“Moscow Street” is the best sustainable development initiative according to the 2018 Qatar Sustainability Awards.
Strelka KB received the international Sustainability Award on October 28 in Qatar. The prize is awarded for the contribution of individuals, institutions, and organizations in promoting sustainable urban development and environmental protection.
“Moscow Street” is considered an example of outstanding importance for transforming the image of a historical capital. According to the program, the entire central part of Moscow has been transformed into a huge public space. Many streets were reconstructed in the period between 2014 and 2017, with energy-efficient street lights installed and trees planted, including such emblematic ones as Tverskaya Street, the Garden Ring, Novy Arbat, and Khokhlovskaya Square. Historical heritage and the new life of urban spaces were both carefully considered.
Strelka KB acted as an integrator between customers, contractors, and architects, and also provided international expertise in the fields of urban planning, ecology, transport, and cultural heritage. World renowned architectural offices such as West 8, OKRA, karres + brands, and Snohetta joined forces with young Russian architects – for example, Plan_B – to redesign iconic territories. The unprecedented large-scale renewal of urban space allowed Moscow to host millions of fans during the 2018 World Cup.
The organizers noted that the changes in Moscow have a long-term perspective and are aimed not so much at the guests of the 2018 World Cup, but at the residents of the city.
Earlier, a section of the "Moscow Street" project which was devoted to the improvement of Moscow’s Garden Ring was shortlisted for the European Prize for Urban Public Space. The “Moscow Street” program also received an award from the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP).