After winning the international design competition in 2013, Hargreaves Associates in collaboration with Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Citymakers celebrated the opening of Zaryadye park on September 9th 2017. This park is the first large scale public park to open in Moscow in the last 50 years.
Zaryadye Park, a 13 hectare (32 acre) park in the heart of Moscow, represents a historic transformation of Russia’s capital that will demonstrate Moscow’s commitment to innovative design for 21st century civic spaces. The design is based on the principle of Wild Urbanism, a hybrid landscape where the natural and the built cohabit to create a new type of public space. Characteristic elements of the historic district of Kitay-Gorod and the cobblestone paving of Red Square are combined with the lush gardens of the Kremlin to create a new park that is both urban and green. Located on a site that was occupied throughout Moscow’s history, and until the early 1990’s by the Rossiya Hotel, the rubble filled site had sat fallow until the park’s development. Zaryadye Park is the missing link that completes the collection of world-famous monuments and urban districts forming central Moscow.
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How can an abstract term like “Topology” become pertinent and effective to landscape thinking today? There is a schism between the way landscape is understood scientifically, either as a normative network or an environmental system, and the way the same place exists emotionally for people. This disparity which prevails in today’s landscape calls for a change of approach, both in terms of action and perception. Topology, in this instance, is not confined to the science of continuous surfaces in mathematics, it can pay greater attention to deeper spatial, physical, poetic and philosophical values embedded in a long tradition of designed nature. The strength of landscape topology is that it can weave together and integrate heterogeneous fields of action into a single meaningful whole. It brings disciplines together on a common topological “vellum” capable of improving our understanding of landscape as a cultural construct with all its inherent beauty and strength.
With contributions by: Annemarie Bucher, Gion A. Caminada, Stefan Körner, Wilhelm Krull, Norbert Kühn, Hansjörg Küster, Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani, Lothar Schäfer, Joseph Schwartz, Martin Seelis, Michael Seiler, Antje Stokman, Wulf Tessin.