International Consortium takes first place in the second round of Moscow's Agglomeration competition
The second stage of the Moscow City Agglomeration competition took place on 22 June, in which nine competitors presented the first editions of their concepts for the existing, and the new south-western sector of the agglomeration. The winning international consortium in this second stage was led by Russian urbanist Andrey Chernikhov and included architecture studios McAdam Architects, Tower 151, Georgi Stanishev and Ginsburg Architects, who were awarded the highest score by a panel of international experts with OMA placing second.
The consortium suggested that instead of looking at new development in the south western sector only, that the existent fields and sites be involved in planning and development as well. As well as these areas, they listed extensive areas occupied by railways, and disused industrial sites from the Soviet era as prime areas for regeneration and expansion. They also want to re-think the current transport networks to ease the pressure on existing systems, addressing the current issues Moscow faces with congestion due to the dense population of the city.
The plan to increase the area of Moscow by 50% by expanding development into the south-western sector will make a huge impact on the public housing and problems that the city faced with the population boom in the early 20th century, and is a radical solution. James McAdam, who attended the presentations said: “The process is evolving into a fascinating discourse on how a major capital can tackle the problems of expansion and regeneration on a vast scale. As a consultation procedure the range of ideas being suggested are incredibly diverse and could be pooled as a powerful medium for Moscow’s future.”
The final concept presentations are scheduled to take place at the end of August.