In the last days of the outgoing year, a more than real threat of destruction loomed over the famous Children's World. On December 26, construction cranes appeared next to it, on the 28th, active work began to dismantle the internal structures. Arkhnadzor has circulated on the Internet its official appeal to the Moscow government with a request to stop this process. City activists are convinced that the work is being carried out illegally: the Department of Cultural Heritage of Moscow gave permission for them "in the absence of a complete set of project documentation approved by the heritage protection authorities." Let us remind you that a year ago, the Deputy Mayor of Moscow Marat Khusnullin promised to include in the protection object of the "Children's World" artistically valuable interior elements that could disappear during the reconstruction. However, this promise was never fulfilled. “Three tower cranes have been installed near Detsky Mir, jackhammers are working in the building from all sides, and heaps of concrete can be seen through the open doors of the basement. This could mean dismantling the ceilings, the destruction of the atrium, the collapse of all hopes,”writes Marina Khrustaleva in her blog on the Snob. Ru portal. In the comments to this post, the idea of collecting signatures in defense of the Children's World is now being discussed. A similar appeal by Khrustaleva on facebook is also actively spreading in the blogosphere. A constantly updated chronicle of current events is also published there.
On Wednesday morning, the blog of the Moscow Heritage Committee published the official comments of this structure regarding the destruction of Bykov's house on 2nd Brestskaya Street and the possible sale of the Palace on the Yauza (Vvedensky People's House). Employees of this department promise to conduct "regular unscheduled inspections" on the territory of the restored merchant mansion and monitor the "fulfillment of security obligations", which will be entrusted to the new owner of the Palace on the Yauza. The documents on the state protection of this building were submitted in 2008, and the results of the historical and cultural expertise will become known in 2012.
The unenviable fate of Detsky Mir, the Yauza Palace, the house of the merchant Bykov and other endangered buildings in the capital were actively discussed at the first meeting of the Arkhnadzor Press Club, which took place in the Apraksin-Trubetskoy Palace last week. The report from the scene was published in the blog of the city protection movement. The next meeting of Arkhnadzor representatives and journalists is scheduled for January 2012.
The architectural bureau AEDAS has been working on the project of a new microdistrict in Novosibirsk since this spring. An interview with a representative of the company, Polish architect Piotr Kalbarchyk, who spoke about the progress of the work, appeared in the Taiga-info blog. True, Kalbarchyk's theses about the European principles of neighborhood beautification and that high-rise residential construction is not popular in Europe did not find support from readers who believe that Russian architects would do an excellent job with the task, and the height of the building “depends solely on the will developer ".
In Perm, restrictions on the height of residential buildings were adopted. The city activist Denis Galitsky was the first to report this, having been following this story for a long time and convinced that such a regulation would bring harm to the city, not benefit. After the New Year holidays, Galitsky intends to fight for the cancellation of the decision.
In Sevastopol, during the work on strengthening the coast, most of the coastal battery No. 14, a historical monument from the time of the Second Defense of the city (1941-1942), was destroyed. “The level of vandalism is amazing - to demolish practically the entire flank of the battery in order to carry out bank protection works? But now it will be possible to build elite houses in place of the battery,”writes Alexey Starkov in his blog. The author assumes that "a unique fortification complex that has changed over forty years" is being prepared for demolition, and promises to closely monitor its fate. The activists-town rights defenders of the Sevastopol City Forum have already informed the representatives of the local media and public-patriotic organizations about what is happening and are ready to collect signatures in defense of the historical monument.
Inspector VOOPIiK Oleg Bukin commented in his online diary on the demolition of Panfilov's estate in the center of Yekaterinburg. Only now the regional prosecutor's office has begun checking on the fact of the destruction of the architectural monument, which took place this summer. According to Bukin, the regional Ministry of Culture gave permission for the demolition of the monument, "allowing the owner of the site on which Panfilov's estate was located, in the future to dispose of the territory at his own discretion." According to information available to Bukin, we are talking about the construction of a nine-storey hotel on the site of a demolished cultural heritage site.
And at the end of our review - a photo report from the northeast of the capital, dedicated to the art of graffiti and published in the community "Cities and Areas of Russia". Street art artists placed their colorful works on the facades of the Khrushchev houses located near the Babushkinskaya metro station. Now these graffiti not only add variety to the static landscape of the sleeping area, but also attract the attention of amateur photographers from all over Moscow.