Moscow Urban Forum 2015 Sums up the Results of Its Business Day Moscow Urban Forum 2015 Sums up the Results of Its Business Day

Today, the Manege Central Exhibition Hall in Moscow hosted the business programme of Moscow Urban Forum, which this year is focused on Moscow's agenda.

 

The 2015 Forum is held under the main theme "Moscow as a Dynamic Megacity: Flexible Management Practices." The Forum serves as the venue for leading Russian and international experts in urban planning and urban development.

 

This year, the event has brought together more than 3300 participants. The Forum is attended by 18 international experts from such countries as UK, Spain, USA, Italy, Belgium, Canada, and Germany. The online broadcast of the Forum's sessions was watched by 3567 people.

 

At the MUF 2015, the international experts not only presented their best business cases but also actively participated in the discussion of Moscow's urban agenda, shared their recommendations on implemented or planned projects of the Russian capital, thus offering an external assessment for internal projects of this megacity.

 

The Forum has also become a venue for presenting new projects and initiatives of the Government of Moscow aimed at comprehensive development of the megacity, enabling the qualitative change in the Russian capital and promoting the best practices in Russia and the world. This year, the business programme of the Moscow Urban Forum 2015 acquired a format that is more geared toward discussion and practical issues, and it is focused on discussing practical solutions and specific urban projects.

 

Thus, the Forum hosted a large-scale exhibition of the Moscow Government representing an interactive exhibition area that describes both the implemented projects in the area of creating a comfortable living environment in the city and about the projects planned for implementation in the coming years.

 

The central part of this exhibition is the architectural model of the Moskva River, which will showcase the works and plans for developing the embankments of the main waterway of the Russian capital. This installation is dedicated to the main projects implemented near the Moscow River, such as Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye, the Western River Port, ZIL, Zaryadye, Nagatinskaya Poyma, Tushino, and others.

 

This exhibition will continue its work and be open to the public during the Festival Day on 17 October.

 

The expert discussions held at the Forum allowed the participants to discuss such topics as changing patterns of transport behaviour by the citizens, drivers of the city's polycentric development model, developing the industrial and investment potential of the Russian capital, and housing policy priorities in Moscow. In addition, the participants have addressed such topics as creating cultural and event infrastructure in Moscow, developing New Moscow, creating the image of Moscow in the cyber space as an extension of the city, improving the street infrastructure and searching for effective solutions for the city's health care system.

 

2 plenary sessions, 11 expert sessions, a series of presentations for case studies and best projects in Moscow allowed not only describing the challenges faced by the megacity amid economic crisis but also elaborating (in the course of active discussions) a number of practical solutions for the city and identifying the opportunities for the most optimal and effective approaches and ways for further successful development of Moscow.

 

The key results of the business day at the Moscow Urban Forum 2015 were summed up by Marat Khusnullin, Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Urban Development and Construction, in the closing plenary session "Moscow: Guidelines for Development and Risk Management."

 

According to Marat Khusnullin, the city should improve the quality of rented housing, find solution for the problems with the wear of residential buildings and intensify the redevelopment of industrial zones. There is also a need to regulate at the legislative level the collaboration of such regional neighbours as Moscow and Moscow Region, said the Deputy Mayor. Marat Khusnullin believes that the investments in New Moscow are of long-term nature. Speaking about the development of polycentric model, the Deputy Mayor said that Moscow had already built new centres within the Moscow Ring Highway, in particular, the Leningradskoye Highway at the entrance to Moscow City. Marat Khusnulling thinks that the major risk for Moscow is in the absence of productivity growth amid continuously growing incomes. The city should not accept all investments but give preference to high-tech industries. Moscow will do everything to ensure that the best people from Russia and the world come to the Russian capital, said the Deputy Mayor.

 

During the final plenary session of MUF 2015 moderated by Andrey Sharonov, Rector of the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, the participants also discussed the spatial, economic, infrastructural, social, and cultural guidelines for the development of Moscow based on the discussions held at the Forum. The speakers outlined the major global trends that could become a priority for Moscow.

 

The first among them is the spatial development of the city towards decentralization. Such large projects as Moscow Ring Railway and reconstruction of the embankments of the Moscow River could provide the framework for the future polycentric city. These projects require a comprehensive understanding and interrelated linkage.

 

A second aspect of the development could be the analysis of data generated daily by the city every day and use of this data for important management decisions. When developing the functional programmes for the territories and development scenarios, not only can the projects in the area of information services help to make the city a more comfortable place for everyday living but also contribute to the overall self-organization of citizens and improving the effectiveness of feedback between the government authorities and the residents.

 

The third important point is the development of the city in the paradigm of the knowledge economy. The strategies for preparing social and cultural programmes and the development of educational infrastructure should be focused on improving the quality of human capital and creating a comfortable environment for living, working, and creativity.

 

The Moscow Government accumulates all proposals made at the Moscow Urban Forum and uses them in its work, said Marat Khusnullin at the conclusion of the plenary session.


After this business day, the Moscow Urban Forum 2015 will hold its Festival Day, a special venue of the Forum which will open its doors to all citizens and those who care about the urban development on 17 October in the Manege Central Exhibition Hall. The admission to the event is free.

 

Note that the Forum's official hashtag #muf2015 rose to the Top of Twitter Russia, it leads the discussed topics about Moscow and features among the Top hashtags of St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Samara, Novosibirsk, and other million-inhabitant cities. The news about Moscow Urban Forum is among the Top today's events on Yandex.News Russia and Rambler. The publications about the Forum feature in the Top 10 most popular posts in LiveJournal.ru.

 

The total coverage of the Moscow Urban Forum by popular bloggers, urbanists, news makers, speakers, and participants reached more than 4 million users. 40,000 subscribers followed the news about the Forum online on Facebook and VKontakte.