July 17   Haussmann   12:45 - 13:45   |   Enviroment

Constructing Comfort. A Convenient Megapolis

The most evident change Moscow has experienced in the recent years is the apparition of active public life. Moscow’s citizens are now used to spending time in parks and public gardens and having an abundant variety of events and festivals to choose from day and night. This became possible thanks to an invested effort at modernising the city’s environment; the city built well-equipped public spaces, comfortable pavements, provided green spaces and festive illumination. Now Moscow is in the same league as the global leaders, which is recognised internationally: street renovation programme «Moya Ulitsa» (My Street) was shortlisted for the European Prize for Urban Public Space, and the new Zaryadye Park made the list of finalists for MIPIM Awards.

  • What is Moscow’s response to its citizens’ increasing demand for a comfortable and developed urban environment? 
  • How does Moscow compare with other megacities in basic quality indexes for environment and communal infrastructure? 
  • How can the development of urban infrastructure drive the growth of the city?
  • What are the possible short-term trajectories for the development of the urban environment? 


Sergei Sivaev
Director, Center for Urban Studies, Skolkovo


Petr Biryukov
Moscow Deputy Mayor
Rob Van de Velde
Former Antwerpen Vice-Mayor of Urban Planning
Diane Galbe
Senior Executive Vice President, SUEZ
Federico Cugurullo
Assistant Professor, Trinity College, Dublin
Natalia Markevich
Curator of the Light Design course, MARCH Architecture School
Ilya Mochalov
CEO, "Ilya Mochalov and Partners"