The forum will feature a business programme, a city festival, a developers’ expo and experimental labs.

The 7th Moscow Urban Forum will take place at VDNKh between 6-12 July. The forum’s key theme will be “The Era of Agglomerations: A New World Map.” The event will bring together Russian and foreign experts, urbanists, sociologists, economists and government officials.

This year’s forum might become the largest ever: it will comprise a business programme, a city festival, a developers’ expo and experimental labs.

On 6 and 7 July, experts will discuss efficient models for city administration and evaluate the best ways to manage the Moscow agglomeration. They will also speak about the current development of Tokyo, Seoul, New York City, London, Beijing, Shanghai and Buenos-Aires.

Attending might be Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbas, Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar, Singapore Chief Urban Planner Lim Eng Hwee, Director of the City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning Ken Bernstein, Kazan Mayor Ilsur Metshin, and other officials. In all, the forum will bring together about 400 experts; 150 of them will come from abroad.

Experimental labs will be a new format in this year. They will take place between 3-7 July. Experts in urban development, engineers and entrepreneurs will present their projects related to the development of Moscow.  Among the topics will be Mobility and Transportation; Housing and Construction; Quality of Life.

Everyone is invited to a city festival that will take place between 6-9 July. The programme features lectures, city quests, concerts, open door days and running and bicycle tours.

Pavilion No. 75 at VDNKh will be the forum’s new venue where an expo will open in an area of 14,000 square metres. The exhibition will feature Moscow development projects, major city developers’ projects from Russia and partner countries. The expo will be open during all seven days of the forum.

The Moscow Urban Forum is an annual international conference on urban development, architecture, economy and strategic planning in cities. The first such forum was held in 2011. In 2016, it brought together 17,000 people, among them participants from 42 countries.