Victoria WÄGNER TALKS AT THE 2019 MOSCOW URBAN FORUM
On 4th July, Victoria Wägner participated in the Moscow Urban Forum 2019 which had an overarching theme of ‘Quality of life. Projects for a better city’. This year’s forum was focused on discussing initiatives and citywide projects that are intended to provide balanced and sustainable urban development.
Vicky spoke on a panel, ‘The City and the Yard. Engaging residents in Urban Improvement.’ which centred on the importance of engaging residents in the urban design process and the reality of working with communities. With Artem Gerasimenko from Strelka moderating, Vicky talked about the benefits of seeking out a range of perspectives when entering into dialogue with residents. She shared the example of the one-to-one interviews, that Publica undertook as part of the Barbican and Golden Lane Area Strategy, which included gardeners, elderly residents, shopkeepers, business-owners, students, families and a nine-year-old girl as interviewees.
Vicky also participated in a roundtable discussion, ‘Water asset. Moscow River as a citywide recreation’ which was aimed at discussing how to maximise coastal development for recreational purposes in Moscow. Alongside six other speakers including Alexandros Washburn, the principal of Draw Brooklyn LLC (and the former Chief Urban Designer of New York City) and Sergey Kuznetsov, the Chief Architect of Moscow, Vicky talked about the context of London, as an example of a European capital and how it utilises the River Thames. Drawing on the research undertaken as part of Publica’s work with the PLA and GLA to develop The Case for a River Thames Cultural Vision, Vicky explained the specific challenges and opportunities for the future of the Thames, drawing parallels with the Moscow River.
Posted: 16 JULY 2019