Moscow Urban Forum 2013
Tverskaya Street, 13, Moscow, Russia, 124365, Russian Federation
During the last decade the difference between flourishing regions in the centre of Moscow and underdeveloped areas in the city periphery is becoming increasingly evident. Without a doubt this hinders the stable development of the whole megacity. In order to improve the situation it is necessary to create centres of attraction, in particular in the suburbs, which will bring together jobs, affordable housing, cultural and social infrastructure, to minimize the need to travel to the city centre and increase the accessibility of socially significant services, as a result improving quality of life. This topic will be discussed at the Third Moscow Urban Forum, taking place in early December in Moscow. International experience in relation to creating new growth centres is sufficiently extensive: examples include the creation of Greater Paris and the Greater Rome development projects. The Forum’s invited guests include foreign experts, theoretical and practical specialists in the sphere of urbanism, urban planning and architecture, involved in the development city suburbs. I see the Forum as the leading platform for discussing global best practice on the development of megacities and exchanging experience in relation to the following issues: how to identify or increase the value of the city outskirts? How to resolve transportation issues? What approach to development is most appropriate in light of the current situation? Where should growth centres be sought – in New Moscow, in the old residential suburbs, in industrial zones or satellite towns?