New York architecture royalty Diller Scofidio + Renfro won a competition to design Zaryadye Park in Moscow, the first public park built in the city in half a century. DS+R is working with Hargreaves Associates, Citymakers, and an international team representing six countries to construct a park that combines Russia's diverse landscape with urban modernity.
DS+R's design is focused around the theme "Wild Urbanism," which they call "a hybrid landscape where the natural and the built cohabit to create a new type of public space," in the press release. Different areas of the park represent Russian typologies with controlled microclimates—tundra, steppe, forest, and wetland—while combining sustainable technology and modern design.
Zaryadye Park, which has been closed for 10 years, will now be open year-round 24/7, enjoyable even in Russia's harsh winter. As Russia opens their doors to visitors for the 2014 Olympics, this project, which is scheduled to be completed in 2016, can be seen as the country’s increasing focus on civic space.
Yesterday DS+R also announced their plans to create an immersive green bowl for the last phase of their High Line Park in New York.
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