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

Vladimir Putin: ‘No One Needs a Race for Square Meters, so We Should Not Build Uncomfortable, Poor Quality Housing. We Must Build Not Just a Large Amount of Housing, but Also Housing That Is Modern’

On December 20, 2017, Vladimir Putin chaired a meeting of the Council for Strategic Development and Priority Projects in the Kremlin, which was convened to discuss the implementation of the housing development strategy. The President mentioned that large volumes of housing should not compromise the quality of new housing.

‘No one needs a race for square meters, so we should not build uncomfortable, poor quality housing’, Vladimir Putin said. ‘We must build not just a large amount of housing, but also housing that is modern. And here it is important not only to update the standards, but also to find economic incentives for developers to build new residential buildings based on advanced design solutions and technologies, using quality modern materials. On a par with housing people need parks, squares, playgrounds and sports grounds and social infrastructure – in a word, everything that forms the image of cities and creates a favorable environment for life.’

‘Realization of a priority project on creating a comfortable urban environment will positively affect the volumes of housing. Annually up until 2025, 25 billion rubles will be allocated to shaping a new image of cities and improving quality of life in Russia’s cities’, stated Mikhail Men, Minister of Construction, Housing and Utilities of the Russian Federation.

Mikhail Men also added that a subprogram of stimulating the development of housing construction facilitates the increase of construction volumes and improving the affordability of housing within the Integrated Development of Territories. ‘In 2017 we obtained a support for over 60 housing construction projects in 32 regions with construction volume over 6 million square meters of housing. There are 92 public amenities under construction: schools, pre-school facilities, health centers; and also 126 km of internal development roads. The means from federal budget are preliminarily allocated to construction of infrastructure facilities. In 2018 we plan to put 100 projects into operation involving 8 man square meters of housing. It will allow exclude infrastructure costs from a per square meter price.’

According to estimations, around 1.5 man families in Russia might take out mortgage loanты in 2018, said Alexander Plutonic, CEO of DOM.RF. Young families under 35-years-old account for around 50% of borrowers. They are used to new technologies in their daily life. ‘We have to find a new way to cater to their needs’, said Plutnik.

‘In cooperation with the Bank of Russia we are working on the standards of responsible mortgage loans system together with leading banks’, noted Plutnik. ‘We carried out several expanded studies and learned that in the following 5 years around 8 million families in Russia will take mortgage loans. It is significant to offer them a mechanism to improve their living conditions and problems, rather involve them in infinite trials that follow borrower default.’

According to Denis Leontiev, around 40% of residents of Russia’s cities do not have green areas within walking distance to their homes; streets in the cities and towns are congested; residential areas lack decent workplaces, though 60% of citizens prefer to work near their places; many people are dissatisfied with ecological situation.

‘Modern guidelines imply unified parameters and mechanisms that ensure a balanced level of living environment. For instance, on the one hand, a unified standard of lane width of a roadway of 3.5m saves street traffic capacity and makes traffic safer; on the other hand, it allows to maximize space or pedestrians by 15% in the whole city’, stated Denis Leontiev.

75% of Russians reside in cities, which are the centers of a new economy. Urban dwellers contribution accounts for 60% of national GDP and this number will grow further.