01.22.2013

GERT URHAHN: FROM EXTENSION TO TRANSFORMATION, FROM PLAN TO PROCESS

Gert Urhahn is designer of the urban environment, former head of Urhahn Urban Design, author of “Spontaneous City” (2010). Recently he participated in “The New Life of Microrayons” session of Moscow Urban Forum. — What are the main challenges in transformation of megacities? — Thinking about the main challenges there is especially one thing coming to my mind – the need for a major turn from extension to transformation,…
01.18.2013

DAVID MUNN: OPENNESS ASSISTS IN DELIVERING A MORE EFFICIENT GOVERNMENT

David Munn is Head of information and communication technology for the Greater London Authority and a proponent of using open source technology and opening up data to citizens. Recently he participated in the “Open Data and the General Agenda” session of Moscow Urban Forum. — What is the role of new technologies in city management? Are there any new working methods you implement? — I suppose our focus - at the Greater London…
01.15.2013

DAVID BARRIE: GOVERNMENT IS USED TO SUPREME CONTROL AT THE LOCAL LEVEL

David Barrie is a British urban designer, CEO of David Barrie & Associates which focuses on urban regeneration projects. Recently he participated in “New Life of Microrayons” session of Moscow Urban Forum. Below he speaks about community building in terms of market economy and shows ways to provoke people to act independently of central government for their own good. — After years of forced cooperation Russians didn’t tend…
01.10.2013

JAN GEHL: LIVABILITY, ATTRACTIVENESS AND SUSTAINABILITY

Jan Gehl, founder of GEHL ARCHITECTS, participant of Moscow Urban Forum plenary session “Moscow: Looking into the Future”, talks about common challenges for global cities and major factors of their international success. — What should be the first steps to start improving Moscow? — Clearly the Moscow City Government has already taken a number of steps toward improving the city quality. Restrictions to parking of cars, more…
01.08.2013

Rem Koolhaas to curate 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale

Putting an end to recent flurries of gossip in the architecture world, it was finally confirmed on Tuesday that Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas will curate the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, The Guardian reports. "We want to take a fresh look at the fundamental elements of architecture – used by any architect, anywhere, anytime," said Koolhaas in an official statement released by the Biennale, "to see if we can discover something…

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