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Masterplanning contest launched for Moscow riverfront

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Moscow has opened an international competition to regenerate 10,400 hectares of riverfront plots and embankments within the Russian capital

Backed by the city’s Committee for Architecture and Urban Development, the contest seeks a ‘unified concept’ for lands surrounding the Moscow River.

The aim of the project is to transform the waterway from a barrier into a link, to upgrade the urban environment and improve the city’s overall image.

In 1935 the city’s embankments were significantly remodelled but regeneration of the nearby riverfront districts has still yet to happen.

The river rises 145 kilometres west of the city and eventually joins the Volga River which runs into the Caspian sea.

Within Moscow, the waterway is thought to have a total 201 kilometre-long shoreline and influence a potential development zone of up to 10,400 hectares.

So far only around 33.4 kilometres of shoreline has cycle and pedestrian access and 47.5 kilometres has vehicle access.

Masterplan proposals will be expected to reconnect river areas to other large-scale projects in the city including Moscow-City, Gorky Park and Sparrow Hills, Zaryadye Park, ZIL, and Nagatinskaya bottom-land.

Schemes should include ideas for reorganising embankments, modernising industrial zones and creating new multi-functional areas and landscaped recreational districts.

Six shortlisted teams will receive around £66,000 each to develop masterplans and a winner will be chosen for the £100,000 design contract in December

The deadline for entries is 12 September.






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