With their concept entitled “Elastic band: The Immortal Treasure of Kazan,” Russian-Chinese consortium Turenscape and MAP Architects won the competition to redevelop the Kaban Lake system embankments in Kazan, Russia. The proposal envisions a system of landscapes along the bank line meant to help preserve the ecological diversity of the region, while also creating a social infrastructure that includes public transport and cultural heritage sites.
The band-like system of different landscapes, interconnected with low-speed, public transport, will include local objects of historical and cultural heritage and create a social infrastructure that co-exists with the natural environment. Wastewater purification will be integrated into the design in order to aid in the efficient maintenance of the site.
The jury that selected the winning design – comprised of representatives of the Republic of Tatarstan Government, members of the architectural community in Russia and Moscow, urbanists and experts – chose the winning design as the best solution for the ecological frame of the city and a “green corridor.”
“The first step of the project will be the restoration of ecological infrastructure – cleaning of the water in lakes, planting of greenery. It is planned to create a system of slow traffic all along the quays, which then must spread to the whole city. Kaban Lake will be the first location in the city, which will allow joining all the open spaces of the city to the green corridor,” said co-author of the project, Stanley Lang.