Participants of the international competition for Voronezh Central Park development concept will present their projects at open conference “UrbanDayVoronezh” on Friday, July 27. The event will be attended by architects, urbanists and the general public, the Press Center of the Regional Government has reported.

Bart Goldhoorn, the international competition curator said at a meeting with Acting Governor Alexander Gusev that invitations to participate in the contest were sent to 80 international companies. The organizers received 20 portfolios. At the Voronezh conference on July 27, the participants will tell about themselves and their works on the Central Park development concepts. Three teams will be shortlisted. The participants will present the developed concepts on September 27, and the jury will select the winner.

Alexander Gusev noted that when working on the concepts it was important to take into account the financial aspects of the issue in order to calculate the budgetary opportunities. In addition, the Acting Governor noted that in the future the region would expect Bart Goldhoorn’s professional support when holding a similar contest for the development of the territory adjacent to the Voronezh Reservoir.

In April, the Department of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Voronezh Region selected contracting organization Project Media (Moscow), which was to organize and hold the international competition for the Voronezh Central Park development concept. As the curator of the contest. Bart Goldhorne was suggested as a curator. In addition, in cooperation with the Russian-Dutch educational project UrbanInstitute themed Internet resource was created where any interested team can submit their portfolio to participate in the contest. In the future, the Internet site will be used to cover the progress of the international contest and its events.

The context

The reconstruction of the Voronezh Central Park (“Dynamo”) began in 2014. The author of the concept was landscape architect Olivier Dame. During the first stage, children’s and sports grounds were installed in the park, staircases were repaired, a pond, a creek with bridges, a fountain were built, and the “Green Theater” was reconstructed. In addition, they improved the site near the monument on the place of the Red Army battles with the German fascist invaders in 1942-1943. The first stage of the reconstruction cost 301.1 million rubles.
In August 2016, the city authorities announced that about 150 million rubles from the regional and municipal budgets will be needed for the second stage of the reconstruction of the Central Park. That stage included the restoration of the Upper Lake, the construction of a pedestrian road and a bikeway from Ippodromnaya Street.