Elena Grigoryeva


The topic of this issue is “Banks”. The notion of bank has many meanings and contradictions. It is a border,
a margin, an edge, behind which there is something unknown. But a bank is also a link, a threshold that is
crossed by something new. The current condition of architecture (both as a profession and philosophy) is
generally perceived like this: we find ourselves on a bank beyond which the familiar ends and the unknown
A prominent architectural theorist and methodologist, Alexander Rappaport celebrates his anniversary this
year. To convey anniversary greetings to one of its favorite authors and to make a present for his funs
from Irkutsk and Krasnoyarsk, Project Baikal publishes a selection of his articles and articles about him, and
even two new discussions initiated by him (28-42).
The Lena, the Angara, the Yenisei, the Tom… The Siberian rivers carry their waters to the north, the
Arctic Ocean. Our cities are located on the banks. The natural skeleton of the cities is formed by these great
rivers and their tributaries – the Irkut, the Ushakovka, the Kacha, the Ushaika… Improved embankments are a very important part of the system of public spaces and, as usual, are a popular meeting place. That is why the recent biggest projects for Yakutsk, Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk and Tomsk deal with this issue.
Irkutsk has been waiting so long for the moment when Gagarin Boulevard and Nizhnyaya Embankment meet.
The industrial zone of the Central Power Station is located in the city center, near the Eternal Flame
Square and the oldest Church of Our Savior, preventing the access to the riverside. The recent competition
demonstrated various development concepts for this historical district (73-83). A new Concert Hall which
will be located on the bank of the cold Angara River is supposed to become a new architectural identity of
the city.
Do metropolitan areas have banks or will their development sprawl and cross all borders? To continue
the dialogue with the guest of Zodchestvo of Eastern Siberia, Timur Bashkaev, we return to the theme which
is urgent not only for capitals, but also for regional centers – the theme of artificial platforms (140-143).
The thaw period was a kind of bank from which our country set sail towards unexplored horizons. The
series on the Moscow Palace of Young Pioneers is continued by the article by Felix Novikov (144-151),
who writes about the history of the design of this wonderful building, today’s monument of architecture
of Soviet modernism.



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