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The main value of the project is the fragile ecosystem of Sakhalin, where the delicate balance of geological, hydrological and meteorological processes provokes both awe and admiration. The creation of Ecopolis in these conditions is the perfect reason to reinvent urban design.

Sakhalin’s topography and natural features, unique in their beauty and richness, as well as its favorable geopolitical position, make Sakhalin as a whole, and Ecopolis in particular, a very important point on the map of Russia and of the world. It is important that the place’s scale and unique features are preserved, while also taking part in the global agenda and processes.

The new city is a large data and information exchange structure, a platform for discoveries and a testing ground where every citizen is a full-fledged participant.

The level of mobility matches up with the ever-accelerating pace of life.


The urban structure is aimed at the establishment of a new type of relationship between buildings, nature and people, with each element qualitatively reinforcing the others.

The new city blends into the surrounding landscape, and its districts are mixed for better interaction and the constant circulation of urban communities.

Our vision embodies high ambitions for adaptation to climate change and circulation that ensures environmental, social and economic efficiency and sustainability.

Our objective is the creation of synergy between innovative solutions at various scales.


The New Frontier is the project proposal from the Consortium headed by Novaya Zemlya. It is aimed at restoring Sakhalin’s lost status as a frontier by developing advanced technologies and creating good conditions for new residents to stay and develop.

The new frontier of development in the 21st century is not about creating new cities, but about transforming existing ones.  Our objective is to create a modern city that can compete for human capital and investment in the global context.

Being created on the foundation of Korsakov, Ecopolis will serve as a model for other Russian cities to create ideal conditions for human life and the transition to a new technological order in harmony with the environment and history of the place.

The master plan is based on the model of a compact city in which existing infrastructure is used as efficiently as possible in the development of the new. The two city centers are connected by a single network of green corridors which form an ecological and bicycle-pedestrian framework for the territory. Sustainable solutions are being developed for the “ecological renovation” of the fabric of the city.

Korsakov and Ecopolis will gain access to Aniva Bay with the organization of a new embankment, and the port area in the old town will be opened. The project pays special attention to the preservation, restoration and stimulation of the development of coastal ecosystems, including the cleaning of the Korsakovka and Bezymyannaya rivers.



The fundamental task of Ecopolis is to loop the flow of resources and to preserve a part of them within the island. One of the main drivers in the development of the territory will be modernization of the port. The port is located in the town of Korsakov, which borders the territory of the future city. The expansion of the Korsakov port will turn it into a global maritime transit hub, providing new economic and commercial opportunities for Sakhalin Region and the entire country.

Ecopolis and the future port should grow and modernize together as a single agglomeration, which will ensure the sustainable development of the region and minimize the risks of social conflict between the residents of Ecopolis and Korsakov. Our competition proposal aims at the spatial integration of Ecopolis with Korsakov’s existing environment and urban fabric.


Ecopolis should be an example of a careful attitude towards nature and the competent use of its resources. Smart city and green technologies are the main principles of the development of the new city.


Making a city dynamic requires heterogeneous urban spaces, a multicultural society, and diversity of social functions. We suggest the creation of three urban clusters, one for research and production, one for culture and education, and one for culture and business, each representing a unique urban typology, architecture and function.

As a result, Ecopolis will be a green, safe city that respects local natural features.


Ecopolis Chisty

A city of the future, a city of new technologies and opportunities, a city of green roofs, wind and sun — Ecopolis is all of this. Sakhalin Island has been chosen for the creation of a comfortable and convenient, environmentally friendly and green city that meets the needs of all people and times, since it is one of the most picturesque places in our country and on the planet. On the shores of Aniva Bay, on high green hills, will lie the city of Chisty. It will have everything for work and leisure, for locals and tourists, for children and adults: a city for life.

The main planning axis of Chisty is the existing valley, with its deep lakes and lush forests, with hills on one side and a plateau on the other. This is the foundation for the new city. All the most significant objects will be located on the highest point of Ecopolis in Kholmy District. This will be the home of the administrative and financial center SakhalinCity, the scientific and educational cluster SakhalinTech, and the main square, the heart of the city.

Residential development with the necessary infrastructure will be concentrated in Plateau District, where each block will have its own unique specialization. The valley will remain untouched by construction. It will connect all parts of the city as a huge park in the very center of Chisty. In aiming at carbon neutrality, we are talking about minimum emissions, about rational use, about recycling, about carbon sinks, about green energy, about safe construction and materials, and about human culture. Here, you will never see skyscrapers and crowds of people in the streets, endless traffic jams or unbearable smog.

Chisty is the sea breeze and the rustle of trees, it is 15 minutes from work to home, it is safety for our children and respect for the elderly, it is education through discovery of the world around us, and it is respect for nature and ourselves. It is a place where anyone would want to live.


Novgorod-on-Tikhiy is a new, innovative city, an ecopolis that may arise on the coast of Aniva Bay on Sakhalin, near the town of Korsakov.

The city’s mission is to be an outpost of Russian culture, an innovative laboratory for hydrogen energy, and an educational and transport hub.

The planning structure is based on the principle of a flexible, adaptive structure that changes to suit any conditions.

The city will be formed by six main frameworks: green, transport, cultural and educational, representative and ambassadorial, innovative and technological, and digital.

The core of the green framework is the large recreational space around the two existing bodies of water. The transport framework of the city, in addition to the road network, embraces rail, air and water transport. The educational and cultural framework creates conditions for the acquisition and processing of new knowledge. The city should become an intellectual hub for a number of topical areas of science and innovation.

An important mission of the new city will be the export of Russian culture to East Asia, which will be facilitated by the representative framework of the city, which includes an embassy quarter, a Russian courtyard, a Russian house, and a village.

Novgorod-on-Tikhiy will be a pilot site for the implementation of projects in the areas of MariNet, EnergyNet, FoodNet, AutoNet, AeroNet and others. The technological framework of the city is being created for this. Novgorod-on-Tikhiy is an experimental site and an urban development laboratory that will bring benefits to every region of the Russian Federation. The smart city and the “digital twin” systems will become the basis for decision-making in the development of the city. This is how the representation of Russian culture in East Asia should be.


Governor of the Sakhalin Region - сhairman of the expert council
It is important to us to create a new logistics-adjacent industry and develop the transport and logistics business. Coupled with a comfortable environment, that would make it so no one would want to leave the island – on the contrary, people from all over Russia would move there. That is what motivated the idea to build a new, environmentally clean city with modern energy-saving technologies and unmanned transport near Korsakov.


Creation of the climatic and ecological center of the Russian Federation
Сreation of a compact city, organically built into the natural ecosystem.
The formation of environmentally friendly human-scale urban development (mainly low-rise).
Adaptation to climatic challenges by planning means.
Maintaining a reasonable (environmentally sound) balance of built-up, sealed, open and green spaces.
Implementation of the principles of "LEED for neighborhood development".
An innovative multi-cultural center with comfortable urban environment
Modern digital technologies for citizens (urbantech).
Smart city economy (smart city), priority pedestrian traffic, integration into natural landscape, priority of environmentally friendly transport.
Use of renewable energy sources, energy-saving technologies, wasteless production and consumption.
Special economic zone with international law

Legal direction

International law (doing business with application of international law and legal innovations).
Simplified visa regime, programs stimulating international migration.
Special registration and implementation mode activities of residents (e-residence, registration of legal entities under foreign law jurisdiction).

Economic direction

Activities (logistics, development high-tech infrastructure for the development Arctic, bioresources, shelf, digital technologies, renewable energy, unmanned aircraft, ecotourism).
Simplified procedure for conducting and monitoring foreign trade operations.
Situational control center of the NSR +.
Scientific and Educational Center of Economics ocean "SakhalinTECH" on the basis the existing Sakhalin state university.
Innovation and technological cluster SakhalinTECH.
Educational and laboratory buildings.
Congress and exhibition center.
Modern housing stock for students and employees.
Offices and production sites high-tech companies in the urbantech field, biotech, IT, R&D.
International research laboratories in the field of ocean economics.
Multimodal international logistics center
The port city of Ecopolis will become a promising point reversal of the Northern Sea Route, due to the fact that, unlike other stopping points of the NSR, in the port Ecopolis principles will operate international law.
Introduction of smart contracts as tools multimodal logistics. Blockchain technology, as an element of quality certification.
Development of automated delivery: logistics “Last mile” in trade small-sized cargo.


942,4 hectares
of competition area
35 km
35 km from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
1 mln square meters
housing stock
SakhalinTECH students
25 000
people by 2030
15 000
new jobs opportunities


Choosing the best architectural and urban planning concept (master plan) of a new city in Sakhalin region, determining the optimal parameters and solutions for development of the new city in accordance with modern approaches to architecture, urban planning and urban technology.
■ Open;
■ International;
■ Two-stage.
Professional organizations in the field of integrated development of territories, master planning, urban planning, architecture, design, development concepts for the development of public spaces, operating on the territory of Russia and able to attract specialists in the field of economics, finance, content programming.
Based on the results of the first stage, 5 finalists will be selected based on the relevant portfolio and essay, who will be engaged in development of concepts for a new city.
Based on the results of the final Expert Council meeting, 3 best concepts identified. The winner will be author of the best bid selected Expert council of the competition.

5 finalists who will design the competition offers, remuneration is paid in the amount of  RUB 1,000,000 everyone (including all taxes and fees).

Following the meeting of the Expert Council, in accordance with distribution of prize places, additional payment will be made in the corresponding amount (including all taxes and fees):

■ 1st place - 6,000,000 rubles;
■ 2nd place - 4,000,000 rubles;
■ 3rd place - 2,000,000 rubles.
■ 4th-5th place - no additional reward  provided.

17,000,000  rub.
Total prize pool (including all taxes and fees).
  • 12.05. - 7.06.2021Acceptance of applications from participants
  • 18.05.2021The competition begins. Press-conference
  • 7.06.2021Application submission closes
  • 23.06.2021The Expert Council meeting. Selection of 5 finalists
  • 24.06.2021 - 16.09.2021Concept development by 5 finalists
  • 2 - 4.08.2021Orientation seminar for the finalist
  • 16.12.2021The Expert Council meeting. Identifying the 3 best concepts. Selection of the winner
* The schedule can be changed
Alexey Rakitsky

Minister of Architecture and Urban Development of the Sakhalin Region, Chairman of the Expert Council

Andrey Medvedev

General Director, Sakhalin Region Development Corporation

Mikhail Filyushkin

Deputy Head, Head of the Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Urban Environment Competence, Regional Urban Development Center of the Sakhalin Region

Anton Finogenov

Deputy General Director of DOM.RF Foundation

Michael Geller

Architect (AIBC, FCIP RPP), Sustainability Specialist, President of The Geller Group

Guy Eames

Chairman of the Green Building Council RuGBC

Anja Sophia Ehrenfried

General Director, Citythinking by Eddea

Magali Volkwein

Director of Urban Planning, Devillers et Associes

Chen Hong

Director of Planning, Managing Director of Hangzhou Planning and Design Centre, RSP Architects Planners & Engineers

* Organizer may introduce changes to the expert council
Tatiana Zhuravleva

Director of Life Quality Practices, Agency for Strategic Initiatives

Gleb Vitkov

Director of the Center for Planning and Design of Infrastructure and Urban Environment, Faculty of Urban and Regional Development, National Research University Higher School of Economics

Mikhail Slav

Architect, Administration of Korsakov Urban District

* Organizer may introduce changes to the expert council


The Woven City, Japan

The Woven City, Japan
The Woven City concept is a completely autonomous settlement that will be initially created based on the ideas of minimum harm to the environment and maximum use of modern technologies. Using this development as an example, Toyota (the main stakeholder of the project) wants to test new solutions for urban infrastructure that could be in demand outside of Japan.

The company wants to build a city on a 70.82 hectare site near Mount Fuji. It will accommodate up to two thousand people who can live and work on Toyota projects. Construction will begin in 2021, and the Danish architectural bureau Bjarke Ingels Group will work on Woven City. Woven City will allow the people living there to explore and test autonomous vehicles, robotics, smart home technologies and AI in real-world settings.

The main building material in Woven City will be wood, blanks for construction will be produced industrially on robotic machines, but the bars are planned to be connected according to the traditional Japanese tenon method (without fasteners).

The Nye City, Denmark

The Nye City, Denmark
The eco-city is being designed in the suburb of Aarhus and covers an area of ​​2.2 km2. In an ecologically clean city, the population will be able to move along the roads only on foot and by bicycle, and a tram will be used as urban transport.

The Nye City project uses advanced waste and energy technologies. The city is based on green areas, among which there are various houses made from ecological materials with their own land plots and public spaces.

During the construction of the city of Nye, the Danes are using the most modern environmentally friendly technologies that do not harm wildlife. This approach is close to the philosophy of Denmark, where ecology has become a symbol of the national idea. The Tækker Group and nine other leading architecture firms in Denmark worked on the project.

Dongtan Eco-city, China

Dongtan Eco-city, China
The city is planned on Chongming Island, located at the mouth of the Yangtze River, where it flows into the East China Sea. Dongtan will run at the southeastern tip of the island, covering an area of ​​86 km² (8600 ha). When construction is completed in 30-40 years, an estimated 500,000 people will live in the three villages of Dongtan.

When Eco-City is built, it could provide resilience to a region suffering from high population density and severe environmental pollution. The goal is to make it as carbon neutral as possible, without waste, to protect the existing natural conditions.

Neapolis Smart EcoCity, Cyprus

Neapolis Smart EcoCity, Cyprus
The ecological project of the Mediterranean is being implemented on an area of ​​1.1 km2, the new city is designed for 130 thousand inhabitants, and can also receive up to 800 thousand tourists annually. Ecopolis is located near Paphos, 900 m from the beach and the tourist promenade with a magnificent sea view. The concept of a smart ecopolis is to develop an innovative settlement for health, culture, education and life.

The city is being built on the basis of a centralized infrastructure using ecological building technologies, intelligent engineering networks, a water conservation and waste recycling system, advanced digital technologies, a life activity system based on renewable energy sources (geothermal and solar), a local search system available in every room ... Residential buildings are located near parks, recreation and entertainment areas.

The project is being implemented in stages: the city already has a hospital with a health center and a campus of the University of Neapolis. The creation of the city is based on the principles of environmental sustainability, which should make the ecopolis the prototype of future smart cities on an international scale.

Tenga, Singapore

Tenga, Singapore
The Singapore authorities are planning to build an ecological "city of the future" Tenga. The development of the city will provide new places of residence and employment in the Western Region of Singapore. The area of ​​the city will be 7.0 km2, it is planned to build 4,200 apartments with a total population of 12.6 thousand people.

Key features of Tenga are environmental sustainability, green frame development and the use of smart technologies. The creation of neighborhoods oriented towards the forest landscape will allow residents to fully communicate with nature and enjoy its inalienable benefits.

Most residents will live within walking distance of the metro station. Given the geographical location of Singapore, addressing climate issues is a priority. With an average temperature of around 27 degrees year-round, the amount of energy needed to cool buildings in Singapore will grow 73% between 2010 and 2030, according to research. In order to reduce the growth of this indicator, giant air conditioners that will be powered by solar energy will be installed in the new eco-city. The implementation of the project will help to halve hydrocarbon emissions into the atmosphere - by 2050.