A planning ‘vision’ for the strategic development of Irkutsk (Russia) - An international urban planning workshop entitled, «Stable development of big cities and agglomerations», was held as part of the 5th Edition of the Baikal Economic Forum of Irkutsk (Siberia). International experts discussed the development strategies of the Oblast (region) of Irkutsk in order to propose and outline possible transformations for the immediate future. Some of the main subjects addressed by participants in the workshop included the changes in progress in the region, the huge economic development resulting from energy sources and mining, the definition of some areas near lake Bajkal and the strategic plans for Irkutsk. The results were presented to representatives of central and regional government during the plenary session of the 5th Baikal Economic Forum. The participation of experts from research centres and universities in the country was significant.