Winners of the International Concepts Competition for the Integrated Development of Saratov's City Centre

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Project teams
Ostrov Zeleny (Green Island), Pokrovskie Peski (Pokrovsky Sands) Island, and Park Pobedy (Victory Park).- Citymakers, Arteza landscape designers, Megabudka studio, Biology department of Saratov State University, and Transportation Design Studio. Former Saratov Tsentralny (Saratov-Central) airport and Glebuchev Ovrag (Glebuchev Ravine).- Karres en Brands, Mandaworks design studio, and Kosmos architects.
Organizer
Saratov's City Hall.
Dates
Launched on July 20, 2020.
Location
Saratov, Russia.

Sylvia Karres, Bart Brands. Karres en Brands

Since 1997 Karres en Brands has worked on diverse projects, studies and competitions, both at home and abroad. The studio was founded by Sylvia Karres, Bart Brands. Their work encompasses every scale of spatial design, from area strategies and infrastructural projects to parks and gardens, and from urban planning assignments to product design. With this they rely on their enthusiasm and craftsmanship, and they continuously broaden their outlook towards developing appropriate and innovative responses to the challenges of today.

Sylvia Karres (1956) studied landscape architecture at the Rijks Hogere School voor Tuin- en Landschapsinrichting (State College of Gardening and Landscaping) in Boskoop and at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam. She has previously worked at Bureau Maas, as well as for the Province of North Holland, and for ten years as a designer and project manager at Bureau Bakker and Bleeker (now B+B) in Amsterdam. In 1997, she founded the office of Karres en Brands together with Bart Brands. Sylvia is director and co-owner of Karres en Brands.

Bart Brands (1962) studied landscape architecture at the Rijks Hogere School voor Tuin- en Landschapsinrichting (State College of Gardening and Landscaping) in Boskoop and, thereafter, a few years of urbanism at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam. After an inspiring start working for the municipality of The Hague, he worked at Bureau Bakker and Bleeker (now B+B) from 1991 to 1996 and then, in 1997, founded the office of Karres en Brands landscape architects together with Sylvia Karres. Bart is director and co-owner of Karres en Brands.

Their commitment is based on the belief that through their projects they can make a contribution to an attractive, healthy and sustainable environment, now and later. They create designs with a powerful identity, strongly related to the specific context, but also resilient and open enough to respond to uncertain futures, without loss of clarity and hierarchy.

They see asking questions and giving insight as the basis of the design process. Their plans develop in close dialogue with the client and society. Their role, therefore, is never explicit, but instead based on customisation and a balance between control and participation. They are passionate builders, and contribute to the success of a plan together with good patronage.

Citymakers. Citymakers

Citymakers is a full-cycle company for the development of a high-quality urban environment. They find unique solutions for any project: from local venue programming to key urban area development. The end user of your products is always people. They are studying how people and residents will live and interact with the city in 10, 20 and 30 years. For them, they create the most ambitious projects that shape places with history.
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