Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Green River Brateevo in Moscow, Russia by OKRA Landscape Architects
November 9th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: OKRA Landscape Architects
At the Second Exhibition Forum on Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Garden Art last week in Moscow, the project ‘Green River Brateevo’ has been awarded with the Russian National Award on Landscape Architecture, best Public conceptual design. The project is a joint cooperation between Russia and the Netherlands.
The Department for Natural Resource Management and Environmental Protection of Moscow and the Dutch Government Service for Land and Water management (DLG), are working together with the Dutch consultancy OKRA landscape architects, the Russian consultancy Ampir (landscape) architects and the Research and Design Institute for the Master Plan of Moscow on the development and exchange of ideas for a sustainable cityscape. Objective is to develop a toolkit for sustainable green development as an integral part of urban (re)development. The project is supported by the Dutch Ministery of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation (Government to Government).
Both in Moscow, a densely built mega polis, and in the Netherlands, a densely populated urbanized country, there are big challenges on how to maintain and develop a healthy green urban and peri-urban environment. Improving the quality of existing public space and cityscape and to develop new areas on a sustainable way, will improve the quality of living and create new economic, social and environmental value. Green can create so much more!
The development and exchange of ideas works best on a local scale. The idea is to change Brateevo, a Soviet high-rise block district along Moscow river, into a vibrant and green part of the city by linking green and blue structures to the urban tissue and meanwhile activate public realm. The first outlines as presented shows that Brateevo in particular and Moscow in general, have great potential for a bright and sustainable future. Bringing smart connections on every scale, making big plans and small plans, crossing borders, but most of all by working together.
The Russian-Dutch team of designers and policy makers will work out the master plan toward projects and thus more and more towards realisation. Local knowledge, local energy, but also scientific and practical knowledge will be fully used. One thing is for sure: together, we can make the difference!
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