Ecopolis Sakhalin Competition, Russian Architecture Design Contest 2021 News
Ecopolis in Sakhalin International Competition
21 May 2021
Ecopolis in Sakhalin Open International Competition News
Open International Competition
BIRTH OF A NEW CITY: LAUNCH OF AN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION TO DEVELOP A
CONCEPT FOR AN ECOPOLIS IN SAKHALIN REGION
May, 2021, Moscow, Sakhalin – In February 2021, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Yury Trutnev announced that a new ecopolis would be built in the south of Sakhalin Region, which has political, strategic and economic importance for Russia. An Open International Competition for the development of an architectural and urban planning concept for the new city in Sakhalin Region was announced by the TASS information agency.
The competition will be held from May 12 to October 26, 2021. The goal of the competition is to develop a concept for a fundamentally new city model. It is planned to construct the ecopolis on the territory of the Korsakov urban district, within the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk metropolitan area in the southern part of the island, as an example of an innovative fast developing city in the Asia-Pacific region.
Sergey Olontsev, Deputy Head, Sakhalin Region Government:
“We believe that efforts to provide high-quality education and training programs, and to create an
environment where young professionals can realize their personal potential and develop in their field is one
of the most important areas of work of the Government of Sakhalin Region, which is focused on the future
of the region. We want our talented young adults to receive a high-quality education and then work in
Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands. And we want to build a new city that will appeal to them and highly-qualified
specialists from all over the world. The ecopolis is set to become a leading, world-renowned innovative
scientific and educational center.”
The project was personally initiated by the Governor Valery Limarenko. The new city will be built as part of
a large-scale project carried out by the Sakhalin Region Development Corporation and the Ministry of
Architecture and Urban Development of Sakhalin Region. The work is being performed by a consortium led
by the Agency for Strategic Development CENTER, which includes the Moscow Genplan Institute.
Alexey Rakitsky, Minister of Architecture and Urban Development of Sakhalin Region:
“Today we are creating a metropolitan area that is the main outpost in the south of Sakhalin Region.
Ecopolis is one of the most important facets of the metropolitan area. The project involves the construction
of a city in a free area to the east of the existing urban area. The city will include a multimodal logistics
center with a special economic zone, an innovative scientific and educational cluster, and a network of
research and experimental marine research institutes.”
Alexander Ivashov, Head, Korsakov Urban District:
“The new development in the city will undoubtedly breathe new life into our urban district and further boost
growth. Thanks to Ecopolis, the city of Korsakov will be strategically transformed and modernized. It will be
a single administrative unit, which, in fact, will become a new city.
The master plan of Ecopolis involves the construction of an outlet to the sea, long-anticipated by residents,
as well as an embankment, myriad public spaces, a transformation of the architectural appearance of the
city center, and the enhancement and development of urban infrastructure. The city will become beautiful,
modern and attractive for investors, enabling us to bring the region to a new level.”
The main goals of the new city are to meet the demand for the qualitative transformation of the regional
economy, its modernization and diversification, the development of green energy, as well as the creation
of a technology incubator and new industries, with subsequent replication in the territories of Sakhalin
Region, the Far Eastern Federal District and the Russian Federation. The city shall become a self-sufficient
economic cluster that appeals to highly-qualified specialists.
“Among other things, the further development of the city of Korsakov is closely tied to the reconstruction
of its port. We consider it the driver of the future economy of the city as a whole. This will provide tax
revenues, create jobs and enable us to continue to create a comfortable urban environment.”
Evgeny Bondarchuk, Project Manager, Sakhalin Region Development Corporation JSC:
“Urban planning transformations in Sakhalin Region are one of the priorities of the Sakhalin Region
Development Corporation and the Ministry of Architecture and Urban Development of Sakhalin Region,
which are collaborating in this field. The new city should become a driver of economic growth in the region,
and the Corporation can act as a kind of developer of Ecopolis as a attractive investment project.
The specific format of the Corporation’s participation in the project will be determined after the
development of the concept and investment model for the creation of Ecopolis”.
The judging panel of the competition will include representatives of executive authorities of Sakhalin
Region and Russian and international experts in the field of urban planning and architecture, as well as
members of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP).
The operator and the budget of the competition were determined through open competitive procedures.
The total budget of the open international competition is 99,950,000 rubles, including the prize fund – 17
million rubles, as well as a comprehensive research – 30 million rubles.
Sergei Georgievskii, CEO, Agency for Strategic Development CENTER:
“Our Agency, together with the Moscow Genplan Institute, performs comprehensive analytical work, from
defining the boundaries to developing the economic and urban planning model of the future city. As early
as at the research stage, we aim to implement the new standard of public participation developed by the
Ministry of Construction of Russia and Strategic Initiative Agency, as well as principles of integrated
territory development by creating a comfortable urban environment and a smart city based on the best
practices of the Ministry of Construction of Russia and DOM.RF. I am sure that leading Russian and foreign
specialists in the field of architecture, urban planning, economics and programming will take part in the
The closing date for competition applications is June 7 (12.00 Moscow time). Participation is open to
professional organizations in the field of integrated territorial development and urban planning,
architecture, design, and concept development of public spaces, which operate in Russia and are able to
bring economics, finance, digital technologies and content programming experts into their team. Based on
the results of the first meeting of the judging panel, five finalists will be chosen who will continue to
compete and present their concepts at the final Jury meeting on October 26.
The results of the competition will be presented on November 3–5 at the Zodchestvo International Festival
of Architecture and Design.
To take part in the competition, fill out an application on the official competition website at:
www.sakhalinecopolis.ru, and provide a portfolio of completed projects that demonstrate relevant
experience, along with an essay with a description of ideas for the development of the new city that would
maximize its potential.
Sakhalin Region and Korsakov
Sakhalin Region is an island region that forms part of Far Eastern Federal District and which is located at
the eastern border of the Russian Federation. The region has an advantageous geostrategic position in
the Asia-Pacific region, through which it can participate in fast growing economic relations. The region is
located in the area of the potential convergence of three new transport corridors which are global mega
projects: the Northern Sea Route, the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative, and the Japanese Initiative on
Port Connectivity and Creation of Economic Corridors.
The Korsakov urban district includes 18 urban areas: 17 villages and the city of Korsakov, which is the
administrative center of the urban district. The city of Korsakov is the second largest city in Sakhalin
Region, with a population of 34,000 people. The seaport of Korsakov, which operates year-round, is one of
the largest and strategically most important ports in Sakhalin. This new development project will bring the
region to a new level.
Sakhalin Region Development Corporation
The goal of investment activities of AO Sakhalin Region Development Corporation is to stimulate
investment and ensure economic growth in the Sakhalin Region and the Far Eastern Federal District,
promote the development of economic potential and strengthen economic relations of the Sakhalin
Region, the Far Eastern Federal District, and the Russian Federation in the Asia-Pacific region. The
Corporation’s investment policy is based on a strategy of preserving and increasing capital premised on
achieving target return while minimizing risks. AO Sakhalin Region Development Corporation implements
investment projects that guarantee multiplicative socio-economic effects.
Agency for Strategic Development “CENTER”
The Agency for Strategic Development “CENTER” is a Russian analytical and consulting organization that
works on multi-purpose projects in the sphere of development and urban planning, in addition to being one
of the top operators of various architecture, urban planning, and design competitions. The Agency
CENTER was founded in Moscow in 2014 It deals with matters related to comprehensive land and real
estate development and to the quality of the urban environment in more than 60 Russian regions. The
Agency’s portfolio features projects commissioned by major developers, investment companies, land and
facility owners, federal and regional authorities, and professional communities. When working on a few of
these projects, CENTER joined forces with the governments of the Russian constituent entities and the
Russian Ministry of Construction and the Housing and Utilities Sector, as strategic partners.
Genplan Institute of Moscow
The Genplan Institute of Moscow has been engaged in complex development of urban planning documents
for about 70 years. The Institute has significantly contributed to the development of Moscow and the
Moscow Region by designing major objects in the capital. The Institute is the only design organization in
the country that supports the process of developing, monitoring, and implementing the General Plan of
Moscow on a consistent basis.
By now the geography of the Institute’s activities has significantly
expanded: it has created general plans of Kazan, Sevastopol, Almetyevsk, Voronezh, and Nizhny Novgorod,
area planning designs for Sarov, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, and Vyborg, designs of buffer zones of heritage sites
in the Republic of Dagestan and the Sakhalin Region, and the entire array of urban planning documentation
for Ufa and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. An integral part of the Institute’s activities is scientific research and
formulation of proposals for improving regulatory frameworks and methodological support.
The project is being implemented in accordance with Agreement No. KRSO-49/2021-ZAK of March 15,
2021, concluded between the Sakhalin Region Development Corporation JSC and Agency for Strategic
Development CENTER LLC in respect of the research project Development of Five Architectural and Urban
Planning Concepts for a New City in Sakhalin Region.
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