Almetyevsk’s Master Plan
The Open International Architectural and Urban Planning Competition for the development of a master plan for the territory adjacent to the Almetyevsk reservoir on the Stepnoy Zay river
Dates:27.11.2019 – 23.04.2020
Accepting submissions
Almetyevsk’s Master Plan
InitiatorsThe Administration of the city of Almetyevsk and PJSC TATNEFT
Supported by The Government of the Republic of Tatarstan
The operator The Agency for Strategic Development CENTER
The total Prize Fund14,500,000 rubles
Objective of the competition

To prepare a master plan that ensures the revitalization of the land area adjacent to the Almetyevsk reservoir on the Stepnoy Zay river in the city of Almetyevsk, and its transformation into a landmark public space for the city’s residents, broadcasting the mission and image of Almetyevsk as a city with a high standard of living, recognized as such from outside the city.

The competition is of particular importance as a pilot project for the Republic of Tatarstan, aimed at the rehabilitation of compromised land plots and the preservation of valuable natural resources caused by production work when creating and locating infrastructure facilities. At the end of the Competition, the results of environmental rehabilitation from man-made impact can be applied on similar sites both in the Republic of Tatarstan and in other regions of the country.

‘An international competition is an opportunity to attract the best minds to the development of the territory. I look forward to something very interesting and large-scale not only for Tatarstan, but also for urban development throughout Russia, because approaches to design are changing before our very eyes. We are now talking about comprehensive planning of the future of our cities which is completely new for the post-Soviet space’ — considers Natalia Fishman-Bekmambetova, assistant to the President of the Republic of Tatarstan.

The subject of the competition

The land in the north of the city of Almetyevsk, covering an area of more than 1700 hectares, including about 270 hectares — sections of the forest area outside the city limits, adjacent to the Almetyevsk reservoir on the Steppe Zay river in the city of Almetyevsk, Republic of Tatarstan. Competition format: international, two-stage, open.

The format

The jury

Representatives of state authorities of the Republic of Tatarstan and the municipal body «Almetyevsk city», experts in integrated land development, ecology and specially protected natural areas, economics and spatial planning, marketing and communications, technologies and innovations, as well as representatives of the initiator of the competition. The jury is chaired by Nail Maganov, General Director of PJSC TATNEFT. The international curator of the competition is British Professor, Guy Eames, honored luminary of science of the Russian Federation and academician of the RAACS, co-founder and Chairman of the Russian Green Building Council (RuGBC), who has extensive experience in Russia.

According to Timur Nagumanov, the Head of the Almetyevsk Region of the Republic of Tatarstan, ‘Almetyevsk is becoming a platform for the transfer of experience in organizing urban public spaces and bicycle infrastructure. An open competition provides the best opportunity to research the territory as efficiently and publicly as possible. It’s very important to come up with a concept that will suit everyone’.

The participants

Invited to participate in the competition are Russian and foreign professional organizations in the field of integrated land development and urban planning, architecture, design, development of concepts for the development of public spaces, master planning, who are able to attract specialists in economics, finance, and content programming.

‘We are developing not only business, but we are doing everything in order to turn the region into a successful, thriving territory, with room for creativity, and conditions have been created for self-realization. Then the most talented, highly professional staff will live and work here. We want people to be proud that they live in our country, our republic, in Almetyevsk, and that they work for Tatneft. And we will do everything possible to achieve this’, - thinks Nikolay Glazkov, the Deputy General Director of PJSC TATNEFT for Capital Construction

Schedule of the competition

  • 27 November 2019 — The competition begins. Press-conference
  • 28 November 2019 — Seminar with the citizens
  • 13 December 2019 — Introductory webinar for Russian-speaking participants of the contest
  • 16 December 2019 — Introductory webinar for English-speaking participants of the contest
  • 21 January 2020 — Application submissions close
  • 30 January 2020 — Jury meeting
  • 19 February 2020 — Orientation seminar for the finalists
  • 6 April 2020 — Concept submissions close
  • 23 April 2020 — Final Jury meeting. Press conference

A press conference at the launch of the Open International Architecture and Urban Planning Competition for the development of a master plan for the territory adjacent to the Almetyevsk Reservoir on the Stepnoy Zay river took place on November 27, 2019 at the press center of the Tatar-inform news agency.

‘It’s time to determine the strategy of the future. And the most effective tool to achieve this goal is to hold an international professional competition, which will enable us to get several completely different concepts for transforming the landmark territory for the city and the whole Republic’, - emphasized Sergei Georgievskii, the Head of the Organizing Committee of the competition, CEO of the Agency for Strategic Development CENTER.

To participate

To participate in the first qualifying stage, contestants must provide a portfolio of completed projects demonstrating relevant experience and an essay describing key ideas and approaches. Application deadline is January 21, 2020. Registration link:


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