15 Mar 2013: CEES Seminar
Issued: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 17:42:00 BST
Urban development in Post-Soviet city: Case of Baku
Professor Anar Valiyev
Dean, School of Public and International Affairs, Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy
Erasmus Mundus IMRCEES Visiting Scholar
4pm, Room 916, Adam Smith Building
Baku, the capital of the Azerbaijan Republic, was one of the major industrial cities in the Soviet Union. In contrast, the post-Soviet development of Baku has witnessed a major reconstruction with grandiose construction projects, which is meant to turn the city into a global city. Consequently, the urban landscape has been transformed in many parts of the city, while informal settlements and a deteriorating environment have become the main scourges of Baku. However, while the administration has attempted to follow the model of Dubai, in practice, the urban development is characteristically chaotic due to the absence of effective regulation and planning. Indeed, with the continued influx of oil revenue, the city is spending vast sums on new projects, buildings and infrastructure without any apparent strategic plan.
The lecture would identify the key forces and processes underlying the transformation of Baku and looks at the problems haunting the city.
Enquiries: Ammon.Cheskin@glasgow.ac.uk, +44 (0)141 330 2845/5585