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New Urban Park Design Seeks To Change The Face Of Russia's Biggest City

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By Vanessa Quirk

The Strelka Institute has announced the winner of the two-stage international competition to design Zaryadye Park, Moscow's first park in over 50 years as Diller Scofidio + Renfro. A consortium led by the New York-based firm beat out an impressive shortlist -- Russian-led TPO “Reserve” came in second and MVRDV in third.

Zaryadye Park, 13 acres of land just a minute’s walk from the Kremlin and Red Square, hopes to “project a new image of Moscow and Russia to the world.” See the renderings from Diller Scofidio + Renfro's winning proposal for Moscow's new and most important public space below.

UPDATE: The video detailing Diller Scofidio + Renfro's winning proposal for Moscow's Zaryadye Park has just been released. In it the three partners discuss the central idea behind the proposal "Wild Urbanism," in which plants and people are of equal importance, and nature and architecture are merged into a seamless whole. They explain how each of Russia's varied landscapes -- its tundra, steppe, forest, and wetland -- will be imported to the park and overlapped into "enfolded nodes" that will house sustainable, artificial micro-climates that will allow for year-round use of the park.