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Sustainable Cities and Communities

A city of emigration in the era of rapid urbanization

The world is experiencing a huge wave of urbanization from rural to urban areas. Cities are attracting talented people, innovative enterprises, capital flows. Cities are becoming full of young people, crowded public spaces, endless traffic. While that is not the case of Gyumri. In the last three decades, more than 50,000 people have left the city, which was once known for its artistic life, engineering brain, and creative spirit. How to revive the spirit of Gyumri that was broken after the 1988 Earthquick? This the objective of The Distrikt.

Gyumi Fountain
An old fountain - one the symbols of Gyumri.

Gyumri Green City Action Plan

Migration is not the sole problem, but rather a consequence of many social-economical and environmental challanges. Affordable housing, infrastructure investment, sustainable transportation, access to public and green spaces, sustainable buildings, and resilience to natural disasters – the city needs lots of investment to become attractive for newcomers. The  Gyumri Green City Action Plan is one of the strategic roadmaps that aims to solve these problems. For implementing the action plan city needs huge financial and human resources. For a small city with an emigration flow, the problem is the investment. This what The Distrikt is.

Photo Credit: Narek Aleksanyan

The Distrikt: Gyumri Urban Regeneration

The Distrikt is an investment, showcase, and pilot project for Gyumri’s urban regeneration and for the Gyumri Green City Action Plan implementation by 2035.

  • Public Green Spaces

    10,000 trees planting project and ecosystem recovery with the combination of mixed-use urban planning.

  • Green Buildings

    Green and passive building technology

  • Local Food

    Local aquaponics farming and supply by the local farmers

  • Clean Energy

    Solar energy, geothermal heating and cooling, and biogas as the main energy sources

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

The Distrikt contributes to the SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities. The goal is to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.

SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
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Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.


Cities have become epicenters for confronting climate change, harnessing renewable energy, and mitigating pollution. The city plans striving for sustainability are many. Easy solutions are few.