Ambitious plans and the desire to leave: why Meschyan leaves the post of chief architect of Yerevan

YEREVAN, Aug 4 — Sputnik. chief architect Arthur meschyan was ready to fight to the end to solve the problems of the capital, but he was interrupted. Such opinion the former chief architect of Yerevan (1991-1993), President of the Chamber of architects of Armenia Mkrtich Minasyan said in an interview Sputnik Armenia, commenting on the decision Meschyan to leave the post.

Earlier, the mayor Hayk Marutyan said that in October of this year, Arthur meschyan at his own request will leave his post. According to the mayor, Meschyan at the very beginning of its activity on this post said that will work with the city administration for two years, and then a personal business.

“I am personally acquainted with Arthur, he is a very determined person and carefully addressed the problems of Yerevan. But there were too many, and a long struggle kills a man. For example, property rights or lease many sites in Yerevan was transferred to the long term, in addition, he had not managed to stop the process of legalization of unauthorized constructions,” said Minasyan.

“Revolutionary” architect of the Armenian capital promised the residents implement programs for the construction of two metro stations, cable cars, and also the project of “Old Yerevan”. However, all this remained on paper.

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According to Minasyan, the implementation of the plans Meschyan could prevent the situation with coronavirus.

“Immediately after the “velvet revolution” the city has lost many investors, and while there are new, have a pandemic coronavirus. In my opinion, it was necessary to use the “coronavirus break” and create a model that would free the city from illegal buildings,” – says the architect.

In turn, the former head of the Metropolitan administrative district of Kentron (Center) Viktor Mnatsakanyan, who more than a year worked with Meccano, is also concerned about the imminent resignation of the chief architect of Yerevan. In an interview with Sputnik , he said that Meschyan – expert in his field.

“Arthur meschyan – bright man, one of the best Armenian architects, year of our work together was remembered that he quickly and adequately solved the problems of the city. Despite this, we hope that it will be the last chief architect of Yerevan. Yerevan need a chief urban planner, not an architect, i.e. the person not only for city planning but also in transport, environment, sociology, etc.,” said Mnatsakanyan.

According to him, the city lacks a common development strategy. Citing the case of felled trees in the Park Mashtots (square Missak Manouchian), Mnatsakanyan noted that the fight against individual cases ineffective.

“Today, we fight from behind the four trees in the Park, and tomorrow will cut six trees in any yard that escape the attention of many residents and city authorities. I hope that the new Minister of the environment (Romanos Petrosyan – ed.) will pay attention to the issue of preservation of parks and green areas”, – concluded the former prefect of Kentron district.

Arthur meschyan was appointed chief architect of Yerevan on 23 October 2018. Meschyan – an architect, he is also the author-artist of several dozen songs, the leader of the rock group “the Apostles”. Since the late 80s lived in the United States. In 1996 he was invited to the position of chief architect of Yerevan. After working for several months in 1997 he resigned the position and returned to the States. Since the mid-2000s lives in Armenia. The author of two well-known projects in the capital: the new building of Museum-Institute of ancient manuscripts Matenadaran Museum-Institute of Komitas.

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