A New Topography for a Dismantled Urban Area

Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Thanks to this project, Moscow, a city of historically, formally and symmetrically constructed public spaces, is now home to a new wilderness: an artificial topography covers the entire area and is dotted by a system of paths culminating in a walkway powerfully cantilevered over the river. Small groups of trees mediate the relationship with the edges of the site, defined by broad high-speed arteries. Vegetation and the system of paths were designed in an equalised hierarchy to create a fluid and free space. The system of vegetation is founded on a technological section studied to react to the strong temperature excursions faced in Moscow during the year. Vegetation is also a device of social aggregation, articulated in landscaped spaces that can also be used for a moment of pause and observation. They belong to a unique system comprising the buildings located in the park and an integral part of it.

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