The First National Architectural Competition is announced started in Russia

On the 7th of March, the First National Architectural Competition started in Russia. The goal of the competition is to create improvement design projects in key public spaces of 15 cities in Russia. The competition takes place with the support of the Ministry of Construction Industry of the Russian Federation and is organised by the Agency for Housing Mortgage Lending (AHML) and Strelka KB. Architects may offer ideas of public spaces improvement for the following cities: Astrakhan, Vladimir, Vladikavkaz, Volgograd, Izhevsk, Kaluga, Kemerovo, Lipetsk, Stavropol, Ryazan, Tomsk, Ulyanovsk, Khabarovsk, Cheboksary, Chelyabinsk. On the 18th of April, the enrollment comes to an end. Finalists will be identified in late April. Though the competition is held in Russian language, anyone may take part.

The competition was opened by: Mikhail Men, Minister of Construction, Housing and Utilities of the Russian Federation; AHLM Director, Alexander Ploutnik; CEO Strelka KB Denis Leontev and Strelka KB partner Daliya Safiullina / Photo: Mark Seryy / KB Strelka

The jury will choose winners for each city. The jury panel is represented by high-rank members of the Ministry of Construction Industry, representatives from AHML, from behalf of regions it is administration representatives, architecture and town planning experts — those who are well familiar with specifics of their hometown.

The prize fund is 12 million rubles in total. The finalist who offered the best idea according to jury earns a 400 000 rubles reward and a contract to develop his design project. The second and third place winners gain 300 000 and 100 000 rubles respectively. Architects who took the second and third places also get an opportunity to design other key spaces in a city. Thus, within next few years, 15 cities will acquire up to date downtowns, new places of attraction for citizens, investors and tourists.

On the 15th of May, the finalists award ceremony will take place in Saratov within the forum “Environment for living. Apartment and city”. Also, there will be the photo exhibition of the best competitor’s works. Requirements, jury and further details are listed on the competition official website publicspaces17.ru.
The First National Architectural Competition in 15 cities is a part of a big project dedicated to the improvement of key public spaces in 40 cities of the Russian Federation. It also enters one of the directions of the joint program of KB Strelka and the Foundation of the Single Development Institute in the Housing Sphere (created by AHML). The program is initiated by the Agency for Housing Mortgage Lending and will be held for 2017-2018. The program is operating due to the priority project on the formation of the comfortable urban environment of the Government of the Russian Federation.