…and the winner is Moscow!
Just ten years ago, the capital of Russia didn’t have much to brag about. But over the past few years, the city has transformed so much that it’s claiming awards left and right.
Moscow’s accomplishments across various spheres – from the transport sector to monument restoration – have been recognized with domestic and international awards.
Every year, Moscow receives awards from international and Russian contests for urban development (we’ll go over just a few of the international awards). Experts have taken note of the Moscow Central Circle, the city’s government e-services, and the establishment of the above-ground transport network “Magistral.” The capital’s programs aimed at preserving historical monuments have been recognized as the most effective in the world. New city spaces have also received international awards.
The city’s competent development of the transport infrastructure has received the most recognition over the past three years – Moscow has won four awards in this sphere. In 2016, Moscow claimed the ITF Transport Award “For special achievements in the transport sector” in the “Passenger transfers” category, and placed second in the Sustainable Transport Award for accomplishments in the establishment of a comfortable transport and city environment. The international Sustainable Transport Award, which was founded in 2005, is one of the most prestigious awards in the world. The jury includes experts from the World Bank, the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy in New York, and representatives from expert organizations in the spheres of transportation and urban development. In 2018, Moscow once again received the special Sustainable Transport Award – a “Special achievements” prize for advances in transport infrastructure development. In 2017, the city claimed two prestigious awards. One was the “Honorable mention” award for transport infrastructure development from Global Public Transport Awards. The second was from Traffic Index Awards “For contributions to parking space development” (for the best organization of parking spaces).
Moscow’s achievements in transforming the capital into a smart city have also received recognition. In 2016 the capital was a World Smart City Awards finalist in the “City” category for the development of government e-services. Last year, Moscow won two international awards in the “technologies” category: a special prize in the “Provision of government services in electronic format” nomination category from WeGO and a prize from the Intelligent Community Awards, making it into the top-7 smart cities all over the world.
Moscow also received high praise for the World Cup, which the city hosted last year. A year prior to the championship, Luzhniki stadium received the Sport Engineering AWARDS prize in the “Advanced sports architecture” category. And, of course, it should come as no surprise that Russia was recognized as one of the best cities for holding festivals and public events by the World Festival and Event City Award 2018.
The city not only gets international awards for its sports architecture, but also for the architecture of its historical monuments. In 2012, Moscow won a gold medal at the European exhibition DENKMAL for the authentic restoration of the Triumphal Arch. In 2016, DENKMAL presented Moscow with a special award for outstanding achievements in the sphere of historical architectural monument preservation.
Zaryadye Park, which opened in the fall of 2017, is undoubtedly one of the best projects in the city. It received two awards in 2018. One was from the international architecture weblog ArchDaily, where the park became a laureate in the “Best public spaces project” category. The other was from InAVation Awards – the park won in the “Visitor Attraction” category. The award was presented for the park’s media equipment, as well as for its audiovisual installations in the media center – the “Time Machine” and “Flight” rides.