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Belgorod City Centre

Open international competition for the design of an urban block in the centre of the city of Belgorod, Russia
Registration deadline is May 10, 2013, submission deadline June 3, 3013

The competition site is quite a large urban block (around 300 x 200 m), located in the very heart of the city. The task is to replace the low rise buildings that now occupy the site with a more dense development. Though the construction of high towers is very popular in Russia with developers, the city would like to limit the maximum building height limited to 15-20 meters. At the same time it is obvious that a certain density is required to make the project viable. The task of the competitors is to find the optimum between density and quality and offer the city a recipe for redeveloping the city center as a whole, making it at an attractive place to live and work.

The participants are asked to make a masterplan for the site. Deliverables are:
- Axonometric drawing 30/30 degrees 1:500
- Plans, elevations, sections 1: 500
- Detailed design of an important public space 1: 200
- Street views and views from within the block.
- A model scale 1: 1000 on a 10 mm base of 24 x 36 cm

The prize fund is 50.000 USD

It is necessary for competitors to register and pay a registration fee of 50 Euro. You can register at the site of the Belgorod Municipality

The competition website is
Here you will find maps, photo’s, updates and answers to questions.

The competition is curated by Bart Goldhoorn, publisher of PROJECT RUSSIA magazine (

The City of Belgorod is located in the southwest of Russia near the border with the Ukraine. With 350.000 inhabitants it is not very large. However, it’s population is growing, partly because with 70.000 thousand students it is a main university town that attracts students from all over the country. In the last 15 year the urban development strategy was directed at suburbanization. Though this policy has been quite successful, now the city is looking at the centre to see if there are development opportunities here. The site of this competition offers such an opportunity.

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