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Sexy Beast | MKAD
       
     
Sexy Beast | MKAD

Moscow, RU

At a regional scale, both Moscow’s subways and high speed rail is extended past the existing MKAD, and a rapid transit ring rail is implemented under the existing MKAD right of way. This intersection between the ring transit and the radial mobility options provides the impetus for newly-gridded, peripheral urban cores for Moscow. Between these urban centers, the road system is reduced and woven to promote a variety of habitat patch and edge conditions, promoting biodiversity and species movement through the consolidation of habitat patches. Within the urban cores, this corridor becomes a public amenity in the form of a central urban park, also serving as a species stepping stone between ecological green spaces.

Within the park, the intersections, proposed as former relics of the MKAD are absorbed into the newly proposed park system that is designed around the phenomenon of the automobile. Rather than appropriating car culture, the park provides a celebratory space for the automobiles’ significance in historic context. Programmatically, the space is planned through the many formal and informal activitiesone can do from a car: sex, dates, socializing, dining, people-watching, racing, and spectating.
Moments are designed as spaces of either gathering or moving, through the individual unit of acar. Spiraling parking garages are intertwined with former intersections and designed for the privacy through the use of a one car-size bay, flanked by thick pines. This allows for privacy and the climbing experience one may encounter at a lookout of makeout point within a city. On the ground, a series of secluded spaces are scattered throughout the park that are encircled by mounds and a crown of trees, denoting the gathering aspect of these spaces.

Through the observance and study of junkyards, a correlation between topographical surface and these urban automobile graveyards was deduced that served as an inspiration for landform generation. Throughout the park, cars are stacked as an armature for several scales of mounds. Large, ten meter high mounds act as land art throughout the park, and aesthetically link the two sides of the urban core together through their reinforcement of the street axes. Yet other smaller topographies are scattered throughout the park, supporting these large earthworks, and providing a range of scales for visual diversity and a range of compositions. Lower, terminating mounds are used as terraced platforms in the drive-in theatre and arena spaces.

Design Critic: Martha Schwartz

2015

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