Why Moscows chief architect resigned

Request for resignation from the position of head of Moskomarchitektura was approved and it is expected that Alexander Kuzmin will quit immediately after return from the scheduled vacation, which will last from July 16 to August 14, 2012.

Rumors that Kuzmin would leave his post as chief architect of the Russian capital have been around for a long time. After the election of the mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin, experts and media have not once predicted Kuzmin’s resignation. It was also said that the former chairman of the board of the company “Avtodor” and current deputy Alexander Kuzmina — Sergey Kostin can take his place. Such predictions were primarily due to the fact that the head of Moskomarchitektura is the last official of the highest rank from the team of former mayor of the capital Yuri Luzhkov.

Alexander Kuzmin worked as the head of Moskomarchitektura for 16 years, starting in 1996. Prior to that, for 5 years Kuzmin worked in the same department, but as deputy head.

During his years in the Moscow Committee of Architecture, Kuzmin had a huge influence on the formation of the architectural image of the Russian capital. His decisions have been criticized more than once by the public and have been the subject of heated controversy. So the approach to the development of the city was often disapproved because of the excessive density of the location of objects and the large number of commercial and office buildings in the heart of Moscow, which were the cause of endless traffic jams on the roads. Alexander Kuzmin also took part in the creation of the General Plan of Development of Moscow until 2025, which was also criticized once.

Kuzmin himself does not hide that in his work and during the construction of the capital there were mistakes. Among such unsuccessful decisions he includes the transformation of Arbatskaya Square, the British Embassy and the Central Bank building on Pyatnitskaya Street.

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