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Brits shortlisted for new Kazan ‘eco-district’

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JTP and LDA Design feature among three multidisciplinary teams competing for a new 760ha sustainable urban expansion in Kazan, capital of the Republic of Tatarstan in south-west Russia

The three international finalist teams were selected from more than 47 participants, representing 19 different countries, which applied to the open contest organised by the Moscow-based CENTER Agency for Strategic Development.

JTP’s team – led by Knight Frank Russia – features French-based XTU architects and Oxo Architects along with Belgian firm Terra Scape Architects and local practice Arkhitekturny Desant.

LDA Design’s team – headed up by Russia’s ASADOV and partners Architectural Studio – includes UK outfit Bioregional Consulting and KPMG Russia.

The third finalist team features Buromoscow working with NL Architects and OKRA from The Netherlands.

Backed by the Republic of Tatarstan, the competition sought concepts and masterplans for a new 760ha residential development on the site of a former artillery base in the city’s Kirov district.

Rustam Minnikhanov (pictured), Jury chair and president of the Republic of Tatarstan, said: ‘Our key resource is the 760ha of land located within 300m of the Volga River and 15 minutes from downtown Kazan. It is going to be an unprecedented, completely new urban environment.

‘We would very much like both the concept and the master plan to meet the challenges that we currently face. Which is why we came up with this international competition. I am certain that we made the right decision.’

Airat Nurutdinov, assistant to the president and competition judge, added: ‘The discussion was quite challenging, because the competition saw a lot of really well-rounded projects, by a lot of consortiums that had really done their homework.

‘I would like to start off by explaining that we have looked at the entries from three angles. Firstly, there is the economic angle — meaning that the project must be cost-effective. Then, the project must fall within the general urban development concept that Kazan is currently following. And finally, we need to preserve the landscape and the core natural features as much as possible.’

A prize fund worth around £128,000 will be shared between the finalists and an overall winner will be announced on 7 November.

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