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Competition opens to generate conceptual framework for the development of Sokolniki Park of Culture and Rest in Moscow

The Moscow-based Sokolniki Park of Culture and Rest and the ArchPolis Centre for Territorial Initiatives, with support from the City of Moscow Department of Culture and the City of Moscow Agency for Parks and Recreation (Mosgorpark), have announced a competition to generate a conceptual framework for the development of Sokolniki Park.

Developing green space and parks has been an important aspect of Moscow government policy in recent years. Among the most prominent examples are the comprehensive renovation of Gorky Park and its connected river embankments, the current reconstruction of the historic VDNKh exhibition centre and a completed design competition for the new Zaryadye Park next to the Kremlin. Reconstruction of Sokolniki Park, Moscow’s oldest and largest park of culture and rest, is the most recent step toward widespread transformation of public space in the capital.

The competition involves the preparation of an updated conceptual framework for the park, which should combine a variety of landscapes and programming that meet the needs of diverse populations with a sustainable financial model for long-term development. The park should also become more open to balanced use, as current activity is highly concentrated in the central area while a large part of the territory is relatively neglected. The chosen conceptual framework will define a strategy for Sokolniki's development over the next 15 years.

“Our task is to preserve the rich traditions of the past while developing Sokolniki into an innovative centre, a world-class attraction and source of pride in the city. It is important that Sokolniki not only functions but also generates new projects and circles of frequent visitors. These are the priorities to consider in developing concepts for the park,” said Andrei Lapshin, director of Sokolniki Park.

The international competition is accepting applications from architects, landscape architects, designers and planners from Russia and abroad until 17 June. The winner will be announced on 17 September.

“We see this competition as an effective means of generating the best ideas, with the potential to spark broader changes in society. It will help develop a plan for Sokolniki’s historic territory, one that rises to contemporary challenges, realises the park’s cultural potential, preserves its valued traditions and opens its landscapes to the city from a new perspective,” said Sergey Georgiyevskiy, director of the competition organising committee and partner at ArchPolis.

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