OMK-Uchastiye Charity Foundation Publishes a Guide on Developing Public Spaces in Small Towns

The Create Your Own Town guide on developing public spaces in small urban communities was developed and published by the OMK-Uchastiye Charity Foundation and the 8 Lines Design Team. 

The guide is based on the unique experiences of transforming courtyard spaces and decorating such spaces with items of urban design and objets d'art in the town of Vyksa (Nizhniy Novgorod Region) as part of the Art-Ovrag Festival of Urban Culture. The festival is held annually and co-sponsored by the United Metallurgical Company (AO OMK) and the OMK-Uchastiye Charity Foundation (Moscow). The guide presents proven algorithms for planning urban projects as well as successful instances of sustainable development strategies for public spaces, and describes the roles of representatives of different groups (town residents, administration, businesses), as well as success criteria for completed projects. 

The Create Your Own Town publication will be of use to municipal officials and specialists in the development of urban spaces. The publication will help improve the methods and the approaches to design, to resident engagement in the construction of the urban environment, in creating a set of conditions conducive to replicating the wealth of experience accumulated by the United Metallurgical Company and its partners in creating a comfortable urban environment in the town of Vyksa. 

The guide will be published as a book and a video. Both will be presented at the first National Conference on Small Urban and Historical Communities to revitalize small towns by engaging local residents in cultural practices to be held between October 5 and 7, 2018 in Vyksa. The conference was co-sponsored by the OMK-Uchastiye Charity Foundation and the Russian Ministry of Construction and the Utilities. The conference is organized using a presidential grant for the development of civil society.

The electronic version of the Create Your Own Town guide will be available at the Art-Ovrag Festival website at and the conference website at once the conference is over.

Printed copies are available at the offices of the OMK-Uchastiye Foundation (28 Ozerkovskaya embankment, bldg. 2, Moscow) as well as at the VYKSA art residence library (4 Vavilina street, Vyksa) upon prior request that can be forwarded to

300 copies of the guide will be forwarded to the executives of Russian monotowns and to universities engaged in urban studies. Every conference delegate will also receive a copy.