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Sustainable City

A new neighbourhood being planned west of Moscow aims to set a global benchmark for smart cities, one of the leading cruise fleet operators in the Nordic region is planning to use a by-product of rotten fish to help power new engines, and Mercedes-Benz has taken the wraps off its first all-electric vehicle.

Steve Hill

Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye is a new neighbourhood being planned west of Moscow which aims to set a global benchmark for smart, sustainable cities.

Zaha Hadid Architects and TPO Pride Architects have been selected to be part of the consortia that will develop a site of more than 460 hectares, to include new homes for 66,500 residents as well as schools, medical clinics, transport infrastructure, shopping districts and new civic and cultural institutions.

A total of four million square metres of new buildings are planned and a third of the neighbourhood is set to be parklands and forest bordering the Moscow River, with a 30-hectare lake at the centre.

And the project will optimise the consumption and production of sustainable local energy while integrating electric mobility, new technologies, services and infrastructure to increase connectivity and efficiencies.

Christos Passas, Project Director at Zaha Hadid Architects, said: “Working with specialist teams in Russia and Europe, we developed a people-centric design for a smart interconnected city that brings people together not only through innovative technology but also through the organisation of the public realm; building a community that integrates the natural aspects of the site with principles of openness and inclusivity in high-quality architecture [that is] suited to the 21st century.”

Construction of a 19-kilometre line connecting Rublyovo-Arkha

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