Very few Moscow residents will drink the city’s tap water, let alone swim in the Moskva River, although the quality of water is fully in line with state sanitary standards. Let's not forget, though, that these standards and norms have undergone major changes over the past 30 years.
The quality of water is determined by the river's self-cleaning capacity. The Moscow River, like many freshwater bodies in the world, shows less of it, due to an ever-growing number of toxic components. Today, the quality of 60% of water bodies in Europe doesn't meet "healthy" requirements. In addition to supplying water, ealthy" ecosystems mitigate climate change effects by regulating temperature and capturing and retaining carbon.
Anna Kamyshan, Meganom architect, has spent five years developing Moscow embankments and monitoring the state of the capital's main river. In her lecture, Anna will explain the challenges faced by the Moscow River ecosystem, how the country's water resources shape national policies, what the immunodeficiency of a water body is, and whether you can marry the river and the city.
Anna Kamyshan is an architect at Meganom and a 2014 Strelka Institute graduate (Urban Routines). She has led the development of Moskva River embankments since 2014. Anna co-curated the Russian pavilion at the Milan Triennale and received the Wax Bee award. In 2018, together with Yuri Grigoryan, Taisiya Osipova, and Glafira Parinos, Anna co-founded theMoscow River Friends society.
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