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Anglo-US team wins Moscow Mega-project

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A team including John Thompson & Partners, Gillespies and Buro Happold has beaten a raft of big names in the contest to ‘double the size of Moscow’

Part of the victorious Capital Cities Planning Group which also includes Urban Design Associates (USA), Beasley & Associates (Canada) and Nelson / Nigaard (USA), the practices won the main prize to mastermind a massive new federal district. The proposed City in a Forest will house 1.7 million on a 155km² built around a series of new lakes designed by landscape experts Gillespies.

The group beat rival bids from teams that included OMA, Ricardo Bofill, RTKL and Diller Scofido + Renfro, following a six month-long selection process organised by the Russian Federation Council which wants to make Moscow 2.4 times its current size (see full list of finalists below).

Meanwhile France’s Antoine Grumbach et Associes SA with Wilmotte & Associes SA won the prize for the ‘overall planning of Moscow’.

John Thompson, chair of John Thompson & Partners, said the winning proposals woudl create a ‘properly serviced, zero carbon, transit orientated urban hierarchy set within a forest and lakeside landscape.’

Explaining the next steps, Brian Evans of Gillespies said: ‘[The planning authority] will now take the work of the nine teams currently on public exhibit at Gorki  Park and begin work on a new plan for City of Moscow. We understand they will use the work of all the teams in this regard, but clearly the jury’s advice to pay particular regard to our team’s work on the Federal District and Grumbach’s work overall should hopefully be influential in formulating policy and design advice for future projects in the City. This will fit within the terms of the emerging plan that should take shape next year.’

He added: ‘Moscow is a dynamic city but suffers from its structure; a soviet city superimposed on to an 18th and 19th century imperial city. It has suffered trauma since the 1990s in the shift from Soviet times and this is a genuine attempt by the Moscow and Russian governments to address traffic congestion, the housing market and environmental concerns to bring about some creative sustainable planning for the city’s future.’

Shortlist in full:

1. Ostozhenka Architets (Russia) with Ateliers Lion Associes (France), SGP (France), Paris-Saclay (France) and Epadesa (France)

2. International Academy of Architecture (Professor. Andrey Chernihov) with Juul-Frost Architects (Denmark), Diller Scofido+Renfro (USA), McAdam Architects (UK), Ginzburg Architects (Russia)

3. Moscow Architectural Institute with Devereux Architects (Ireland)

4. Central Research and Project Institute of Urbanism / Russian Academy Of Architecture and Building Science (Russia) with Nikken Sekkei (Japan), RTKL (UK) and Knight Frank

5. Antoine Grumbach et Associes SA (France) with Wilmotte & Associes SA (France), Egis International (France), SGP, EPPS, EPADESA, CFREE (France) and the High School of Economics (Russia)

6. L’AUC (France) with Bureau BAS Smets (Belgium) with Sestra (France) and Franc Boutte Consultant (France)

7. OMA (The Netherlands) with Strelka Institute (Russia) with Project Meganom  (Russia), Siemens AG (Germany) and McKinsey & Company (USA)

8. Ricardo Bofill (Spain) with the Barcelona Regional Agency for Urban Development (Spain)

9. Studio Ass Secchi (Italy)

10. Urban Design Associates (USA) with Beasley & Associates (Canada), Gillespies (Scotland), John Thompson & Partners (UK) and Nelson / Nigaard (USA)



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