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25.02.2015 - 26.02.2015

Cultures of Shrinking - Visaginas: International Workshop on Post-Industrial Cities in the Baltics

Visaginas has undergone a radical transition from rapid growth under conditions of Soviet planned, mono-functional industrial development to dramatic shrinkage under those of a multilateral and multi-scalar competitive determination of resources and workplaces. The urban structure of Visaginas was planned from scratch in the context of short-term economic abundance created by the construction of the adjacent Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (1975-2009). For this reason, Visaginas is considered one of the best examples of a centrally planned mono-functional urban unit in the Baltics, highly successful in terms of architectural decisions, quality of living and human capital. Because of the rapid Soviet mode of urbanization, the Visaginas population historically consisted of nuclear scientists, engineers, construction workers and their family members brought from the entire Soviet Union, while it was mainly the nuclear power plant and collectively constructed housing blocks that facilitated local belonging and enabled identification with place.

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