Schusev State
Museum of Architecture

Open City. New Urban Planning Politics in Moscow

November 14, 2013 – February 2, 2014


Enfilade, Main Building

This exhibition showcases the new ideology underlying the urban development of Russia’s capital city. The main task faced today by the Moscow City Government, Stroikompleks and Moskomarkhitektur is the transformation of Moscow into a comfortable city that is open to life, work, creativity, and communication. Since the beginning of 2011 investment contracts in Moscow for the development of open spaces have been cancelled, office construction has been stopped in the historic center, and the demolition of cultural sites has been halted, and the city has launched a comprehensive solution to the city’s transportation problem. The architecture of the capital is now developing under a new set of principles: new public spaces are being founded in the city, a reinterpretation of the value of buildings is taking place from the perspective of their social function, and the planning of modern residential areas is underway. Projects that have initiated this new direction include new pedestrian zones, the development of a design-code for streets and squares, and the construction of social housing of a new generation.

An especially effective tool in the assignment of these important architectural commissions that have ushered in a qualitative change in the urban environment are international architectural competitions, which are featured in a section of the exhibition. In 2013 alone, on the initiative of Moskomarkhitektur, more than ten competitions were held, including those for the project of the new building of the Tretyakov Gallery and the State Center of Contemporary Art, for a multi-purpose center at Moskva-City, for the reorganization of the territory at the “Hammer and Sickle” factory, and for development on the site of the future international finance center in the Rublevo-Arkhangelskoe region of Moscow.

A special place in these recent competitions, and in the exhibition, is reserved for the international competition for a park on the Zaryadye. The exhibition showcases both the material from the presentations of all the finalists of the competition, and the work of the jury, giving the work on display a new more open and interactive format. The opening reception for the “Open City” exhibition will include the final summing up of the competition as a whole. Visitors will therefore be the first to see the projects of all finalists and to hear the announcement of the winner at the show’s opening.

A special section of the exhibit displays material from the Museum collection (photographs, graphics, and film) showing a history of the Zaryadye. Included in these materials are the amazingly delicate and lyrical sketches of the Zaryadye drawn on the eve of WWII, and images of the “slums” of the district during the years of the first Five-Year Plan. The main theme of this historical section of the display is the story of architectural competitions on the territory of the Zaryadye in the twentieth century. This history is revealed to visitors through original masterpieces from the Museum’s collection.

During the “Open City” exhibition there will be a number of discussions, excursions, lectures, and roundtables on the new urban planning politics of the capital.


Partners for the cultural events:

Architectural Board of the City of Moscow

The Scientific-Research and Design Institute of the General Plan of the City of Moscow

Consultants on the International Competitions in Landscape-Architecture Concept for the Park “Zaryadye”:

Strelka Institute of Media, Architecture and Design

With the support of:

Hotel and Business Center Radisson Slavianskaya

Press contact and additional information:

Maria Girba 8 (495) 697 3874, 8 (967) 182 13 91,

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