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“Flower Jam” - 2019. Moscow Summer Gardens.

More and more applications for participation in the Open International Competition of Urban Landscape Design "Flower Jam – 2019” are being accepted every day. Next summer the competition will be held in Moscow for the third time already. There’ll be some changes introduced making it a bit different from the previous years: a new project evaluation system by members of the International Jury, a longer functionality period of the exhibition gardens and, of course, a new theme for the competition.

The gardens by competitors and special project installations will traditionally decorate the public spaces of the Russian capital – its squares, streets, boulevards and parks - for some time becoming integral part of the city’s landscape design.

In 2019 the life of the “Flower Jam” exhibition gardens will be extended: they’re going to stay functional not for several weeks only, as in previous years, but for several months, from June to September. Thanks to this, a much larger number of Muscovites and tourists will have a chance to take a look at these beautiful contesting gardens – as you can visit them not for a week or two, but during several months.

So, the concept of the Urban Landscape Design Competition of 2019 is to create Permanent Flowering Gardens. And “Moscow Summer Gardens” is the name of the new Competition theme for the participants in professional nominations.

Due to changes in the longer life of the competing exhibition gardens, the requirements for the projects and the evaluation system by members of the International Jury will be slightly different. According to the new rules of the competition, the Summer Gardens of Moscow, created by participants of the “Flower Jam -2019”, should not only maintain a high decorative effect throughout the summer period, but also change in appearance during this time. The gardens are proposed to be designed in such a way that the plants would bloom and reach the peak of decorativeness at different times, and in August, for example, the garden would look different than in June.

Unlike architectural creations, perceived in three dimensions, gardens are designed taking into account the fourth dimension: the time during which they change colors, volume and appearance.

Bearing this idea of Metamorphosis in mind, the members of the International Jury of the Competition will examine the finalists’ projects several times over the summer and evaluate them according to new rules. So, evaluations of all the different stages of a garden will be taken into consideration when making the final Jury decision.

This year's competition will be held in four professional nominations: large, medium and small exhibition gardens and "Landscape Design for educational and health institutions." The "social" nomination has been introduced for the first time. Participants are invited to develop functional projects for the territories of schools, boarding schools, hospitals, and other social institutions, taking into account their specifics: sensory and therapeutic gardens, landscape solutions for outdoor game and educational spaces.

There is also a special nomination for future professionals in the field of landscape design - students of specialized educational institutions: "The Student Projects Competition”. The nomination was introduced in 2017 in order to attract creative young people into discussing of visions for new looks of Moscow and addressing issues of modern urban landscape design.

As in previous years, there’s the nomination for amateurs: “Competition of amateur flower beds on district grounds”. It will be held in early September 2019 and will be, as in 2018, timed to coincide with the Moscow City Day celebrations.

Applications for participation in a professional competition can be submitted on our website until 15th December, 2018. The deadline for accepting of projects is 15th January, 2019. After that, the Expert Council of the Competition will study the projects and select the finalists. The names of the finalists will be announced at the end of February 2019 after the face-to-face meeting of the Expert Council.

A meeting of the “Flower Jam” conference will be timed to the Expert Council meeting, where Russian and foreign professionals will discuss the urgent issues of urban landscape design. The headliner of the conference will be the chairman of the Jury of “Flower Jam” - 2018, the chairman of the Expert Council of “Flower Jam” – 2019, Mr. James Basson - one of the world's leading landscape architects.

Another innovation of "Flower Jam" is working with mentors - members of the Expert Council of the Competition. Due to the innovations and more complicated tasks for the contestants, in 2019 participants will be given a unique opportunity to create their projects in collaboration with leading landscape designers and architects from Russia and abroad. After the Expert Council selects projects for implementation, the mentors will start working with the authors – finalists. Projects will be refined, if necessary, and adapted to the selected locations.

The final and summing of results of the Competition will traditionally be held in late August and early September as part of the "Flower Jam" Festival. Also during the festival, all the special projects are to be implemented and special events to be held, including those dedicated to the City Day, as well as an amateur flower gardening contest on the district grounds.