08.12.2012 Experts discussed public policy issues in urban planning and construction during the First Moscow Urban Forum
The First Moscow Urban Forum brought together high-ranking officials, international and Russian experts in the field of urban planning, as well as top officials of major financial, construction and real estate agencies. For two days, from December 8 to 9, 2011, participants and speakers at the Moscow Urban Awards discussed the world trends of modern urbanism, as well as topical issues of development and the competitiveness of the capital city and regional cities in Russia and former territories of the Soviet Union.
The Program of the Moscow Urban Forum-2011 was logically divided into five sections, which were attended by the Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, Minister of Economic Development of the RF Elvira Nabiullina, Mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin, Deputy Mayor of Moscow Andrey Sharonov, President and CEO of Sberbank of Russia OJSC German Gref, Chairman of the Committee on Architecture and Urban Planning of Moscow Alexander Kuzmin, and other representatives of government, public and business structures.
Veniamin Golubitsky, President of the Renova StroyGroup GC spoke as the chief expert in one of the key sessions entitled "Planning and Housing Construction". Within this session, the discussion called "Housing: Political and Technological Solutions” was held on December 8, it was moderated by Leonid Kazinets, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Barkley Corporation. The agenda of the session included such issues as the effectiveness of the government housing policy, as well as techniques for reducing the cost of residential housing, without affecting the quality of life for its residents.
Mikhail Semenov, General Director of the Renova StroyGroup GC, who was the speaker in the section entitled “Federation, Regions, Cities: separation of powers – determining the responsibility", made a presentation on December 8, within the section called “Finance and Management”. The participants focused on the development of Russian cities, as well as on the possibility of delegating more responsibility and resources to the cities. This section was moderated by Irina Starodubrovskaya, Director of the scientific school Political Economy and Regional Development under the E.T. Gaydar Institute for Economic Policy.
On December 9, the discussion entitled "Development in Moscow: What and How to Build?" was moderated by Khusnullin Marat, Deputy Mayor in the Moscow City Government, in charge of Urban Policy and Development, and Sergey Riabokobylko, executive director of ULI Russia. Particular attention was paid to Moscow city-planning within the new expanded boundaries. Speakers also shared views on the principles of interaction between municipal authorities and private investors.
By the results of the two-day session, V. Golubitsky, the President of the Renova StroyGroup GC, provided a peer review and summarized the views of speakers in all discussions. At the final plenary session, on behalf of the speakers of the section entitled "Planning and Housing Construction”, Mr. Golubitsky presented a set of solutions and technologies for the development of cities in Russia.
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