Russian-Chinese consortium Turenscape and MAP architects was announced as winners of a major competition to redevelop the Kaban lake system embankments in Kazan, Russia. Their winning concept, “Elastic band: The Immortal Treasure of Kazan” aims to establish a "continuous system of landscapes along the bank line, which will preserve the cultural and historical memory and become a basement for future stage-by-stage development."
"The water is turning into a real living treasure and heritage of Kazan," said the competition's organizer.
From the architects: The basis of the concept is creation of green and blue band along the lakes, which will unite the objects of nature, culture, residential spaces, tourism and transport networks. Within the project it is expected to create three types of landscapes, tied into bands and turning Kazan into a stable and viable city:
- The ecological band unites green territories into a single system, creates effective management of wastewater purification, and contributes to the preservation of ecological diversity of the region.
- The cultural band integrates local objects of historical and cultural heritage, creates effective social infrastructure along the banks of the lakes, offering different activity programs.
- The low-speed transport band involves creation of system of low-speed transport (in the first place of bicycle transport) and improvement of public transport system, due to which the lake area will become more available for guests and more comfortable for pedestrians and bike riders.
Turenscape and MAP architects' proposal was chosen by a jury comprised of key representatives of the Republic of Tatarstan Government as well as leading international, Russian and Moscow architects, urbanists, specialists in the field of landscape design and cultural programming. Work is expected to began at the embankments in 2016.