Architecture in Dialogue: The Aga Khan Award for Architecture


Aerial view of the swimming pool by the city beach, Almetyevsk. / Photo © Ivan Petrov
Aerial view of the swimming pool by the city beach, Almetyevsk. / Photo © Ivan Petrov

Public Spaces Development Programme

Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation

The Public Spaces Development Programme is a programme that, to date, has improved 328 public spaces all over Tatarstan. The ambitious programme sought to counter the trend toward private ownership by refocusing priorities on quality public spaces for the people of Tatarstan. It has now become a model throughout the Russian Federation.

Patron: Rustam Minnikhanov, President of the Republic of Tatarstan
Conception: Natalia Fishman-Bekmambetova, curator, Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Tatarstan, Ministry of Construction, Architecture, Housing and Utilities of the Republic of Tatarstan

Aerial view of the Central Square in Bavly. / Photo © Lenar Gimaletdinov
Aerial view of the Central Square in Bavly. / Photo © Lenar Gimaletdinov


Science and Entertainment Centre in Zdorovye Park, Almetyevsk. / Photo © Daniil Shvedov Science and Entertainment Centre in Zdorovye Park, Almetyevsk. / Photo © Daniil Shvedov

“We are not working to help the architect implement his vision. We are working to make the people happy! If I were a private developer, maybe I would have also desire to put the money to express myself and to support some crazy or innovative visions of an architect, but here, we worked to make the people happy and we spend the tax money. So, we really should be focusing most on what the people want.”

—Natalia Fishman, Curator

Kaban Lake riverfront promenade, Kazan. / Photo © Daniil Shvedov Kaban Lake riverfront promenade, Kazan. / Photo © Daniil Shvedov

Basketball court at the riverfront, Sarmanovo village. / Photo © Daniil Shvedov Basketball court at the riverfront, Sarmanovo village. / Photo © Daniil Shvedov

Embankment in Apastovo. / Photo © Daniil Shvedov Embankment in Apastovo. / Photo © Daniil Shvedov

Krylia Sovetov Park, Kazan. / Photo © Bulat Rakhimov Krylia Sovetov Park, Kazan. / Photo © Bulat Rakhimov

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