Moscow Urban Forum is an international conference on city planning, urban development and related subjects. The Forum has been held annually in Moscow since 2011 with the support of the Moscow Government, and with the Urban Land Institute as international partner. Moscow Urban Forum is a platform for an exchange of ideas where the heads of the largest cities in Russia and the world have an opportunity to discuss topics and projects of concern with the representatives of the international expert community.
“Megacities: Development Beyond the Centre” is the topic of the III Moscow Urban Forum. The topic is up-to-date and relevant not only for the capital and most Russian cities with a population of over 1 million people, but also for megacities all over the world.
Global urban planning gurus experienced in developing suburbs are ready to share their ideas – on how to resolve the problems of deprived outskirts, how to transform “dead” zones in towns into socially beneficial areas for work and leisure, and make a city environmentally sound and comfortable for living at a low cost, and how to create a transport system that is convenient for its citizens. They include Enrique Peñalosa, former Mayor of Bogota, Colombia, and President of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, New York; the expert on suburban redevelopment Ellen Dunham-Jones, the founder of the charity “Architecture for Humanity” Cameron Sinclair, among others.
The Forum will also server as the occasion for the City Festival, a unique opportunity to showcase ideas for the city of Moscow and connect with its citizens.
During the Festival Day, the Moscow Urban Forum's key foreign speakers will hold open lectures on urbanism in the Zil Cultural Centre and the new Russian centre for innovative industry, Technopolis Moscow. Russian specialists from the Higher School of Economics, the Strelka Institute, the Moscow Architectural Institute and the MARSH School of Architecture will also participate in the discussions of the development of outer areas. A series of exhibitions will form an important part of the Festival Day and will take place in a range of museums and galleries, as well as the Zil Cultural Centre and Technopolis Moscow. The “Archaeology of the Periphery” exposition will present a Moscow Urban Forum research project on the main trends in relation to the development of the outer areas of megacities, and the work of the well-known architectural photographer, Yuri Palmin. The Sputnik and Salyut cinemas will host documentary film festivals: the Beat Film Festival dedicated to films on urbanism, and the EcoCup environmental film festival featuring short