2018 International Urban Design Award

Architect Maxim Atayants, St. Petersburg, Russia believes it is important to create a continuous, human scale urban fabric that provides a hospitable background and setting for people’s lives. He believes cities need a fabric of urban blocks, and a hierarchy of roads, streets, boulevards.

Atayants has designed nine new neighborhoods around Moscow over the last decade. Many are already built, sold and inhabited by more than 25,000 people, and some new neighborhoods are under construction and in design.  

One new urban neighborhood for 12,000 inhabitants, which is already completed has buildings 4-8 stories, and includes a school, and a couple of kindergartens. The high density improves the urban feeling. Pedestrian passages run beneath the buildings to allow children to walk to kindergarten and school without crossing any streets with heavy traffic. The development includes a bridge over a canal containing 4 luxury apartments, which were sold at 4 times the price of other apartments. Parking was provided at the periphery as a kind of city wall to protect the neighborhood from the heavily trafficked road.

Another project Atayants is currently working on is at the scale of a city with 65,000 – 70,000 inhabitants. This project provides all the necessary facilities – market place, city administration, concert hall, etc. – everything. A canal runs the length of the development, and parks and squares are spaced throughout the city. Multi-story parking garages protect the neighborhoods from roads with heavy traffic, and towards the city they provide an area for terraced gardens. The city contains no supermarkets, but instead has a winding pedestrian shopping street.

The award reads:

The 2018 International Making Cities Livable
International Urban Design Award to

Maxim Atayants

for his outstanding designs for

New Classical Urban Neighborhoods

in Moscow, and Sochi Ski Village

In recognition of the exemplary use of continuous mixed use human scale
Classical urban fabric, that creates a beautiful setting for people’s lives
and improves health and well-being.