Living Environment

CITIES

19‑21th SEPTEMBER, 2019

VELIKY NOVGOROD
Forum

19‑21 SEPTEMBER
Veliky Novgorod

CITIES

What are the main factors and instruments for the effective cities’ development? What are the strategies, practices and cities’ management models used by modern city managers? Why do cities need master plans and what are the principles they should be built upon? How to keep citizens’ interests in the spotlight?

Leading international and Russian experts in territorial development, entrepreneurs and government officials will meet at the «Living Environment: Cities» forum in Veliky Novgorod on September 19‑21 2019 to share their own experiences and answer these and many other questions in order to identify directions of development of Russian cities till 2024. Forum will discuss new instruments of strategic planning of cities, which will help reach the goals set in the national projects of the country, and new models of city management – particularly, the role of mayors.

Veliky Novgorod

One of the most ancient Russian cities with a unique cultural and architectural legacy.

Veliky Novgorod is one of the main spots on the touristic map of Russia. A city with more than a thousand-year history. It’s here where the Russian state was born. Red brick of the Novgorod Detinets, white stone of the ancient churches and the brilliant domes of the Orthodox cathedrals of the historical city center are considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

This year the business program of the forum will take place literally by the walls of the Novgorod Kremlin – in the Regional Arensky Philarmonic.

Speakers

HAZEL BORYS (USA)

President of PlaceMakers USA and CEO of PlaceMakers Canada

ANTON ALIKHANOV (RUSSIA)

Governor of the Kaliningrad Region

EKATERINA SHULMAN (RUSSIA)

Political scientist, Associate professor at the RANEPA Institute of Social Sciences

JENS KRAMER MIKKELSEN (DENMARK)

Former Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, Director of Urban Development at NREP (Nordic Real Estate Partners)

ALEXEY MURATOV (RUSSIA)

Partner at KB Strelka

SIMON GLINVAD NIELSEN (DENMARK)

Partner at LivingCities

ALEXANDER LOZHKIN (RUSSIA)

Advisor to the Mayor of Novosibirsk

VICTORIA HILLS (UNITED KINGDOM)

Chief Executive at Royal Town Planning

DMITRY DANILOV (RUSSIA)

CEO of a group of companies Ostrova

ELENA DMITRIEVA (RUSSIA)

CEO at Kolomenskaya Pastila

ALEXANDER GONCHAROV (RUSSIA)

Co-founder of the country projects Bolotov.Dacha and Mark and Lev

DMITRY NISKOVSKIH (RUSSIA)

Head of the Sysert City District

GONZALO MARQUES SAGNIER (SPAIN)

Director of Operations at INCASOL

GUZEL SANZHAPOVA (RUSSIA)

Founder of Cocco Bello

MAGALI VOLKWEIN (FRANCE)

Director of Urban Development at Devillers et Associés

MIKHAIL GOLDBERG (RUSSIA)

Head of the Analytical Centre of DOM.RF

NATALYA IBRAGIMOVA (RUSSIA)

Chief Architect of Orenburg regionArchitects of Russia

RODION EREMEEV (RUSSIA)

Co-Founder and CEO at Archifellows

SERGEY KUZNETSOV (RUSSIA)

Head of the City of Novokuznetsk

SERGEI SAKHAROV (RUSSIA)

Head of Administration of the city of Suzdal

Schedule

News

Media

CITIES AS SPACES FOR OPPORTUNITIES

Today it is not only countries, but also global cities, who establish strong diplomatic ties and compete in terms of economic development and quality of life.

 

Smaller regional centers are to follow. 80% of the 1117 Russian cities are either historical settlements or small towns. To develop economically, they need investments considering the local specifics, as well as high-quality infrastructure and urban environment. 

 

A town of any size and status can fight for resources and human capital. And career opportunities are not the only motivation for talented people. People want to live in cities where a comfortable living is not limited to a house or apartment. 

 

This request from residents and the business community was embodied in the national project «Housing and Urban Environment», in new investment developments and leadership programs.

National goals for 2024



+30%

to the quality of the urban environment


-50%

cities with unfavorable environment


120

million m² housing a year

With implementation of national projects and understanding of importance of the urban economy the role of the local government has grown, too. For mayors, it means more resources for development of their cities and their own political weight at the regional level. But new opportunities always mean greater responsibility – for the accuracy of decisions being made, efficiency in spending money and providing economic growth not only to the cities, but also regions. 

 

A high-quality urban environment is diverse and varied, it is complex in its structure and connected with all the aspects of the citizens’ life. Therefore, its development is a multipurpose task. New professionals and strategic instruments will help city leaders to manage it. 

 

In Osaka, Frankfurt, Sydney, Toronto – many cities that hold first places in international ratings – standards and strategies are implemented on multiple levels: master plans, regulations for space development, design codes. 

 

These kinds of documents provide a clear plan for action and transparent way to attract additional resources and investments in the urban economy. Is it a platform for interaction and, as a result, mutual understanding among citizens: along with the authorities, citizens, entrepreneurs and experts are involved in work on those documents. 

 

For the fourth time the «Living Environment» forum will become a platform for exchanging best experiences and successful cases from Russia and the world, which in the wake of implementation of the priority national projects could be also used at the different level – by constructors, designers, architects, regional and municipal authorities.