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ITMO University has selected Allies and Morrison’s concept masterplan for its new campus in the proposed satellite city of Uzhny in the Pushkin district of St. Petersburg. The masterplan was chosen following an invited design competition with participants from Austria, the Netherlands and Russia. Proposals were presented to an international jury as part of the 7th St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum last November.

The Allies and Morrison proposal combines the qualities of a city – a clear urban hierarchy, a strong sense of enclosure, well-defined patterns of movement and continuity – with those of a campus – an all-embracing landscape structure and a powerful sense of focus and community. It recognises that the campus’s most important asset is its community of students, teachers, researchers, visitors, entrepreneurs and so proposes a network of interior and exterior common spaces to provide year-round platforms for collaboration and exchange.

On an area of 100 hectares, the campus combines education and innovation zones to form a single, interconnected place. Structured by its landscape and network of routes, ITMO High Park co-locates businesses alongside new academic centres, research buildings and student accommodation. By its completion in 2027, the ITMO anticipates welcoming 3,600 students, creating 12,000 jobs and some 50 international laboratories in Uzhny.