“Re: City. Life in a New Era": Moscow Urban Fest is online this year

June 27
Culture

From July 1 to 4, the Moscow Urban Forum will be held in Zaryadye Park. In parallel with the business program, offline access to which will be limited, the Moscow Urban Fest festival will be held. This summer it will be held online. Lectures of famous speakers, discussions and roundtables will be shown live. The broadcasts will be available on the forum's website.

"Due to the current epidemiological situation, we cannot risk the most important thing - the Muscovites health. Therefore, we decided to conduct our festival in online format," Arina Drobina, Director of Moscow Urban Fest, said. “During the week, we have reformatted all offline activities: we agreed with the speakers about broadcasts, slightly changed the program, managed to redo remote training and designed an online platform."

This year's festival will be dedicated to urban transformations, new formats of working conditions and recreation, the ability of the urban milieu to adapt to changes. The educational, cultural and entertainment program is based on the theme "Re: the City. Life in a New Era". Participants will analyze the reasons for the association with a particular city, discuss the flexibility and adaptability of modern megapolises, the environmental situation and ways to sustainable development, as well as learn how to create timeless urban spaces.

All events will be accessible for viewing free of charge by pre-registration.

Фото Е. Самарина. Mos.ru

About design, climate and the future: what lectures to listen to at the festival

The festival will be opened by a lecture of the American economist, writer and laureate of the Global Economy Prize Daron Ajemoglu. Then the participants will have a lecture of Professor Martha Schwartz from the Harvard School of Design. She will speak in front of the audience on July 2. Martha Schwartz is a landscape architect, urbanist and climate activist, a specialist in the field of strategic land-use and landscape planning. For more than 40 years, she has been helping to be ready for the consequences of climate change.

Among the festival’s speakers will be well-known scientists, urbanists, architects, designers and bloggers as well. Thus, the Iranian philosopher and writer, the founder of the theoretical fiction genre Reza Negarestani will tell about the ways of production, accumulation and dissemination of knowledge, and the Chinese multimedia artist Cao Fei, whose works are presented at the Solomon Guggenheim Museum, will give a lecture on the social life of citizens in virtual public spaces. Architectural historian Beatrice Colomina will talk about the evolution of architecture during pandemics (from tuberculosis to COVID-19), and anthropologist Monica Louise Smith will talk about the sustainability of ancient cities.

In addition, everyone will be able to listen to lectures on the possibilities of modern science. Alexander Groves, the founder of the design Studio Swine, will tell how a combination of technologies and natural systems can be used to create the design of the future, and Aubrey de Grey, a British gerontologist, engineer and chairman of the SENS Foundation, will give a lecture on slowing down aging.

Among the Russian speakers of the international festival there will also be many interesting lecturers. Evgeny Varshaver, Candidate of Sociological Sciences and Head of the Migration and Ethnicity research group, Yuri Kassin, Candidate of Cultural Science and founder of the ‘Form’ Festival, Viktor Vakhstein, sociologist, Marina Zvyagintseva, artist, Yulia Bychkova, art manager and popularizer of Land Art, and others will present their performances at the festival.

Movies about people and online classes: what else is accessible to the festival participants

Free movie screenings will be available to cinema lovers. The audience will see the movies: Human Shelter by Boris Benjamin Bertram, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch by Jennifer Baichval, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtinsky, The Real Thing by Benoit Felici and others. You can view them online by pre-registration.

Participants will also have access to a series of distance training sessions. Fans of active pastime will be able to join online classes on meditation, yoga, self-massage of the face and master a set of exercises for a healthy back.

Moscow Urban Forum has been holding since 2011. It provides experts with opportunity to build a dialogue, exchange experience and gain new knowledgein the field of urban planning, architecture and urban studies.

More than 400 foreign and Russian speakers are expected to participate in the Urbanforum in 2021. 221 Russian and 23 foreign speakers will meet in the Zaryadye Concert Hall in a face-to-face format. 171 foreign specialists will join the discussions in the teleconference mode.

Source: mos.ru

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