Best practices for creating contemporary housing and urban environments from eight federal districts in Russia in the format of five-minute presentations.
North-West Federal Region. Kaliningrad
Martin Biewenga, Architect, partner at Dutch firm West 8 urban design & landscape architecture BV
The renovation project for the area in the centre of Kaliningrad
West 8 urban design & landscape architecture BV is working on the reconstruction project of the area in front of the House of Soviets in Kaliningrad, a long term construction project. The building itself is to become an office center, and the territory around it will transform into a park area in the center of the city. West 8 is planning to unite the separate green areas, from the park near the Lower Lake up to Kant Island, with a single landscape design.
Southern Federal Region. Krasnodar
Igor Markov, Architect, director of gmp international
The multifunctional recreation complex in Krasnodar
A few years ago Russian businessman Sergei Galitsky built in Krasnodar with his own funds a stadium with a capacity of 34,000 spectators, heated seats, and a screen to shield fans from rain. In the fall of 2017, another project he commissioned was completed: a 22.7 hectare landscape park in Krasnodar. Urban planning experts call it one of the best parks in Russia and refer to it as “Krasnodar’s Zaryadye Park.”
Volga Federal Region. Saratov, Kazan
Dmitry Tepin, Minister of Construction and Housing and Communal Services of the Saratov Region
Spatial regulations as an instrument for the development of Saratov’s historical area
The historical center of Saratov occupies 5% of the total area of the city, which is almost two times larger than in other Russian cities. In 2017, the government of the Saratov region introduced spatial regulations for the city center — this is the first such case in Russian practice. The spatial regulations regulate the amount of glazing in new buildings, the height of first floors, the quality of materials, that is, all types of elements in new buildings and structures so that they would not conflict with the already formed urban environment and would help the city to develop further.
Natalia Fishman, Assistant to the President of the Republic of Tatarstan
Implementation of the program for the development of public spaces in the Republic of Tatarstan
Led by Natalia Fishman, Assistant to the President of the Republic of Tatarstan, the development of public spaces program is being implemented in the region for the fourth year, which included the renovation of 267 parks, embankments, pedestrian streets, plazas and squares across all of Tatarstan’s municipal regions. Each project is developed together with local residents, and the practice of participatory design used in Tatarstan became mandatory for 12 thousand municipalities across Russia in 2017. Within the framework of the program, open international competitions and social research is conducted and educational workshops are held to improve the skills of Tatarstan’s architects: the program facilitates a systematic accumulation of local competencies in design and construction.
North Caucasus Region. Grozny
Milana Sadaeva, Deputy Mayor of Grozny
The Hussein bin Talal Park as a driver of urban development
The Hussein bin Talal in Grozny will open this spring. The space is far from main city routes and previously was not popular among citizens, but today it aspires to become a place that draws in people into this outlying area, surrounded by commercial facilities and private housing. The new design of the park was developed by the Norwegian office Snøhetta (reconstruction of Times Square, the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion) jointly with Strelka KB and commissioned by DOM.RF.
Central Region. Belgorod
Evgeniy Glagolev, Deputy Governor of the Belgorod Region
Novaya Zhizn: a district in Belgorod with apartments for young specialists at reduced cost
In 2017, the government of the Belgorod region began construction of the new district Novaya Zhizn (“New Life”). The project is to provide young specialists with ready, high-quality housing at reduced cost, one and a half below market prices. The area that they will move into as soon as in the summer of 2018 includes everything essential for life, from furnished apartments to kindergartens.
Ural Region. Tyumen
Sergey Kolesnikov, Commercial Director at Partner-Stroy
Ozhogina residential complex: how to make ground floors appealing to buyers
Affordable and eco-friendly housing with a “human format” on the outskirts of Tyumen by the developer Partner-Stroy. In all of its projects, the company follows the principle that houses should not be higher than pine trees, and therefore focuses on medium-rise buildings. The Ozhogina residential complex features apartments with various layouts, high ceilings and panoramic windows, and some of the ground floor apartments have terraces. Partner-Stroy received awards from Urban Awards and Pro Estate Awards for the Ozhogina residential complex.
Siberian Region. Novosibirsk
Vladimir Martynenkov, Head of the Metapribor group of companies
Yasniy Bereg residential complex: a park city concept for the complex
The Yasniy Bereg (“Bright Bank”) residential complex in Novosibirsk is located along the river, a seven minutes drive from the city center. The complex has nearly one thousand apartments in buildings of different heights, one of which has a shape that resembles a wave. In the courtyard there is a huge park with no space for cars. The architectural concept of this park-city was designed by the German architects of Tilke GmbH & Co, known for their Formula 1 tracks and urban planning projects around the world.
Far East Region. Vladivostok
Fadi Jabri, Executive Officer, Principal MENA, CIS, India Region at Nikken Sekkei
Far East Region. Vladivostok
The masterplan for the development of Vladivostok as a smart and compact city was developed by the Japanese architectural and engineering firm Nikken Sekkei jointly with DOM.RF. To lessen the burden on the center and port, the city’s territory will be divided into several districts with different functions — creative clusters, business hubs, residential areas and transport hubs.