A whole range of wild and daring ideas has come to the minds of urban planners currently working out the ways to change the Russian capital.
Among the main issues addressed are developing the metropolitan area as a whole, dealing with the new communities that appeared after Moscow’s annexation and creating the federal government’s new center for operations.
One of the most unusual ideas was proposed by the Paris team, who suggest using the natural landscape as the main arteries for transportation. They propose using rivers instead of building new motorways. A system of ferries, they believe, will help ease the routine of Moscow commuters.
They even suggested creating a large corridor from St. Petersburg all the way down to the Black Sea, with affordable hotels and restaurants along the way.
There were also suggestions to make Moscow Region part of Moscow, just like Tokyo’s expansion of suburbs.
Other ideas include turning existing industrial zones into new housing within the city, building a larger metro network and increasing pedestrian zones to promote the use of feet and bicycles for transportation rather than cars.
The designers from Barcelona also proposed creating more green zones around rivers, major motorways and roads.
For more, watch RT's interview with architects Antoine Grumbach and Jean-Michel Wilmotte.
Watch the interview with Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill.
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