25 days left to apply for the competition for the development of a Norilsk renovation concept

26.08.2021 25 days left to apply for the competition for the development of a Norilsk renovation concept

Acceptance of applications for the Open International Competition for the development of an architectural and planning renovation concept for the city of Norilsk up to 2035 continues.

The competition was initiated by the city administration and the Norilsk Development Agency, supported by Nornickel. The competition operator is CENTER Lab, an international urban laboratory.

Norilsk is the world's northernmost city with over 150,000 citizens. Moreover, it is one of the windiest and coldest cities on Earth. Winter here lasts for 9 months and the temperature falls below -50°C. Permafrost is located at a shallow depth from the ground surface and goes down to 300–500 meters. Therefore, a pile foundation technology is used in construction.

The transpolar city is currently seeing active development both as a world-class metalworking hub and a skill, knowledge, and research center in the Arctic. Norilsk aims to evolve from the concept of a monocity, where the entire community works in a single industry. It wants to expand its specialization by supporting business, creativity, and tourism.

Creation of the architectural and planning concept is an important stage of the city’s social and economic development program under the quadripartite agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation, the Government of Krasnoyarsk Krai, the Norilsk city administration, and Nornickel.

The contestants have a unique opportunity to breathe new life into the city and present state-of-the-art ideas of its future development.

The competition is open to professional organizations specializing in integrated land development and urban planning, architecture, design, creation of concepts for the development of public spaces, and master planning, and capable of attracting specialists in economics, finance, social modeling, and content programming to the team.

Approximately 40 architects, city planners, urbanists from various territories already showed interest in the competition.

At the end of the first stage, based on the portfolio of completed projects that demonstrate relevant experience, along with an essay with a description of ideas for the future development of Norilsk that would maximize its potential, three finalists will be chosen to develop Norilsk renovation concepts.

While preparing their proposals, the participants need to take into account the unique geographical location of Norilsk, as well as its climatic characteristics, historical development features, and the new vision for its territory.

The judges include Norilsk and Krasnoyarsk Krai government officials; representatives of Nornickel and the Norilsk Development Agency; and Russian and foreign experts in integrated land development, ecology, economics and spatial planning, marketing and communications, technologies and innovations.

The total prize fund for the competition is 15,500,000 rubles.

Applications will be accepted until September 21 (12:00 pm Moscow time) on the official website of the competition https://norilsk2035.ru/

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