July 17   Haussmann   17:45 - 18:45   |   Enviroment

Renovation and Environment. How Major Redevelopment Projects Influence on Cities?

The history of urbanism is suffused with the aspiration to improve the living conditions for the masses and create a safer, more sophisticated urban environment. This had spawned many massive housing projects throughout the world: from Baron Haussmann renovation of Paris in the 19th century, to redevelopment of Bombay’s residential area in the first half of the 20th century, to building khrushchevkas in the USSR, to the renovation of residential areas on Istanbul, to the recent Seestadt Aspern project in Vienna. In each case, the sheer scale of the project caused a continuing ripple effect throughout the city and the whole country. Starting its own massive renovation, Moscow needs to consider a variety of possible consequences.

  • What other objectives beside the improvement of the living conditions should large urban development projects establish? 
  • What parameters need to be monitored? 
  • How can a large urban project propel the development of the urban environment and minimise the risks? 


Konstantin Remchukov
Editor-in-Chief, Nezavisimaya Gazeta


Sergei Levkin
Head of the Department of Urban Development Policy of Moscow
Daniela Allmeier
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Raumposition
Tatiana Polidi
Executive Director, Institute of Urban Economics
Fan Zhang
Director, Shanghai Urban Planning, Design and Research Institute
Sergei Tchoban
Partner, SPEECH
Yaroslav Kuzminov
Rector, National Research University Higher School of Economics

First Row Experts

Alexandr Lomakin
Deputy Head of the Moscow City Construction Department
Leonid Kievsky
Chief Researcher, SPC "Development of the City"
Alexei Shaposhnikov
Chairman of the Moscow City Duma