The Shchusev Museum of Architecture hosted an award ceremony for the competition, ‘Moscow Through the Eyes of Young Urban Developers,’ for architectural models. This was the second competition of this kind in Moscow, which gives architecture students an opportunity to imagine a new look for the city, or to glimpse into its future and its past of more than 100 years ago.
According to Head of the Department of Urban Policy Sergei Lyovkin, Moscow has visibly changed in the last five years, and is now one of the fastest developing megacities in the world. Every year, the city builds nearly nine million square metres of buildings, lays dozens of kilometres of metro lines, and erects social infrastructure in many areas. It is young and promising specialists who, with their ideas and projects, have the final say on what Moscow will be like in the future.
Winners and runners-up
Contestants presented over 60 models of the past, present and future of Moscow. The competition was held in four categories.
Anastasiya Budrite from the People’s Friendship University of Russia won in the ‘Moscow Today: A New Look at Everyday Things’ category with the model ‘New Colour Design for the Khavsko-Shabolovsky Residential Complex.’ Second place went to the model ‘Memorial Sphere: Holocaust Museum’ by Sofia Sopchinskaya, who studies at the Stolitsa Urban Education Complex. Third place was awarded to students, from Stronganov Moscow State Art and Industry Academy, Daria Ayuvdzhi and Yelena Tyurina for their model ‘Gzhel Design and Craft Centre Project’ as part of the Aremkuz Plant Renovation.
Kristina Kerber from the Start Children’s School of Art won in The Future Moscow: The World’s Best City category with her model ‘Forma Prizma. A Rare-Book Library.’ Vladislav Sirotin from the same school came second with this model ‘Forma-Pyramid: EcoMegaHome.’ Third place went to ‘Renovation Project as Part of Moskva Technopolis, Infrastructure Project of Smart Park Media Museum’ by Daria Ranshakova from the Stronganov Moscow State Art and Industry Academy.
In the Free Category: ‘Image of Moscow,’ by Alexander Chikunov from the People’s Friendship University of Russia took first place for his model ‘Tulips Small Architecture Form.’ Second prize was awarded to Moscow Architecture Institute student Angelina Zamotayeva for her ‘Skylas Sports Centre Project.’ The ‘Krasnaya’ model by Yelizaveta Valenkova, Polina Stepanyuk and Alexei Novikov from the Russian University of People’s Friendship won third.
First place in the "Glimpse into the Past: Moscow 100 Years Ago" category went to the "The Romanovs' Chambers in Zaryadye" model by Veronika Miroshnichenko and Sukhrab Khailobekov from the Romanovskaya School.
Winners and runners-up were chosen via polls on social network as well as by a professional jury. The Popular Choice award went to Pavel Benko, a student at Architecture, Design and Renovation College No. 26, for the model ‘Shopping Centre.’ Second place went to Sabina Abdulmanova from the Start School who made the model ‘House for New Moscow Districts.’ Kristina Kerber from the same school took third with a concept of the same name.
The Department of Urban Development devised the contest as a way for young architecture students to share their ideas.
“This contest helps us see how well the new generation is doing in such fields as architecture, engineering, investment and management,” Sergei Lyovkin said at the award ceremony. He wished participants new victories, unorthodox ideas and professional growth. “Keep honing your skills and stay loyal to your chosen profession,” Lyovkin said.
The effort to boost the potential of young Moscow specialists has been ongoing for years. According to Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, the integration of high school education with college- and university-level education is a priority in the coming years. Presenting an annual report to the Moscow City Duma deputies, the Mayor said that this megaproject hinges on the wide participation of colleges, universities, businesses and cultural organisations, all of which represent Moscow’s big creative potential.
The project was named ‘Ready for Learning, Life and Labour.’ It aims to give every student the opportunity to master the average-level skill for a profession in demand, or to receive deep training in a chosen profession before he or she finishes school. Schools are working to achieve this by opening various project groups, medical and engineering classes, and offering elective courses, while students can also attend lectures, workshops and guided tours as part of the Moscow Student’s Saturdays project.
Cutting-edge equipment is coming to schools, and it will take professional training to a new level. Before the end of 2016, 50 schools will receive high-tech equipment for their engineering classes, including digital labs, tools for 3D modelling and the study of materials structure, land surveying devices and nano-technology complexes.