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Moscow is building its first new park in 50 years

Staff writer |
A concept developed by an American studio has won the international competition to design a park on site of the oldest settlement outside Kremlin walls in Moscow.

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One of the few remaining underdeveloped sites in Moscow center, Zaryadye previously was occupied by the Rossiya hotel, the largest in the world before 1990 and the largest in Europe before demolition in 2006. In January 2012 then Prime Minister Vladimir Putin proposed building a park on site of the hotel, which currently remains barren, instead of office or residential developments as was previously planned.

The winning project was developed by the New York-based design firm Diller Scofidio Renfro, which designed the High Line elevated park in Manhattan, and aims to create a strong bond between nature, the city and the surrounding monuments.

The territory will be divided into four typical Russian landscape zones: tundra, steppe, forest and marsh, offering different lenses onto the Kremlin. The project's website said the park will use "sustainable technologies, such as temperature regulation, wind control and natural light stimulation" in order to achieve the result.

The final design will use the best elements of the other projects as well. Finalists included a Russian concept that came second and a Dutch design which finished third.

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