Moscow
2011/12

This year's study focused on Moscow and urban paradoxes. Moscow and part of the region that surrounds it (known as the Moscow Oblast) was merged to create the first and perhaps the only megacity in Europe. This affected Russia’s capital: there are now new cultural practices and a new virtual layer of city life. But at the same time it has had an impact on the entire country: a flip side to Moscow’s transition towards a megacity was that Russia’s regions are increasingly thinning out. The purpose of the research is to analyze these processes and understand how life has changed the city and the country, and how it will change in the future.