July 18   Niemeyer   18:15 - 19:15   |   Stability, Innovation

Sustainable Neighborhoods. Infrastructure for the Self-Contained City

Cities all around the world see emerging carbon-neutral communities that are designed and built based on the principles of sustainable development. These eco-minded communities are equipped to self-supply the necessary resources. Solar panels on roofs and facades generate energy and redistribute it into the smart electricity networks. Rain water harvesting and conservation systems replenish water supply. Miniature gardens on the side or on the top of the buildings provide the community with fresh vegetables. Adopting this approach to community design can help reduce their ecological footprint and gives motivation to community members to actively engage in local waste distribution and recycling and take on environmentally conscious models of consumption. 

  • Which resource management and engagement principles make the foundation of sustainable communities? 
  • How is the communities’ infrastructure connected to the city networks? 
  • How can we scale the practice of environmentally conscious design?  


Guy Eames
CEO, Green Building Council Russia


Arpan Bakshi
Associate Partner, Foster + Partners
Desai Pooran
Co-Founder, Bioregional
Maksim Sheyfel
Vice-President, City-Manager, Skolkovo Foundation
James Erlich
Founder, ReGen Villages
Dmitry Berezutsky
Chairman of the Board, Green Building Association