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), announce 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, 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 is the most recent step toward widespread transformation of public space in the capital.
Competition objective: preparation of an updated conceptual framework for the oldest and largest park of culture and rest in Moscow, 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.
Andrei Lapshin, director of Sokolniki Park: “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.”
Competition format: open, international.
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 17, 2014.
Submission Deadline: Wednesday, September 17, 2014.
Competition website: Visit website