The business programme of the Moscow Urban Forum 2018 international urban congress has been announced, with events held on 17-22 July in Zaryadye Park, Moscow. Sessions of the business programme are scheduled for 17-18 July in the Concert Hall of Zaryadye Park, where more than 300 speakers, including the world's leading architects, mayors of the largest megacities, leaders of iconic international megaprojects, and representatives of global corporations will present their work and ideas over two days. Moscow Urban Forum 2018 focuses on the development of large cities and agglomerations in the era of global change.
Registration for the Forum closes on 11 July.
The topic of the first day of the business programme is the Modern Megalopolis: Results of Post-Industrial Transformation. Forum visitors and guests will find out how the shape of the largest megacities have changed over the past ten years, how Moscow looks compared to them, and what are the tasks and strategies of megacities over the next 5-10 years. In particular, the topics of mass housing construction, public transport development, urban improvements, and large-scale infrastructure projects will be emphasised the most, according to the report.
The first day's speakers include architect Rem Koolhaas, economist Bruce Katz, the CEO of Smart Dubai Aisha Bin Bishr, architect Winy Maas, Chief State Architect of the Netherlands Floris Alkemade, Executive Director of the Urban Age programme Philippe Rode, Vice President of global innovation at Cisco Guy Diedrich, and the Head of the Department of Information Society Development of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia Janek Rozov.
The events of day two are guided by the theme City of the Future: Responding to Resident Needs. The discussion will centre around the development of the social infrastructure in Moscow and the world's largest megacities. The organisers report that experts will discuss the adaptation of spatial solutions and urban infrastructure to changing economic, environmental, technological and cultural demands.
Speakers will include the author of the creative class theory Richard Florida, Nigerian architect and urban and creative researcher Kunle Adeyemi; American and Russian writer, architectural historian Vladimir Paperny, author of the book Stress in the City Mazda Adli, the founder of BlaBlaCar Frederic Mazzella, Italian architect and engineer Ratti, CEO and co-founder of the Civil Fund in Iceland Gunnar Grimsson, director of the Architectural Association in London Eva Franch I Gilabert, and founder of Doctors Without Borders Xavier Emmanuelli.
Vasily Auzan, programme director of MUF 2018: "This year's programme consolidates the results Moscow has achieved over the past 8 years, and analyses these changes in a global context. In addition, we explore the future development agenda of both Moscow and other major megacities, including topics that have not yet received serious consideration in Moscow, like environmentalism, inclusiveness, and new indicators of measuring urban life—health and happiness. Plus from the point of view of speakers and international participants, this year's Forum is one of our strongest. We're lucky enough to be hosting several leading architects of our generation, including Rem Koolhaas, who Vladimir Pozner will be interviewing at the forum. Bruce Katz, one of the chief economists analysing the economy of cities, will also be joining us, as well as Richard Florida, the author of the theory of the creative class. The programme of the Forum covers all key areas of modern urban thought under the experienced guidance of the sector's most unique minds."
Auzan also noted that "the first day of the Forum is more focused on analysing what's been happening to major cities over the past 10 years, what we have come to and in what environment we're currently in. The second day is devoted to the challenges cities and humankind as a whole will face in the near and not very near future, and how cities will respond to them from an environmental point of view, in terms of quality of life, and from the perspective of the role of cities in the world."
Director General of MUF Denis Boykov said: "This year, more than 30 official delegations, and 6 mayors of the largest megacities, including Ankara, Mumbai, Beirut, and others, are joining us in Moscow."
Boykov added that this year, for the navigational convenience of all attendees and speakers, the event will have its own special application for mobile devices: "This year, we're trying, as always, to make the most user-friendly navigation possible, including our own mobile app. We are also releasing the Urban Agenda magazine specifically for the Forum, which will introduce the main speakers to readers and describe the main topics of the Forum. We are also for the first time ever in Russia publishing special for the Forum the Russian edition of the latest book by our key speaker Richard Florida, the New Urban Crisis. At the MUF Concert Hall venue in Zaryadye Park, there will be a large plenary hall where attendees enjoy presentations from the main stars of the Forum and listen to key discussions, but at the same time we also have 7 other halls working simultaneously, offering discussions and presentations no less captivating with speakers equal in status. Out of everything we're offering, I suggest paying particular attention to the interviews with star speakers, presentations of strategies and studies, as well as the Moscow startups pitches."