some large-scale socio-political changes taking place with the sensational speed.

It is not any more about just one discipline pushing for new, healthy spaces in cities.

New approaches should be based on the understanding that the creation of the future quality of urban space requires participation of many disciplines, such as a sociology, social geography, ecology, innovative technology, landscape architecture, urban planning etc.

We will present examples of projects in Rotterdam, Athens and the Arctic area we on approaches combining expertise form various disciplines to create a healthy environment and high-quality urban space.

Awards

2014 Winer Russian National Award on Landscape Architecture

2012 Public space award Belgium

2012 Honorable mention 7e Biennale Barcelona

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Description of the projects for the presentation

ROTTERDAM – WESTERKADE EN PARKKADE (NL)

Client: Municipality of Rotterdam, DS + V,

Surface: 2,5 Ha

dates: Studies 2008-2009, In construction since 2010-2011

Budget: 5,5 Million Euro

From the vision of the ‘Connected City’ that was made for the center of Rotterdam arose several challenging projects for refurnishing public space. The quays in Rotterdam are the perfect place where the relationship between the center and the river Maas can be experienced. The Westerkade undergoes a metamorphosis from informal parking area to an attractive and lively green spot along the water of the river.

Korenmarkt Mechelen (Be)

Design for the historical area of Korenmarkt, Kathelijnekerkhof and various streetscapes

Nieuwe Melaan Mechelen, Nomination Rosa Barba Prijs 2009, Barcelona

Public space award Belgium 2012

Client: Stad Mechelen

Surface:                     25.000 m2

Budget                        € 2.500.000

Design for the historical area of, Korenmarkt and various streetscapes The Melaan has been excavated and newly landscaped in the old city center of Mechelen. By bringing back the water into the profile of the Melaan, this place is given back its logic, and has become attractive and livable once more. Water has become the catalyst of this urban development. Multiple aims are served by an integral approach: archaeology, mobility on land and on water, a tourist axis and the renewed city center all form essential aspects of the development. A route line and a water line express the asymmetrical character of the place. A curved road trace delineates the scene, and the zone between the stream and the route over the Melaan is designed as a low quay to linger.

ATHENS – Rethinking Athens (GR)

Client: Municipality of Athens

Surface: 25 Ha

dates: Studies 2013-2014

Budget: 25 Million Euro

The plan makes an intervention in the city and aims to take the development of Athens another step further. It’s a big step, a leap forward, bringing the vision for the new metropolitan center into momentum. Changing the heart of Athens into a true contemporary metropolitan city center requires transformation of the city triangle into a lively part of the city. Newly gained space, because of the major step towards a walkable city by reducing car traffic in this area, can be transformed into a vibrant, green and accessible heart of the city. Project use contemporary ideas on climate

control, reduction of vehicular movement and programming public realm one step beyond: into an integrated proposal, creating a resilient, accessible and vibrant city, not just limited by its project borders, but linking this area to its adjacent areas and being a catalyst for the whole city. Crucial part of the new transformation is that heat mitigation of public realm will be realized, which will be an issue in many European cities within the forthcoming years.

The project presents the design of the team work of different offices: OKRA, Mixst Urbanism, WUR, Studio 75, WSGT, Atelier Roland Jeol, LDK, NAMA with support from Onassis Foundation and Attiko Metro.

Forgotten Yauza, Moscow (RU)

Client: Dutch Cultural heritage Agency

Surface 90 Ha

Dates: Studies 2010-2013

Winer Russian National Award on Landscape Architecture 2014

Research, landscape vision and conceptual design.

Through the exponential growth of Moscow during the last centuries, many of its rivers have undergone rigorous changes, lost their functions. Through the scarce available public parks and river embankments, Moscow become a difficult livable city. The project involves the revitalizing of Yauza river, the largest tributary of Moscow river. The aim of the project is create a „conscious” public water landscape by bringing together historical structures along the river with industrial areas. The main targets are water storage with cleaning function, improving water quality and ecological value of the river, improving accessibility, reducing dominance of infrastructure surrounding the river and turning river into a public park. The project is divided into three areas of different character: the water park, the city park and podium park.

Park of Extremes (RU)

Client: Municipality of Yakutsk

Surface: 1,5 Ha

dates: Studies 2016-2015

Budget: 300 000 Euro

This pilot project – a cross between a small park and a courtyard for four residential blocks – is designed to both tackle the challenges of extreme climate.

Yakutsk, capital of the vast Sakha Republic in Russia’s far north, is a city of extremes.

It is just south of the Arctic Circle and the area is covered in permafrost.

In addition to having being the city with largest seasonal temperature differences, Yakutsk, with a population of 350,000, is also the world’s biggest city to be situated in such a climate.

Therefore the city administration have initiated research into the design and development of the city’s first quality public space project –the park of Extremes, also known as Teacher’s Boulevard.

To overcome these challenges the design turned to traditional materials and approaches, using permeable surfaces such as traditional wooden paving, gravel/sand mix and local plants well adapted to the conditions. The park collect and redirect what little snow and rain water there is and channel it to provide healthy plant growth and to avoid salinization of the soil.