This year, the major international congress Moscow Urban Forum 2017 will be holding the MUF Community Awards, the first multi-disciplinary award for urban communities, independent projects, private initiatives and startups that have made a significant contribution to Moscow's development.
The MUF Community Awards have eight nomination categories, encompassing all the essential spheres of urban life — from the design of public spaces to cultural landscapes. Projects eligible for nomination are those launched within past three years and have significantly affected the life of the city and its communities, as well as projects representing Moscow at international level and promoting the city's integration into new professional networks.
A special advisory council will select the nominees, and the winners will be determined by public voting on the portal mos.ru, from 12 to 25 June.
The advisory council is composed of urban environment professionals and community leaders, including Anastasia Butrym, Director of the British Higher School of Art and Design; Ivan Bogantsev, Director of the Polytech Festival; Olga Zakharova, former Director of Gorky Park, Managing Director of ADG Group; Ilya Sachkov, expert on cyber crime and co-owner of Group-IB; the publisher Alexey Ametov; the head of the SPBCH musical band Kirill Ivanov, and others. The official award ceremony will be held on 7 July.
Capital cities all over the world make great efforts to support initiatives of their urban communities. A properly organised dialogue between the city and its businesses and society is a powerful driver for positive urban change, and an important factor in the loyalty of its residents. That is why urban communities have become the central theme of the MUF 2017 Festival and the Forum's official award, the MUF Community Awards. The focus of this award is Disruptive Communities, the projects and organisations that have greatly changed, turned around and defined the development of a certain sphere of urban life.
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