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Moscow Urban Forum opened in Moscow

17 July 2018

Moscow Urban Forum 2018 opened in the Philharmonic of the Zaryadye Park in Moscow. Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin gave an opening speech. He said that over the past seven years the city had been able to open up to its inhabitants and to become more comfortable and livable.

The theme of the plenary session was Megacity of the Future. New Space for Living. Leading experts from all over the world were invited to participate in it.

Sergey Sobyanin said that since the perestroika, the Russian capital was changing dramatically and as a result ended up on the verge of a collapse, both humanitarian and infrastructural.

– There was less and less space for people, the city was getting more and more uncomfortable. The new construction momentum showed an increasing lag behind other megacities,” said Sergey Sobyanin.

One of the megaprojects of recent years, according to the mayor, was the creation of the park Zaryadye. He said that another development scenario could lead to construction of an elite residential complex.

– Would it be accessible to an ordinary citizen? I doubt it. I am grateful to the president for supporting the idea of creating ​​a park. Zaryadye linked pedestrian streets and historical monuments of Moscow together. It linked the city and became a symbol of new transformations, a symbol of the new face of Moscow,” said the Moscow mayor.

Another ambitious Moscow project is the renovation program. Sergey Sobyanin sais that leading Russian and world architects took part in the development of projects for new blocks.

A partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS + R) Elizabeth Diller, one of the authors of the Zaryadye concept highlighted the importance of opening this area to people. At the same time, the authors wanted to change the idea of the inhabitants about contemporary parks: after all, the downtown Moscow had not seen new green areas for more than 50 years.

– We received a major feedback from people in the first months after the grand opening. I would like people to meet here with different goals and activities. I would like to see the image of parks change,” said Elizabeth Diller.

She believes that the concept of natural urbanism will link the wild and free nature with the urban space, where people can be comfortable and free to do what they want.


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