Open International Competition for recreational infrastructure elements design in

Friendship Park, Gyumri

About the project

The renovation of Friendship Park is part of comprehensive development and restoration of Gyumri within IDeA’s Armenia 2020 Initiative.

The renovated park will not only become a new public venue for the Gyumri people and guests of the city but also a symbol of gratitude to the countries that have supported the city’s rehabilitation after the devastating earthquake in 1988.

Over the 5 years of implementation of the Gyumri Development Programme, IDeA Foundation jointly with state and private partners managed to contribute to the restoration of the historical centre of Gyumri and help locals who suffered from the earthquake. In 2019,
20 families living in the temporary emergency houses on the territory of the park received new homes.

Holding of the open international competition within the project for integrated development of the park will allow engaging young and experienced professionals from different corners of the world to develop infrastructure design elements meeting international quality standards.

The new park will symbolise the revival of the city – an initiative revealing the creative potential of various interwoven cultures.

Gyumri is the north capital of Armenia with a dramatic centuries-old history. This city is considered an arts and crafts hub, famous for the unique sense of humour of its residents as well as for being an architectural reserve.
Rich history, unique ancient traditions, mountainous terrains, and hospitality attract an increased number of tourists to Armenia.
The park is located in the northern part of the city, between the historical centre and residential and industrial areas. The central street links all the main sights and public spaces of Gyumri. The renovated park will become the first modern green area in the city centre on this itinerary, popular among locals and tourists.

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IDeA Foundation
Initiatives for Development of Armenia (IDeA) Foundation is a private, non-profit foundation that engages both local community and international stakeholders in the creation of sustainable programs that have long-term positive socio-economic impact for Armenia and that strengthen its relevance as a global nation. The aim of the initiative is to restore the identity, the prosperity and Armenia’s standing in the world.
IDeA acts as a transparent and efficient implementation platform for donors, partners and investors. The blended financing and impact investing model includes 768 donors and 40 countries, who are involved in the development of Armenia. With clear strategic priorities and a global perspective for Armenia’s progress, IDeA has created 9 development models as a platform for its programs and projects. The models are tourism, urban development, cultural heritage preservation, identity engagement, agri-agro, education, healthcare, technology and financial infrastructure.

Gyumri Development Program
Gyumri is one of the 5 strategic directions identified by the Armenia 2020 Initiative and has particular strategic importance for the North of Armenia.
Gyumri, due to its strategic geographic location, access to the international airport, railroad and main highways, rich cultural heritage and touristic attractions, booming IT and high-tech industry contributes to the development of the city and the tourism in Armenia.

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