The exhibition New Moscow opened in the Aedes Gallery in Berlin
In the architectural Aedes Gallery opened the exhibition “New Moscow — Новая Москва” which presents the current urban planning policies of the Russian capital by the example of two major international architectural competitions. Zaryadye Park near the Kremlin, and the National Centre for Contemporary Art at Khodynka Field illustrate a change in course in the urban development of the metropolis.
“We chose these two projects which represent not only the architectural life of the city, but also development in general: both political and social life. And these two projects fully reflect the policies that Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin is conducting: great openness of the city, and a fundamental focus on the development of public, social, cultural, and community life of the city,” explained Sergey Kuznetsov, the chief architect of Moscow, at the opening ceremony.
For the first time in 80 years the main instrument of progressive, high quality transformation of Moscow has become international architectural competitions. Contests with leading world experts and designers today are being conducted for both iconic buildings, and for whole sections of the urban environment. In 2013-2014 in total there were more than 20 contests organized on the initiative of the Moscow Government.
The exhibition “New Moscow — Новая Москва” is taking place in one of the world’s leading architectural galleries — Aedes, which has been in Berlin since 1980. At the opening ceremony representatives of the professional community from around the world were brought together, reflecting the huge interest in the changes in the urban planning policies of Moscow.
The Aedes Gallery on this day was attended by: Regula Luscher — chief architect of Berlin, Rainer Nagel — chairman of the Federal Foundation Baukultur, Kristin Feireiss — architectural critic and expert, cofounder of Architecture Forum Aedes (Berlin), Mary Margaret Jones — partner at Hargreaves Associates, member of the winning consortium of the Zaryadye Park competition, Roisin Heneghan — partner at Heneghan Peng Architects, Dublin & Berlin, winner of the competition for the new building of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA).
Representatives of the Russian professional community also participated in the exhibition opening in the Aedes Gallery: Sergey Kuznetsov — Chief Architect of Moscow, Irina Korobina — Director of the Shchusev State Museum of Architecture, Mikhail Mindlin — Director of National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Peter Kudryavtsev and Andrey Grinev, partners of Citymakers, member of the winning consortium of the Zaryadye Park competition.
The exhibition “New Moscow — Новая Москва” will be on view at the Aedes Gallery in Berlin until July 5.