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Michiel van Driessche
World Landscape Architecture
PUBLIC SPACE FRAMEWORK FOR A NEW RESIDENTIAL AREA
The masterplan site is part of a family of three sites in the south-west of Novosibirsk, surrounded by largely agricultural fields and the Vaskhnil Agricultural Research Institute.
The aim of the project is to create an intimate urban area that mixes lower buildings, intimate landscapes and shared public spaces, in contrast with the standard high-rise developments in Russia.
The masterplan fits within an existing framework of a circular-shaped approved local plan, but is reinterpreted through a contrasting public space and landscape network. The open space is composed of different layers, operating on multiple scales.
“Together they play with the sequence of individual and public spaces, from block to urban quarter to regional landscape.”
The strategy begins with the preservation of the existing forest patches, creating natural breaks in the urban development and connections to the surrounding landscape. The green ring, as a circular park, integrates the forest patches into a public landscape zone that links together the entire district. The ring crosses the green strips, linear parks running through the blocks as the identity carriers of each neighbourhood. The strips are the link to the individual courtyards, creating enclosed private spaces for each block.
VASKhNIL was the All-Union Academy of Agricultural Sciences of the Soviet Union (the acronym stands for Lenin All-Union Academy of Agricultural Sciences). The main public space structures interprete the agriculture theme as placemaking principle in different ways. The courtyards are herbgardens for the block, the green strips are picking gardens for the neighborhood, the circular park an eco-circle for the urban quarter. Food production in relation to nature is the story this new development of Vaskhnil tells, and adds to the rich history of Vaskhnil as Academy of Agricultural Sciences.