The Moscow Urban Forum will be held in online and offline formats

May 18
Municipal services

The Moscow Urban Forum (MUF) will be held in the Zaryadye Concert Hall and Park from July 1 to 4, both online and offline. This was announced by the Deputy Moscow Mayor for Urban Planning Policy and Construction Andrey Bochkarev.

"The MUF is an important event not only for the capital and Russia, but also for international experts. The theme of the upcoming 10th anniversary Moscow Urban Forum is Superstar Cities: Lessons of Successful Transformation. Moscow, as a vivid example of an actively developing metropolis, strives to exchange experience and expertise with other cities, to strengthen international cooperation," the Deputy Mayor said.

The forum provides for offline participation of Russian speakers and online connection of foreign specialists from different parts of the world. 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. Experts will discuss the practices of modern sustainable cities, 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," Andrey Bochkarev said.

The MUF business program will be held from July 1 to 2. The first day of the Superstar Cities: Lessons of Transformation forum will be devoted to the discussion of the global challenges facing megapolises. 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.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has put at risk the usual way of urban life. Taking into account the experience of the past year, full of challenges and hardships for megapolises, a number of superstar cities have become new leaders - cities that managed to overcome the crisis with the least losses and focused on people even in the most difficult times," Sergey Levkin, Head of the Moscow Department of Urban Planning Policy, said.

At the forum, it is also planned to present an updated project Building Simply, which allows construction participants and citizens to be aware of up-to-date information about the construction process organization.

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 Greater Paris Metropolitan Area. For the first time, the forum organized the international congress Urban Health, where participants discussed the health of urban residents.


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