Architectural and urban planning environment on the territory of the IFC

Cultural content, parks and trade centres

A roundtable discussion “Architectural and urban planning environment on the territory of the IFC in “Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye” took place in Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design on October, 9. It was the third and the last discussion aiming ventilation of the main aspects of the International financial center (IFC) development within the experts circle. The results of discussions will help to expand a Competition Documentation of the competition.

According to Sergei Kuznetsov, the Chief Architect of Moscow, Singapore’s critical experience may be taken into consideration in planning of the IFC development. “The lack of cultural content turns Singapore into such an extension of the airport, where people arrived on their business trips for 1-2 days and nothing more can be done there”, - he noted. – That is why if we speak about development stability, it is necessary to envisage a cultural and a sports content, it is necessary to think over, what makes people accept the IFC as an alternative center of Moscow. Sergey Kuznetsov has advised to analyze the leisure of potential target audience of Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye and try to meet these requirements. “There will be occasional trips outside, for instance, to the Bolshoi Theater, which cannot be built in Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye. But other needs may be met via commonplace things, such as a shopping mall, for example. I wouldn’t be afraid of repeating somebody”.

Mikhail Beilin, the leading architect of the Project Meganom bureau noted that a park, which is not necessarily a natural recreational zone, may be considered as a point of attraction. He held up the Millennium-park in Chicago as an example, where famous designers’ and architects’ works are presented. “Thanks to the renewal of its content, the park serves as a museum, where one may observe both temporary and permanent exhibition”.

Maria Stepanova from Research and Project Institute of Moscow City Master Plan offered to consider the possibility to connect the park in Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye with the park in Arkhangelskoye estate park, developing convenient access ways to the estate to make the neighborhood mutually advantageous.

Mikhail Blinkin, the director of Institute for Transport Economics and Transport Policy Studies of National Research University of Higher School of Economics, finds it comforting that working places of large companies will be located beyond the center of Moscow. It means that the daily migration will be in the counter-flow to the main traffic flows of Moscow residents and will make it possible to unclog traffic arteries of the capital.

A heated discussion erupted around the development of a shopping mall within the territory of Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye.

Oleg Alekseev, the vice president of Skolkovo fund, argued against the construction of a large shopping and entertainment center on the territory of Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye. According to him, a shopping mall provokes an interpassive behavior, when a person consumes the easiest. And a financial center, in his opinion, is favorable for interactive, constructive behavior.

Mikhail Blinkin believes that commerce and more complicated entertainments are not mutually exclusive, but mutually complementary. “Intellectuals dispute in a club on Fridays and go shopping at weekends. One thing today, another thing tomorrow”, - he believes.

According to Sergei Kuznetsov, there is a danger that the existence of a large retail center will involve disappearance of small business from a city streets. “I believe that it is necessary to specify in a technical assignment that a city shall be present as a scene of life. One should not think that people disperse along a city streets and parks, streets are the place for life. It is necessary to elaborate the width of pavements, possibility to place bicycle lanes, benches, lightings on them”, - he points out.

Winding up the discussion, Elena Mandryko, the director of Development Department of CJSC Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye, noted that a shopping mall is a complex of services, which includes not only retail, but also a cinema hall and entertainment complexes, which could hardly be imagined in detached buildings, but which may be of demand among the visitors of Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye.