Launch of an International competition to develop a concept for an Ecopolis in Sakhalin region

18 May, 2021

Today, the TASS news agency launched an open international competition for the development of an architectural and urban planning concept for a new city in the Sakhalin Region.

The competition will be held from May 12 to October 26, 2021 The goal of the competition is to develop a concept for a fundamentally new city model. It is planned to construct the ecopolis on the territory of the Korsakov urban district, within the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk metropolitan area in the southern part of the island, as an example of an innovative fast developing city in the Asia-Pacific region.

The project was personally initiated by the Governor Valery Limarenko. The new city will be built as part of a large-scale project carried out by the Sakhalin Region Development Corporation and the Ministry of Architecture and Urban Development of Sakhalin Region. The work is being performed by a consortium led by the Agency for Strategic Development CENTER, which includes the Moscow Genplan Institute.

Sergey OlontsevDeputy Head, Sakhalin Region Government

“We believe that efforts to provide high-quality education and training programs, and to create an environment where young professionals can realize their personal potential and develop in their field is one of the most important areas of work of the Government of Sakhalin Region, which is focused on the future of the region. We want our talented young adults to receive a high-quality education and then work in Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands. And we want to build a new city that will appeal to them and highly-qualified specialists from all over the world. The ecopolis is set to become a leading, world-renowned innovative scientific and educational center.”

The main goals of the new city are to meet the demand for the qualitative transformation of the regional economy, its modernization and diversification, the development of green energy, as well as the creation of a technology incubator and new industries, with subsequent replication in the territories of Sakhalin Region, the Far Eastern Federal District and the Russian Federation. The city shall become a self-sufficient economic cluster that appeals to highly-qualified specialists.

Sergei GeorgievskiiCEO, Agency for Strategic Development CENTER

“Our Agency, together with the Moscow Genplan Institute, performs comprehensive analytical work, from defining the boundaries to developing the economic and urban planning model of the future city. As early as at the research stage, we aim to implement the new standard of public participation developed by the Ministry of Construction of Russia and Strategic Initiative Agency, as well as principles of integrated territory development by creating a comfortable urban environment and a smart city based on the best practices of the Ministry of Construction of Russia and DOM.RF. I am sure that leading Russian and foreign specialists in the field of architecture, urban planning, economics and programming will take part in the competition."

The closing date for competition applications is June 7 (12.00 Moscow time). Participation is open to professional organizations in the field of integrated territorial development and urban planning, architecture, design, and concept development of public spaces, which operate in Russia and are able to bring economics, finance, digital technologies and content programming experts into their team. Based on the results of the first meeting of the judging panel, five finalists will be chosen who will continue to compete and present their concepts at the final Jury meeting on October 26. 

The results of the competition will be presented on November 3–5 at the Zodchestvo International Festival of Architecture and Design.

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