Tashkent, Uzbekistan - Bonu Azizova, a researcher in the project VEGERA at the University of Applied Sciences Eberswalde (HNEE), has been conducting extensive research in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Over the course of several months, Ms. Azizova carried out around 10 site visits in the city of Tashkent and the surrounding region, working with local academics, stakeholders, and entrepreneurs.
The site visits included excursions to the historic areas and old neighbourhoods of Tashkent city, capturing the essence of its architectural heritage through extensive photographic coverage. To further collect data in these areas, Ms. Azizova focused on typologies, house designs, building materials, and structures.
A significant proportion of the project's interviews focused on architecture, agroforestry, and material use. Azizova's research also included initial data collection on the Paulownia tree, a relatively new species to the Uzbek construction market. The study compared the characteristics of the paulownia tree with existing tree species in the region and explored its potential for future applications.
The Center for International Forestry Research and World Agroforestry (CIFOR-ICRAF) is expected to expand on this research in the future. The initial reporting phase is nearing completion, with project leaders and professors reviewing details for further analysis.