A press conference at the launch of the Open International Architecture and Urban Planning Competition for the development of a master plan for the territory adjacent to the Almetyevsk Reservoir on the Stepnoy Zay river took place on November 27, 2019 at the press center of the Tatar-inform news agency. The competition is of particular importance as a pilot project for the Republic of Tatarstan, aimed at the rehabilitation of compromised land plots and the preservation of valuable natural resources caused by production work when creating and locating infrastructure facilities. At the end of the Competition, the results of environmental rehabilitation from man-made impact can be applied on similar sites both in the Republic of Tatarstan and in other regions of the country.
The competition will take place from November 27, 2019 through April 23, 2020. Its purpose is to prepare a master plan that ensures the revitalization of the land area adjacent to the Almetyevsk reservoir on the Steppe Zay river in the city of Almetyevsk, and its transformation into a landmark public space for the city’s residents, broadcasting the mission and image of Almetyevsk as a city with a high standard of living, recognized as such from outside the city.
The initiators of the competition are the Administration of the city of Almetyevsk and PJSC TATNEFT named after V.D. Shashin. The competition is supported by the Government of the Republic of Tatarstan. The operator of the Competition is the Agency for Strategic Development CENTER.
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During the press conference, the Assistant to the President of the Republic of Tatarstan, Natalia Fishman-Bekmambetova, outlined the main vectors for the development of public spaces in the Republic of Tatarstan and the importance of changing them in the context of the republic, and also spoke about the work of the government in this direction.
Natalia Fishman-BekmambetovaAssistant to the President of the Republic of Tatarstan
An international competition is an opportunity to attract the best minds to the development of the territory. I look forward to something very interesting and large-scale not only for Tatarstan, but also for urban development throughout Russia, because approaches to design are changing before our very eyes. We are now talking about comprehensive planning of the future of our cities which is completely new for the post-Soviet space.
In his speech the Head of the Almetyevsk Region of the Republic of Tatarstan Timur Nagumanov indicated the special role of the Almetyevsk region as a whole, and Almetyevsk in particular, in the structure of the Republic of Tatarstan. He talked about working with public spaces in the district and the city, and outlined a number of the most important projects for the city.
Timur NagumanovHead of the Almetyevsk Region of the Republic of Tatarstan
Almetyevsk is becoming a platform for the transfer of experience in organizing urban public spaces and bicycle infrastructure. An open competition provides the best opportunity to research the territory as efficiently and publicly as possible. It’s very important to come up with a concept that will suit everyone.
The Chief Architect of Almetyevsk, Anton Sevastyanov, pointed out what challenges the district faces in the Republic’s quest to create a comfortable environment in the region. He described how the city has been transformed, and what architectural practices have already been introduced to Almetyevsk recently.
The Deputy General Director of PJSC TATNEFT for Capital Construction, Nikolay Glazkov, shared the experience of PJSC TATNEFT in Almetyevsk and the Almetyevsk agglomeration, and outlined which projects have been implemented recently. The company invests and supports initiatives aimed at changing the quality of the urban environment.
Nikolay GlazkovThe Deputy General Director of PJSC TATNEFT for Capital Construction
We are developing not only business, but we are doing everything in order to turn the region into a successful, thriving territory, with room for creativity, and conditions have been created for self-realization. Then the most talented, highly professional staff will live and work here. We want people to be proud that they live in our country, our republic, in Almetyevsk, and that they work for Tatneft. And we will do everything possible to achieve this.
The head of the Organizing Committee of the competition, CEO of the Agency for Strategic Development CENTER, Sergei Georgievskii, spoke about the specifics of the competitive procedure, as well as about what was special about the chosen location, the difficulties and its current state.
Sergei GeorgievskiiHead of the Organizing Committee of the competition, CEO of the Agency for Strategic Development CENTER
It's time to determine the strategy of the future. And the most effective tool to achieve this goal is to hold an international professional competition, which will enable us to get several completely different concepts for transforming the landmark territory for the city and the whole Republic.