Yekaterinburg participated in the competition for hosting the EXPO-2025 international exposition, but in November 2018, it lost to Osaka (Japan). After that, the authorities withdrew the reservation from the area in Verkh-Isetstkyi district, within the Tatishcheva Street – Yuriya Islamova Street – Metallurgov Street zone, as well as from the Verkh-Isetskyi pond waterfront, where EXPO park had been planned. However, it has been decided not to abandon the plans of developing this part of the city, and LSR, which owns 20 out of 600 hectares of the area, has agreed to develop a design for planning and demarcation of the area, for free.
The developer, in turn, has invited Timur Abdullaev to this project – his ARCHINFORM bureau prepared an architectural concept for the development of EXPO park last year and won the second prize in the international competition (the first prize was given to the French bureau Bechu & Associés). Now, ARCHINFORM's concept is to be used as the basis for the development of the area planning.