Successful transformation of cities — one of the main topics of the Moscow Urban Forum

June 14
City administration

One of the main topics of the X Moscow Urban Forum will be the transformation of the city caused by various factors, including the pandemic. Its participants will discuss how megapolises can and should be transformed in order to overcome the crisis with the least losses and at the same time not to lose focus on the person as the main value.

Moscow Urban Forum (MUF) will be held at Zaryadye Concert Hall and Park from July 1 to 4. The program provides online connection of foreign specialists from different parts of the world. 

Domestic and foreign experts will discuss the experience of megapolises that have held the world leadership for years, as well as cities that are gaining popularity due to their unique features.

The MUF business program will be held from July 1 to 2. The Forum first day Superstar Cities. Lessons of Transformation will be devoted to the discussion of the global challenges that megapolises are facing. In addition, it is planned to study the concept of star-rating, coverage of successful projects and cases of urban transformations in different cities of the world over the past 10 years.

On the second day of the Forum, the theme of which is New Perspectives. Looking to the Future, experts will present advanced urban projects of the future, discuss new challenges, the development of international cooperation and dialogue of megapolises to find answers to questions about the future of cities.

In addition, the Moscow Urban Forum will also host the Second International Congress of Urban Health. Foreign and Russian experts will discuss topical issues of urban health care.

The Moscow Urban Forum has been held since 2011. It provides an opportunity for experts in the field of urban planning, architecture and urban studies to build a constructive dialogue, exchange experience and gain new knowledge.

The previous Moscow Urban Forum was held in 2019. That time, for two days, the business program was attended by more than 8 500 people from 69 countries. The event was attended by 30 delegations from 39 countries and 111 foreign speakers, including the mayors of Kuala Lumpur, Ankara and the Metropolis of Greater Paris. For the first time, the Forum organized the international congress of Urban Health, where participants discussed the health of urban residents.

List of speakers at Moscow Urban Forum 

In 2021, more than 350 foreign and Russian speakers are expected to participate. Up to seven thousand participants in Zaryadye and up to 20 thousand online viewers are expected. More than 80 foreign speakers from 27 countries, including prominent representatives of the expert community, architects, urbanists, and scientists, confirmed their participation.

As part of the business program, one of the most innovative entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia, futurist Ayesha Khanna, will speak. Dutch architect Ben van Berkel, Head of the UNStudio bureau, and American economist Daron Acemoglu will also take the floor.

The architectural block of the business program will be attended by Martha Thorn, the dean of the IE School of Architecture and Design, Jan Gehl, Danish architect, founder of Gehl Architects, and Patrick Schumacher, German architect, Director of Zaha Hadid Architects.

One of the sections of the Forum will be devoted to transport. Skye Duncan, Director of NACTO, an association that brings together transportation departments in North American cities, will speak. Jennie Martin, General Secretary of the ITS United Kingdom association that promotes intelligent transport systems, will also share her experience. Another speaker in this section is Matts-Åke Belin, Director of Vision Zero Academy, a security specialist at the Swedish Transport Administration.

Other issues will also be discussed at the Moscow Urban Forum. For example, Dr. Cheong Koon Hean, chairman of the Centre for Liveable Cities of Singapore, and Carolyn Steel, British architect, author of the book Hungry City about street food, as well as Enrique Penyalosa, urbanist, ex-mayor of Bogota, and Peter van Wingerden, Dutch entrepreneur, founder of Floating Farm, confirmed their participation.

Full program of the Moscow Urban Forum 


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