Rostov-on-Don

The conference will be held at VertolExpo, Rostov-on-Don, on March 30, 2016.

 

 

 

The series of regional conferences "The Cities and Territories of Tomorrow: Tools for Positive Change" starts this year in the Southern capital of Russia – Rostov-on-Don.

 

Rostov-on-Don has over a million inhabitants and is a top 10 city by population in Russia. It is an important administrative, cultural, industrial, research and educational center, as well as the largest transport hub in the South of the country. The Rostov agglomeration ranks fourth in the country with a population exceeding 2 million people.

 

After its inclusion in the list of cities hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Rostov-on-Don received a strong impulse for development. The mega-event became a driver of regional development: large amounts of money are being invested in the transport system, roads, infrastructure, repair of building fronts. The construction of a modern stadium should be finished already this year; the construction of a new airport should be completed next year.

 

When choosing the place for a new stadium in Rostov-on-Don an unconventional decision was made – to locate the facility not in an urban area, but on the left bank of the Don River, on undeveloped land. This location may become the focus of growth for the Larger Rostov. However, such a decision does not mean that development will not touch the existing city. As a part of preparation for the World Cup it will be modernized extensively.

 

When talking about modernization of Rostov-on-Don a few important topics can be highlighted. The first one is regeneration of the historic center. The city will have to find efficient models of development for the old city and conflict-free space intensification. These models must enable preservation of all that is valuable in the urban environment and at the same time allow new development. The second one is the search for and utilization of the hidden resources of the city.

 

The third topic is the development of public spaces. Issues of urban environment quality are becoming more and more relevant for Russia. The emphasis is made more and more often on the development of public spaces, since these spaces specifically influence whether people feel comfortable in their own city. Interesting projects for public spaces have been implemented in the last years – for instance, the embankment has been renovated. There are interesting projects which still at theplanning stage; one of them is Islands of the Future. Preparation for the World Cup may be used inRostov-on-Don in order to 'restart' urban public spaces, to bring them up to date and make them comfortable.

 

The question of balanced development of the whole region is equally important. Active work on creating a regional socio-economic development strategy till 2030 is currently underway. The project is being implemented with a new logic – with active involvement of representatives of academia, business and society. The strategy of the Rostov Oblast should become a tool of harmonized, efficient development of the whole region.

 

How can the FIFA World Cup be used in the most beneficial way for the city? Can the concept of a compact city be applied in Russia and what hinders further development of already built-up areas?

 

What can the concept of historic center development be for Rostov-on-Don? How to cultivate urban development projects with a deficit of public funds? Participants of the Urban Conference will try to answer these and other questions.

 

 

 

THE 3RD SERIES OF URBAN CONFERENCES

Cities and Territories of Tomorrow: Tools for Positive Changes

Rostov-on-Don, 30 of March, 2016

11:00 – 12:00

REGISTRATION OF PARTICIPANTS

12:00 – 13:30

PLENARY SESSION

MEGA-EVENT IN THE CAPITAL OF THE SOUTH.

NEW POINTS OF GROWTH FOR GREATER ROSTOV AREA

TOPICS FOR DISCUSSIONS

Major international events have become one of the main instruments for developing territories in Russia. The largest current mega-project is the preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which will be held in 2018. Rostov-on-Don, including eleven other cities, will host the 2018 FIFA World Cup matches. Several dozen large-scale infrastructure projects and sports and hotel facilities will give a powerful impetus to the development of the region. When choosing the place for a new stadium in Rostov-on-Don, an unconventional decision was made – to locate the facility not in an urban area, but on the left bank of the Don River, on undeveloped land. This solution involves certain risks, but at the same time it opens up opportunity for new growth in greater Rostov.

Another point of growth of greater Rostov can be created around another facility that is being built for the World Cup -- the Yuzhny Airport --- which should be completed by the end of 2017.

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSIONS

What are the plans for developing these points of growth?

How can such projects be developed in the present conditions?

What are the merits and risks of these projects?

What is international experience regarding similar projects?

How can we make sure that the World Cup "heritage" will contribute to the further development of the region?

MODERATOR

Andrei Sharonov, Rector of Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO

SPEAKERS

Vasily Golubev, Governor of Rostov region

Nikolai Bezuglov, Minister of Construction, Architecture and Spatial Development of Rostov region

Mikhail Oseyevskiy, Deputy CEO and Chairman of the Management Board at VTB Bank

Michael Geller, Urbanist, President of The Geller Group, Canada

Alexander Antonov, Chief Architect of the Center for Spatial Information under Urban Planning Scientific Research and Design Institute, a board member of the Association of Planners NP

PARTICIPANTS OF DISCUSSION

Sergei Sivayev, Senior Director of the Federal Center for Project Funding (VEB Group)

Vitaly Stadnikov, Deputy Dean of the Graduate School of Urban Studies of the Higher School of Economics

13:30 – 14:00

BREAK, COFFEE BREAK

14:00 – 15:30

PANEL DISCUSSION 1

SPACIAL DEVELOPMENT OF ROSTOV REGION: NEW APPROACHES

TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION

In Rostov region, a social-economic development strategy up to 2030 is being developed. The project is based on a new concept of sustainable development within the framework of six policies, three of which are directly related to the development of Rostov region, namely "Territorial Policy of Economic Development", "Territorial Policy of the Social Sphere Development" and "Spatial Development Policy". The implementation of these three policies should be based on the territorial specifics of the region, which are characterized by significant differentiation of the key factors of development, such as the presence of large cities, transport corridors, border location, climatic conditions, natural resource potential and others. Currently, there are different approaches to structuring the socio-economic area of Rostov region so that various administrative tasks necessary for its development can be addressed. At the same time, in order to implement Strategy-2030 it is necessary for all participants to agree on a coordinated approach to strategic planning with respect to the support and planning framework of Rostov region that will ensure unique approaches to planning and managing different areas are developed in order to create a common socio-economic space in Rostov region.

MODERATOR

Alexei Muratov, Partner at KB Strelka

SPEAKERS

Alexei Polyanskiy, Deputy Minister of Construction, Architecture and Territorial Development of Rostov region, Chief Architect of Rostov region

Alexander Boyarinov, Deputy Director, Scientific Director of the Regional Urban Planning Research and Design Institute, professor of the Urban Planning Department at the Academy of Architecture and Arts of the Southern Federal University

Rustam Abdullayev, Head of the Regional Information and Analytical Center

PARTICIPANTS OF DISCUSSION

Andrei Sharonov, Rector of Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO

Michael Geller, Urbanist, President of The Geller Group, Canada

Marina Rakova, Head of Architecture and Urban Planning of Voronezh region

Inna Shevchenko, Vice Principal at the Southern Federal University (SFU)

14:00 – 15:30

ROUND TABLE

CONDITIONS FOR SUCCESSFUL MODERNIZA-TION OF PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE: CON-STRAINTS, NEW MODELS AND SUCCESSFUL CASES

SPECIAL SESSION OF VTB GROUP

TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION

For Rostov-on-Don and the region as a whole, public infrastructure issues are one of the key points of the development agenda. In a situation of scarce financial resources, improving the efficiency and transparency of major state-funded infrastructure projects is front and center.

One of the new control mechanisms is bank support of infrastructure projects, introducing a centralized, transparent and controlled payment system. This would greatly reduce the risks of fraud and misuse of funds. Another tool for monitoring major infrastructure projects is technological and price audits. In some projects, bank support and technology audits are used together. These oversight tools are used quite successfully in state procurement projects or by state-owned companies, but are almost never applied at the regional and municipal levels.

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION

What tools are the most effective for overseeing infrastructure pro-jects?

What prevents the use of bank support and technology/price audits at the regional and municipal level projects?

MODERATOR

Mikhail Oseyevskiy, Deputy CEO and Chairman of the Management Board at VTB Bank

SPEAKERS

Vladimir Vagin, Minister of Housing and Utilities Services of Rostov region

Sergei Sivayev, Managing Director of the Federal Center for Project Funding PJSC (VEB Group)

Olga Pervushina, Head of Directorate of VTB Bank Transactional Business Products

PARTICIPANTS OF DISCUSSION

Konstantin Kushnaryov, Deputy General Director of Regional Development Corporation OJSC (Rostov region)

Sergei Shneider, VP of the CCI of Rostov region

Sergei Razdorskiy, Deputy Head of Rostov-on-Don Municipal Government for Economic Issues

Vadim Kstenin, First Deputy Head of the City District Government of the city of Voronezh on Urban Affairs

15:30 – 16:00

BREAK, COFFEE BREAK

16:00 – 17:30

ROSTOV TOMORROW: DIRECTIONS AND BRANCHES OF DEVELOPMENT

TOPICS FOR DISCUSSIONS

In the next few years, in preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Rostov-on-Don will be greatly modernized. Large amounts of money are being invested in the transportation system, roads, infrastructure, and the repair of building facades. Thus, developing the historical center while preserving the historical heritage is a very relevant topic for discussion. This leads to more general questions: What development model should the capital of the Russian South select: a model in which new territories are extensively developed, or a model in which built-up areas are developed more intensely and regenerated?

A study conducted by the Moscow School of Management SKOL-KOVO on the topic of hidden development resources of Rostov-on-Don will be presented during the round table.

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSIONS

General plan of the city in the new economic environment. What are the main development tools in the current situation with the budget deficit?

Can the concept of a compact city work in Russia? What hinders the development of areas that are already built up?

How should the historic center of Rostov-on-Don be developed?

What modern tools could improve the quality of public spaces?

MODERATOR

Alexander Antonov, Chief Architect of the Center for Spatial Information under Urban Planning Scientific Research and Design Institute, a board member of the Association of Planners NP

SPEAKERS

Yuri Dvornikov, Chief Architect of the city of Rostov-on-Don

Yelena Korotkova, Senior Analyst at the Centre for Urban Studies, Skolkovo Business School

Vitaly Stadnikov, Deputy Dean of the Graduate School of Urban Studies of the Higher School of Economics

PARTICIPANTS OF DISCUSSION

Michael Geller, Urbanist, President of The Geller Group, Canada

Diana Karnaukhova, architect, curator of the Island of the Future