Our analytics provide an unprecedented insight into the unique culture and trends of each individual city, and this understanding will enable architects, urban planners, and developers to successfully evolve and improve individual monotowns based on the changing needs and wants of their citizens.

Monotowns span a wide range of topographical, natural, and historical conditions, and represent a wide range of twentieth century planning styles. Therefore, improving the quality of life in these cities requires an individualized, careful analysis of each site’s networks, perceptions, and activities.

While SPIN Unit has previously studied and consulted on measuring the quality of life of urban spaces in other European cities (including London, Moscow, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Moscow), the study of monotowns provided a unique challenge, as no initial economic or demographic information was available and they are evenly distributed over all the Russian territory, making it impossible to carry out surveys. Using our data, we measured and compared the quality of life of each city based on the number of activities occurring in a city, and the distribution of these activities. A city with a high number of activities, evenly distributed across its urban space, was considered to be more vibrant and varied

More on the monotowns project’s website  available in Russian.

Full report on methodology, data analytics, and results is under exclusive Strelka licence until 2018, and cannot be currently released by SPIN.

The hidden life of 32 monotowns

Measuring the quality of life of Russian industrial cities

Using social media data, the SPIN Unit team has been revealing and researching the ‘invisible lives’ of 32 Russian monotowns for which there was no extant base data. Our main goal was to study human activity patterns to assess the quality of life of remote industrial cities in Russia.
  • ClientStrelka KB
  • DateNov 2016
  • OutcomesReport and data
  • TeamDamiano Cerrone, Raul Kalvo, Panu Lehtovuori, Daniel Giovannini, Daniele Quercia, Luca Maria Aiello, Rossano Schifanella, Maria Valese, Herbert Natta, Jesús López Baeza, Irene Cotroneo, Sophie Gleizes, Zon Sutjarit, Kaisa Lindström, Helen Pau
  • LicensingProperty of Strelka KB
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