RSP Joins Esteemed International Jury to Shape Russia’s Anapa Tourism Future

RSP’s Executive Director in Master Planning, and Managing Director in RSP Hangzhou, Chen Hong, was recently invited as one of the international experts in the fields of urban development, urban planning, architecture, economics, urban anthropology and design at an open all-Russian competition by Tourism.RF on behalf of the Government of the Russian Federation. The event had international participation for the future tourist destination, “New Anapa Family Resort” in Russia’s Krasnodar Territory.

New Anapa is the headliner for the Five Seas Initiative to build perennial resorts on the shores of the Baltic, Azov, Black, Caspian and Japanese seas by 2030.

"It’s a great honor and opportunity for me to join the Jury Panel for New Anapa project, and a few other Russian projects previously. The unique site context and position of each project posted great potential for innovative ideas and investment. It was exciting to see various approaches based on different value and development philosophy, and I always enjoy learning and sharing with other jury members to facilitating the selection of best suitable participants for the mission."

Image credits: Tourism.RF Corporation

In an official press release, Veniamin Kondratiev, the Governer of Krasnodar Region shared, “Construction of New Anapa is an important and promising project for Krasnodar Region. It will certainly attract new tourists to the region and give impetus to the resort development to which we are committed.”

An exclusive interview was held prior to the final jury, where Chen Hong gave her insights on what is master-planning, how it differs from urban design, and how long does it take to implement. Answering a question on fashion change within the concepts of urban design and planning, Chen Hong replied, “Planning and urban design are required to respond to the various needs in different development stage.

For example, environmental issues caused major shifting from grey infrastructure to green infrastructure, such as the program of “Green Plot Ratio” and “LUSH (Landscaping for Urban Space and Highrise) ” in Singapore has greatly transformed the “Garden City” into “A City in the Garden”. A vertical ecological and pedestrian corridor was proposed by RSP to link both sides of the highspeed railway station in Zhuhai City will turn a busy transport hub into grand city gateway and pleasant tourist destination… Nowadays, aging population and pandemic phenomenon are another common concern, which lead to a trend of intensifying service center with healthcare facilities close to home within walking distance, and a popularity of outdoor activities together with more sharing space to suit flexible working style.”

Chen Hong travelled to Moscow in late November to physically attend the final jury meeting.

During her trip, Chen Hong was also privileged to be invited as a speaker for MARCH Architecture School, an international University in Architecture and Urbanism education in Moscow. She presented to a room of students, sharing more on her expertise in Master Planning.