The end of the business program of the Moscow Urban Forum 2018, taking place from 17-22 July in Zaryadye Park, was marked by the award ceremony of the MUF Community Awards, an annual multidisciplinary set of awards presented to urban communities, independent projects, private initiatives and start-ups that have made a significant contribution to Moscow’s development.
The MUF Community Awards acknowledge projects and organizations whose activities have significantly changed, turned around and determined the development of a specific sphere of urban life. The 2018 prizes were awarded in 9 nominations, the winners of which are determined by a public vote on the mos.ru.
Opening the award ceremony, Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Urban Planning Policy and Construction of the Moscow Government Marat Khusnullin noted that the MUF Community Awards have already become a good tradition. "This competition is not for officials, but for people. We are trying to make Moscow a city that inspires Muscovites to achieve." Marat Khusnullin stressed that the number of worthy projects is increasing every year.
The Special Prize of the Government of Moscow was awarded to Zaryadye Park and the newly-opened "Zaryadye" Concert Hall, hosting the Moscow Urban Forum 2018. Presenting the prize to the park team - Park Director Pavel Trekhleb and Director of the Concert Hall Olga Zhukova - Marat Khusnullin called Zaryadye a pearl of Moscow and Russia. "Warmth, energy and soul should be in the Park and in Concert Hall," the Deputy Mayor concluded.
The award in the nomination "City Exhibitions" was presented by Director of City Programs at CIPPEC Gabriel Lanfranchi to Director of the Museum of Moscow Alina Saprykina, for the "Secrets of Moscow Underground" project, which showcased the most interesting findings of archaeological excavations carried out in Moscow during the implementation of the "My Street" program.
The free kindergarten for children with moderate to severe cerebral palsy, “Elizabeth's Garden”, was announced the winner in the "Charitable and Social Projects" nomination. According to its founders, the joint project of the Russian Orthodox "Mercy" service and the Marfo-Mariinsky monastery will allow not only the life of the child to be changed, but also that of the whole family: parents of children with developmental issues have the opportunity to work.
General Director of "Orbit Capital Partners" Evgeny Kuznetsov, presenting the award in the "Urban Technologies" nomination, pointed out that in terms of introducing technologies Moscow is ahead of many of the world’s countries. The winner of the nomination was the "Where are my children" project - an application allowing parents to track the location of their children.
In the "City Design" nomination, the project on the arrangement of Khokhlov Square implemented by the Strelka design bureau was voted best by Muscovites. The prize was presented to the winners by the Moscow Urban Forum’s Program Director Vasily Auzan, who noted of all of the projects that reached the final in this nomination: "They make the city bright and unusual."
Strategy Consultant for Make Sense Vasily Esmanov announced the winner in the "Cultural Initiatives" nomination. This was the Museum of Avant-Garde founded by Alexandra Selivanova in the gallery "On Shabolovka", dedicated to the history of monuments of constructivism. Alexandra noted that residents of Shabolovka took part in creating the museum.
The winner in the nomination "Sports and Recreation Projects" was declared the Playground sports and gaming center. The award for best sports center in the opinion of Muscovites was presented by General Director of the Moscow Urban Forum Denis Boykov.
The best project in the "Educational and educational initiatives" sphere was the mobile application "Radio Arzamas". Presenting the award to the winner, Vice President of the Skolkovo Foundation Elena Zelentsova noted that the urban environment is becoming a place for continuous development and improvement.
The founder of the "Leapfrog" bureau Maria Pomelova presented the prize in the "City for Сhildren" nomination to the "ProGorod" school of new urban professions - an educational program for teenagers aged 13-17 years about cities, trends in their development and innovative professions.
Head of the Department of Urban Development Policy of the Government of Moscow Sergey Levkin presented the prize in the "City Gastronomy" nomination to representatives of the Central Market. Sergey Levkin stressed that the idea of the MUF Community Awards is that assessment of the creative projects appearing in Moscow is made by the city community itself.
About the MUF COMMUNITY AWARDS
The MUF COMMUNITY AWARDS are awarded to projects meeting the following criteria:
- the project has had a significant impact on the life of the city (set a trend, attracted the attention of a wide audience, resulted in notable changes in a specific sphere);
- the project positions Moscow on the international market, integrates the city into new professional networks.
Nominees for the MUF COMMUNITY AWARDS are selected by the Expert Council, which consists of several professional experts corresponding to the profile of each nomination. Experts draw up a list of 3-5 nominees within their nomination. Winners are determined by public vote.