Business Program MUF2018Megacity of the Future. New Space for Living
July 17July 18 Global megacity. Results of postindustrial transformation
Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr
From Results to New Goals
The Culture and Practice of Decision Making
A Convenient Megapolis
How Major Redevelopment Projects Influence on Cities?
The Needs of the City and the Wants of the Developer
Megacities Meeting the Demographic Changes
From Technogenic Landscape to Sustainable Environment
Education for Urban Leaders
How the Approach to Urban Planning Is Changing
Chronicle of the Transportation Revolution
Moscow Smart City Strategy
Global Experience and Local Challenges
How to Make Cities Exciting for Kids?
PPP for the City. How Partnership and Business Encourage Growth and Development
Approaches and Practices of Working with the Legacy of Last Century
New Sports Formats
Testing Ideas for the Future
Pitch Sessions of Moscow Tech Solutions
July 18July 17 Сity of the Future. Responding to Human Requests
Museum Neighborhoods as the Agents of Urban Development
The Outcomes of the Urban Development Megaprojects
Health of the Citizens as a Focus of Urban Management
Social Infrastructure of Modern City
Social Foundation for the Future Сity
Social Capital as a Source of Competitive Advantage
Anti-Utopia or Management Reality
Best Practices for Transitioning to Zero Emissions City
Investment Model of Partnership
Building a Megapolis of XXI Century
New Entrepreneurs as the Agents of Positive Changes
Risks and Opportunities for Future Cities
Is There a Way to Reach Phsycological Comfort in a City?
What Future is Painted for Cities?
Space of Equal Opportunities
Who and What Should the City Remember?
The world’s largest cities, including Moscow, have undergone major changes over recent decades. The drivers of these changes, among others, are globalization, which has opened for the world regions that for a long time have been isolated, the boom in consumerism in the developing world, the change in the economic and technological paradigm, the development of the knowledge economy, and migration process. In order not to lose out in the competition for finance, technology and talent, and often just to continue to function, for example by not suffocating under a transportation collapse, megacities have had to initiate vigorous change. In terms of the speed and decisiveness of changes aimed at modernizing the urban environment, Moscow has shown itself to be the undisputed leader. Transportation reform, the development of public spaces, the emergence of a world-class entertainment industry, urban development projects with the involvement of the world's best architects − all of this has been realized in less than a decade. Many changes have taken place at such speed that the city has not yet fully realized what has occurred. One of the tasks of the discussions at this year's forum is to record the results achieved by Moscow and other major megacities, to consider their effects, to understand the nature of a modern metropolis that has experienced a wave of transformations, and what determines its viability.
The renovation of the urban environment of cities that are in essence remnants of the Soviet era is undoubtedly a highly important task. However, life does not stand still. The world’s awareness of the scale and depth of environmental challenges, "human" problems such as the aging of the population, migration, inequality, the increasingly stressful pace of life, the unprecedented impact of technology on all spheres of life, and international tensions − major cities at minimum have to adapt to these realities and, ideally, become leaders in resolving mankind’s most pressing problems. Megacities already play a disproportionately large role in the economies of individual countries and the global economy as a whole. Their size and economic and political might are likely to continue to grow. They will have to achieve an understanding of themselves in the context of a rapidly changing world and correspond to the new reality. World history shows that no great city is immune from crises. An awareness of the real challenges and an ability to formulate an attractive and unifying vision of development, to become leaders of new social, managerial and technological trends, is what has always ensured and will continue to ensure the prosperity of megacities.
Moscow, which has successfully implemented a large-scale program to transform the industrial urban environment, will inevitably face the challenge of remaining a competitive megacity in the new world, where everything is determined by the quality of human capital. People, who constitute the most important and most fluid asset of the modern economy, want to live in convenient, beautiful and safe cities. They want to be able to lead a healthy lifestyle and have access to entertainment. But no less importantly, and perhaps even more so, they want to live and work in cities that have the ambition to do more than provide for their needs. These people are able to resolve large-scale tasks, they want to be involved in something important: whether it is contributing to resolving global environmental problems, creating breakthrough technologies or masterpieces of new art, and they want to influence what is happening in their living space. Competition among leading megacities is shifting to the sphere of the striving for substance and meaningfulness in the life of citizens, and their involvement in what is happening. The Moscow Urban Forum 2018 is intended to discuss and define this new space for life.