The Voronezh Sea

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Voronezh is a city of over 1.000.000 inhabitants is situated 500 km south of Moscow. It is located on the banks of the Voronezh River that in 1972 was transformed into the Voronezh Reservoir or “The Voronezh Sea” as it is called by the inhabitants – a huge lake of 30 km long and 2 km wide. It is met with joy by the population that uses the cool water during the hot Voronezh summer. Alas this joy only lasts for a limited period: in 1992 the authorities announce that it is not fit for swimming as a result of the increasingly polluted water.

The Department of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Voronezh region decided to organize a competition in order to develop a strategy for the future of the Voronezh Reservoir. The competition consists of two parts:

An Open Ideas competition meant to gather ideas that show the potential of the lake for urban and nature development.

A Closed Competition for teams of landscape architects, urbanists and ecologists that should combine ideas about possible future uses of the lake with technologies for cleaning it up. The strategy should include both a project and proposals for implementation.


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