Moscow Urban Forum: Over 300 experts to discuss the future of large cities

Moscow Urban Forum: Over 300 experts to discuss the future of large cities
This year the Moscow Urban Forum will be held at Zaryadye Park’s halls on 17 July through 22 July. The event will begin with a business programme that includes congresses for architects, designers, urbanists, entrepreneurs and heads of international businesses.

On 17 and 18 July, Zaryadye will host sessions of the Moscow Urban Forum business programme with more than 300 speakers such as leading foreign urban construction experts as well as famous architects and heads of international businesses who will discuss the future of large cities in the digital era.

On 17 July, Global Megacity: Results of Postindustrial Transformation will be the main theme: mass residential construction, development of public transport and the cutting-edge trends in improvement. Speakers include well-known Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, Smart Dubai Director General Aisha Bin Bishr, Chief Government Architect of the Netherlands Floris Alkemade, Urban Age Executive Director Philipp Rode, and Cisco’s Global Innovation Officer Guy Diedrich.

The first day’s programme includes panel sessions on “Window to Europe. Has Moscow Manage to Find Common Ground with Foreign Architects?”; “Public vs Personal. Chronicle of the Transportation Revolution”; “Exception as the Rule. How the Approach to Urban Planning Is Changing”; and “School on the Blockchain, Museum on the Big Data. Technology for the City of the Future.”

City of the Future: Responding to Human Requests is the theme of the second day’s business agenda. Experts will discuss development prospects of the largest cities’ social infrastructure. In a resident’s opinion, what should an up to date city look like? How can the quality of life be increased in rapidly growing cities? Italian architect and engineer Carlo Ratti; US economist, author of “Who’s Your City?” Richard Florida; Director of the Architectural Association school in London Eva Franch i Gilabert; German phycologist, author of "Stress and the City" Mazda Adli; French businessman, founder of the BlaBlaCar carpooling service Frederic Mazzella; writer, designer Vladimir Paperny; and other experts will try to answer these questions.

On the second day, the participants will discuss such topics as “A Master Plan for the Future. Agendas for the Growth of Global Leaders”; “The New Hanseatic League. Cities in International Affairs”; “No Stress City. Is it Possible to Provide Psychological Well-Being in Big Cities?”; and “The One Hundred Million City. A Dystopia the New or Managerial Reality?”.

“This year, the forum programme will focus on the results Moscow has achieved in the last eight years and analyse these changes in a global context. In addition, we will try to outline the development agenda for the future of Moscow and other megalopolises,” said Vladimir Azuan, the 2018 Moscow Urban Forum programme director.

According to the forum’s Director General Denis Boikov, over 30 official delegation and six mayors of the world’s largest cities will attend the forum this year.

“The Zaryadye Concert Hall will host a large plenary meeting, where the participants will be able to see the main stars and listen to the key discussions, with seven halls working in parallel and hosting other interesting discussions and presentations. I would advise focusing on the interviews with famous speakers, presentations of strategies and research and Moscow startups’ pitch,” Boikov noted.

The registration form for the Moscow Urban Forum will be available until 11 July.