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When it comes to the world’s planned cities, most have a checkered history, even if some of them have been touched by architectural greatness. In this latter camp, there’s Brasília, of course. And Australia’s capital, Canberra, has an interesting layout centred on axes aligned with topographical landmarks. Which brings us to Russia’s Naberezhnye Chelny, a lesser-known planned city built in the 1970s around the legendary Kamaz truck factory. Its main square, Azatlyk, was likewise designed around a formal central axis intended to link two landmarks: Naberezhnye Chelny’s city hall and a proposed Lenin museum. The cultural facility, however, was never constructed, making the axis meaningless and the square itself an instant relic.

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In Russia, DROM Turns the Remnants of a Planned City Into a Bold Landscape

The Rotterdam-based studio revamps Azatlyk Square with an outdoor amphitheatre, diverse lawn, event space and vibrant orange bridge that references the city’s industrial past.

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