"City Details" : Worldwide Trends and Best Design Solutions for Megacities Exhibition

“A city is a unity of dissimilar elements,” said Aristotle, and his words still ring true. Today, millions of people live in megacities with different, often conflicting interests, and the task of urban planners is to make cities convenient for everyone, taking into account the characteristics of their inhabitants. 

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The lifestyles of city dwellers are largely determined by their environment. Today, jobs often require only Wi-Fi and a comfortable working space, so many people prefer to work in a park rather than in an office. An interactive playground is more likely to distract children from their gadgets than a standard slide or swing. And older folk are much more likely to remain active and engage in sports with their peers if the appropriate equipment is available nearby. A harmonious urban environment not only improves quality of life, but also helps build new social connections. Topics of conversation can always be found in dog-walking areas. Playing team sports like new techological football on the streets can unite teens as well as online games. Public workout zones motivate people to train more and more often in the spirit of competition.

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The best design solutions for transforming urban environments and the lifestyles of their inhabitants will be on display at the second international City: Details exhibition, which will be held from March 26 to 28 in VDNK’s Pavilion № 75. This interactive exhibition will consist of almost 300 projects from manufacturers. In each section, guests will be able to test the innovations of Russian and foreign designers, and then vote for their favorites. The exhibits receiving the most votes will be included in a special catalog that will serve as a guide for the capital’s community services. This means that Muscovites can have a direct influence on the future of their city’s parks, courtyards, and squares.

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For a few days, Pavilion № 75 at VDNKh will turn into a model city. Some 15,000 square meters will be divided into 8 zones, inspired by the latest trends in city planning and urban comfort.

The newest and most unusual theme is Parks as Co-working Spaces. The area dedicated to this new trend will be a model of what modern outdoor coworking should look like. Equipment manufacturers will display a variety of solutions that make parks no less comfortable than offices. These innovations include smart benches and tables equipped with Wi-Fi and charging ports for gadgets, as well as infrared floor lamps and tables that emit heat, allowing people to continue working in cool weather.  

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“A modern park can be used for more than just work; it is already something more than just a coworking space. City parks have become real oases of silence, where you can escape from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis, take a break, exhale, and relax. This environment is the key to the harmonious interaction of residents. Besides just working and socializing, here, in the parks, Muscovites on their own initiative conduct yoga classes, organize sports trainings, run, teach painting, hold seminars, meetings, and photo shoots, but, most importantly, find ‘their own’” – says Sergey Kapkov, head of the Culture and Urban Development Center at Moscow State University’s School of Economics.Another notable urban trend in recent years has been a focus on pet comfort. The exhibition’s Animal Friendly section will primarily feature equipment for dog playgrounds, which the city has been actively installing during the past year as part of the My District program. Visitors are invited to bring their pets to try out treadmills and obstacle courses. While the animals can choose their favorite equipment, the owners will have to vote for them.

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The main trend in designing modern playgrounds is to include interactive and educational components.  Consequently, the exhibition’s playground zone is called Learn by Playing! The Planetarium climbing dome from a Finnish manufacturer, where you can study the map of the constellations while climbing, is a great example of an innovation that encourages learning through play. A game panel that trains kids’ reactions by having them step on light indicators in coordination with music is another successful combination of fun and child development.

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A variety of outdoor exercise equipment and workout stations will be presented in the City of Opportunities sports zone. This name was chosen for a reason: the focus will be on equal opportunities for all, so special attention has been paid to sports equipment for citizens with impaired mobility.

In the Big City Lights section, residents and visitors of the capital will be shown the limitless possibilities of urban lighting. In addition to architectural lighting and lights of all shapes, colors and sizes, there will be illuminated swings and benches on display, as well as interactive children’s games utilizing lights and illuminated landscapes. The goal is to show that the possibilities for using light in the city are endless.

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The Water in the City zone will focus on the timeless appeal of relaxing by the water. There will be public art, benches, and sunbathing chairs, as well as instruments that play music with the wind – everything to comfortably be alone with yourself, watching the soothing ripples of the water.

The Transportation as Self section will be feature facilities that make bicycles, scooters, and Segways such attractive modes of transport in big metropolises, including many options for bike parking, charging stations for electric scooters and cars, and much more.

During the exhibition, VDNkh’s Pavilion № 75 will have a Food Court, where the tables benches themselves will be design innovations for urban environments.

For detailed information, see the City: Details official website at: https://mrexpo.ru/en/

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