BuroHappold part of winning team for Moscow Agglomeration competition

Federal City copyright Urban Design Associates

07/09/2012 Written by: Gill Sincock

BuroHappold, working with landscape architects Gillespies and urbanists John Thompson & Partners, has won a prestigious competition to plan the future of the City of Moscow.

BuroHappold, as part of Anglo-American team the Capital Cities Planning Group, has topped a shortlist of ten teams from around the world to prepare plans for the Moscow Region, for the City overall and for the planning and design of a new federal capital for the ministries of the federal government.

Earlier this year the Russian Federal Government announced that it was doubling the territory of Moscow to enable it to grow into a competitive 21st century world capital. Following an international competition announced by the Mayor of Moscow, ten teams were selected to enter a six month, three stage competition process which required all the teams working and reporting to the Moscow Government on a monthly basis. The finished work of all the teams is now being exhibited at a public exhibition in Gorky Park.

An international jury headed by Deputy Mayor Marat Khusnullin awarded two competition winners: the Capital Cities Planning Group who will design and plan the new federal district, and Antoine Grumbach/Jean-Michel Wilmotte of Paris who will develop the overall planning of Moscow.

Rod Manson, Director at BuroHappold commented: “BuroHappold is delighted that our sustainable infrastructure strategy and zero carbon proposals for the New Moscow City have been so highly appreciated by the committee and we very much look forward to working with them in the future to turn our vision into reality as we move forwards.

“In terms of design solution, to be seriously considered as a world urban leader and as an example for future international cities, it is imperative for New Moscow to model a clean, healthy and liveable environment, supported by an infrastructure system with zero carbon, zero waste and zero contaminated water. These development principals can be seen as a basis for future international cities; the clear sustainability strategy can be therefore applied as an international template with all social, environmental and economic decisions embedded in the process.”

The principles for Zero Carbon urbanism in Moscow are integral to its planning, design and construction and can be seen as a future model:

  • New growth must integrate new efficient and sustainable carbon neutral infrastructure systems
  • Government must development an integrated sustainable planning framework and partnership with the public and private sectors
  • Clear goals must be set with strong leadership from the start of the development programme with monitoring and incentives
  • Energy use must be reduced through high energy efficiency standards and incentives
  • A smart grid system must be put in place to optimise the supply and demand profile of the network
  • Urban design must improve access to local amenities
  • New development must incorporate decent, safe and economically mixed housing
  • Government must promote recycling and resource conservation
  • Government and business must work together to support ecologically sound economic activity

The Capital Cities Planning Group consists of:


Urban Design Associates, USA

Beasley & Associates, Canada

Gillespies, UK

John Thompson & Partners, UK

Nelson Nygaard, USA

Group Ark, Russia

Prof Stuart Gulliver, University of Glasgow, UK





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