My assignment was to create a vision/master-plan for the area around town's major railway station. I have used field trip materials from my collegues, did my own distant research, and used my own previously done data analysis work to understand the area better. As a result of research I saw that the territory lacked even basic infrastructure like sidewalks and pedestrian crossings, street lights, had chaotic car/bus circulation, no clear wayfinding whatsoever (even though people have to change between 3 modes of transport here: rail, town bus and coach) and is not a pleasant place to be overall, even though most people come to Achinsk by rail, so it is a front yard for the town in a sense.
First and foremost I have proposed to equip the area with all basic elements of pedestrian infrastructure, such as sidewalks, pedestrian crossings with direct illumination in right places. Secondly, one of the most important aspects to transforming the area is changing geometry of streets and other areas around the railway stations for safety puposes and intuitive and visually appealing functional zoning. There are quite a few scenarios of flows around Achinsk railway station: people switching from rail to coach, from coach to town bus, from rail going into town on foot, from rail to town bus and some others. That is why intuitive functional zoning is crucial for navigating flows of people, cars and buses safely to the right places.
I've also added to my proposal a transportation hub part: to create actual platforms with a roof for coaches, electronic timetables, benches to sit and standing benches, plus a roof straight from railway hall to coaches so that the switch of transportation modes will be "dry". There also have to be a proper platform/bus stop for town bus.
As for constructon of the block, which is already happening, I have proposed to make buildings lower close to water tower and railway and build up a bit higher to a level of current buildings (cascading). In cooperation with my collegues I have proposed to revitalize old water tower into infocenter and museum for tourists and locals (with exhibitions for Krasnoyars or all over the region for that purpose). In my opinion those functions are only natural here as the tower is visible from exits of the railway station and will serve both as attraction and time better spent, especially for those waiting here to switch from one train to another.
Below you can see the project cut into a number of stages for implementation: from crucial and tactical to strategic.