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Moscow Urban Forum-2019: How Did the Umwelt Walks End?

8 July 2019
Moscow Urban Forum (MUF) was held at Zaryadye from 4 to 7 July. This year, 8,500 participants from 68 countries visited it, 111 foreign speakers took part in the sessions.

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In the frames of the business program, Pavel Trekhleb, the director of Zaryadye Park, gave a speech. He stated that each year 12 million people visit the park. “We sell a huge amount of park excursions. The most popular attractions are “Soaring over Moscow” and “Soaring over Russia,” said Pavel Trekhleb. He also noted that since September 2017, 19.4 million people have visited the park: 2.4 million in 2017, 12.1 million in 2018, and 4.9 million in 2019 by now.

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Moscow Urban Forum has been held annually since 2011, and for the second time it was held at Zaryadye. This is the largest international congress dedicated to the challenges of global megapolises development. The main theme of this year is “Quality of life. Projects that change cities”.

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The business program brought together experts from around the world: representatives of city administrations, architects, city planners, developers, heads of financial companies, investors, tech startups, media representatives and citizens. More than 300 speakers were involved in the business program, including leading world architects, mayors of major megapolises, leaders of iconic international megaprojects, and representatives of global corporations. Thus, Hans-Paul Burkner, head of BCG international company specializing in management consulting, called the creation of Zaryadye park near the Kremlin walls a great example of capital development. He noted that Moscow outstands many world cities and can be a worthy example for them.
 
All sites of the park were involved in Moscow Urban Fest — a large-scale cultural and educational program of the Forum. More than 100 events were organized: lectures, performances, sports trainings that helped to see the city from the other side. 

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This year, the central theme of the festival was the umwelt (German "environment", "surroundings") concept, which implies that each person feels the city based on his or her experience and perception.

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