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Moscow beats Aberdeen to the punch with new city park

February 12 2018

Moscow beats Aberdeen to the punch with new city park
The original design team behind Aberdeen’s ill-fated City Gardens project have lifted the wraps on a similar project in Moscow, Russia, illustrating what could have been.

Zaryadye Park encompasses 35 acres of land mere yards from St. Basil’s Cathedral, Red Square and the Kremlin which was subject to a design competition in 2012 to transform the riverfront district into a new public park.

In contrast to its stalled counterpart in the Granite City work then proceeded apace under the guidance of a design team led by competition winners Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) with Hargreaves Associates, Citymakers and BuroHappold Engineering.

The first new park to be built in the city for 70 years includes a square, gathering points, cultural and recreational outlets set within an environment of natural landscapes peppered with sculptural elements.

Rod Manson, project director at BuroHappold, commented: “Zaryadye Park provides a haven for Moscow’s community and perfectly reflects our approach to engineer cutting-edge technical solutions while always keeping in mind the needs of people as well as the urban context. The result is nothing less than breathtaking and we are proud of having been part of a fantastic team that made great ideas become reality.”

New plans for Union Terrace Gardens are now being taken forward by LDA Design.
A custom stone paving system knits together hard and soft landscapes
A custom stone paving system knits together hard and soft landscapes


#1 Posted by MoFloJoe on 13 Feb 2018 at 08:23 AM
Completely over-designed. Way too much concrete. Why not just hire some gardeners?
Commentary without context
#2 Posted by Commentary without context on 13 Feb 2018 at 09:15 AM
#1 Perhaps the weather & scale, needs to be wide enough for a little snow plow.
boaby wan
#3 Posted by boaby wan on 13 Feb 2018 at 09:45 AM
@ #1 - even titchmarsh would struggle to cantilever soil over 6 lanes of traffic
#4 Posted by Bonvivant on 15 Feb 2018 at 12:17 PM
Click on the design competition link and see if you can spot the difference; or more accurately, see if you can spot the one remaining element of the original design.

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