OMA & AREP finalists for Skolkovo – Russia’s Silicon Valley


Skolkovo Urban Design Concept by OMA

On January 20, the two finalist companies, AREP (France) and OMA (the Netherlands) made detailed presentations of their proposed urban development concepts and highlighted the key benefits of their respective projects.

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St.Petersburg could lose its UNESCO status *UPDATE*


St. Peterburg, Russia could lose its UNESCO status as a World Heritage Centre if the plans of the world’s biggest natural gas company to build a 396 metre (1,299 ft) skyscaper go ahead. The $3 billion building designed by RMJM has still not been approved by the local government.

SOURCE: Bloomberg


1. Opponents of the Okhta Center, also known as the Gazprom Tower, filed a lawsuit late last week asking the court to cancel an upcoming public hearing as “illegal.” SOURCE: St.Petersburg Times

2. St. Petersburg residents on Tuesday (01.09.09) clashed with police and OAO Gazprom security guards during a public hearing over the plan to erect the tallest skyscraper in Europe. Around 12 people who attended Tuesday’s meeting were removed, as calls of ‘shame on Gazprom’ rung in the air. SOURCE: Architect’s Journal

Urban Footpaths Find Support – Moscow Times

Moscow Times reports

Look at Moscow from the air and you’ll see a network of little muddy tracks, skipping over metal railings and concrete barriers, and ignoring the official, paved paths.

Urban planning student Fyodor Novikov said he never really noticed them until he came back from a year studying in the United States…….“The whole reason for the existence of those small paths is that people don’t know how to draw paths,” Novikov said.

SOURCE: Moscow Times – Urban Footpaths Find Support

UNStudio/ Ben van Berkel’s design selected for Dance Palace in the historic centre of St. Peterburg

UNStudio’s design has been selected in the competition for a 21,000 square meter dance theatre in the historic centre of St. Petersburg. The new complex houses The Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg, headed by the prolific choreographer Boris Eifman. From the four projects presented (Jean Nouvel (FR), UNStudio (NL), Snøhetta (NO), ZAO (RU)), UNStudio’s design was yesterday unanimously chosen by the jury for realisation.

The Dance Palace forms an integrated part of the European Embankment city quarter masterplan for a new urban square in the historic centre of St. Petersburg.

Image: UNStudio

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