Moscow government at MIPIM-2019
The Moscow government took part in the 30th International Real Estate and Investment Exhibition MIPIM, which took place on March 12-15 in Cannes. A representative delegation headed by Marat Khusnullin, Deputy Mayor of Moscow in the Government of Moscow for Urban Development and Construction, visited France.
The opening ceremony of the Moscow exposition, which was located on the Croisette, took place on March 12.
“At the Moscow stand, you can learn about the city’s key development programs: the renovation of the housing stock, the reorganization of industrial zones, the integration of empty coastal territories into city life, and the construction of transport infrastructure – metro, railways and transport interchange nodes,” said Marat Khusnullin.
Presentation of city projects, conferences, discussions, and round tables took place within the scope of the business program at the Moscow stant. The Russian delegation addressed issues related to designing a metropolis of the future, the development of a sports cluster in Moscow, and the interaction between groups and communities in a modern city.
At MIPIM, Moscow learned about other countries’ experiences of introducing smart city technology for the construction of “smart neighborhoods” in the capital within the scope of the renovation program. Moscow has already implemented smart demolition technology, which is used to dismantle buildings that are part of the housing renovation program.
The topic of residential real estate has been the focal point of the Russian delegation’s business program at MIPIM for the second year in a row. This year, a panel discussion called “Transforming the City’s Reality: renovations of the housing stock in Moscow” was dedicated to the subject. Discussion participants talked about global experience, new opportunities for private business, changes of the city environment and economy as the result of renovations, and program results over the past year.
The “Moscow Investment Market: sharing success” conference, organized by the Department of Foreign Economic and International Relations of the city of Moscow with the assistance of RBC media holding, became the main event of the business program. The event, which was held with the participation of the head of the Department of Foreign Economic and International Relations Sergey Cheremin, took place in a Cannes – New York video conference format with leading foreign developers in the spheres of urbanism, architecture and development. The sides reviewed the impact of the main trends in the social development of megacities on their economic attractiveness, discussed the issues of digital integration of modern cities in international markets, and learned about the new opportunities Moscow is ready to offer to its business partners.
The investment potential of big cities was discussed, with Moscow as an example. “We’re creating the kinds of conditions that are satisfactory to both residents and investors,” Sergey Cheremin said during his presentation, “First and foremost, we try to invest our own funds. Statistics show that every ruble invested in infrastructure projects brings in 2-3 rubles in private investment. If we join forces with all companies and participants and make use of digitalization, we will be able to ensure high value and competitiveness in the city by 2030.”
Within the scope of the exhibition, a new three-year cooperation program between the Government of Moscow and the Nice City Administration was signed by Head of the Department of Foreign Economic and International Relations Sergey Cheremin and Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi.
The agreement provides for the strengthening of mutually beneficial cooperation in the field of promoting business and trade, urban planning, environmental protection, improving the effectiveness of social support measures within the framework of the Active Longevity Project, and much more.
According to Mr. Cheremin, the cooperation program encompasses not just the usual spheres of cooperation, but also new areas that correspond to modern global tendencies. “We will exchange experience in the development of technology parks, IT, and boosting city management efficiency in the Smart City program,” the minister said during his meeting with the journalists.
The Head of the Department of Foreign Economic and International Relations specifically noted that Moscow and Nice have the potential to develop closer economic ties, university exchanges, transport and tourism infrastructures, and expand contacts in the areas of healthcare, culture and cultural heritage, sports, and tourism. “The signed program will enable us to use out accomplishments for mutual benefit more effectively,” Mr. Cheremin said.
Within the scope of this visit to Cannes, the head of the Department of Foreign Economic and International Relations also held a series of meetings and negotiations with the mayors of European cities, taking part in the business program of the Moscow government stand at the MIPIM exhibition.
The Russian capital’s stand became one of the most popular stands at the exhibition. Over the course of three days, it was visited by over 8,000 people. The focal point of the stand was the unique mobile complex “Map of Moscow,” which showcased the main urban development projects in the city, including the construction of the metro and roads, the integration of the Troitsky and Novomoskovsky Administrative Districts, the construction of sports facilities, the reorganization of industrial areas, the renovation program, and improvements to parks and public spaces.
The Moscow delegation organized 15 industry discussions, round tables, and sessions. The majority of them features foreign speakers, and over a thousand people took part in the stand’s business program. During the exhibition, the capital signed two bilateral agreements – one on cooperation between the Government of Moscow and the Nice City Administration, and the other the establishment of a joint venture between Mosinzhproekt and the French Suezo to process construction waste and soils.
“Creating a joint venture with the help of French technologies and the international experience of our colleagues will allow us to restore order, strengthen control, and bring the processing of soils and debris in the capital to a new level,” said Marat Khusnullin, Marat Khusnullin, Deputy Mayor of Moscow in the Government of Moscow for Urban Development and Construction. Every year, the development of the Moscow metro alone results in about 20 million cubic meters of construction soil. Waste treatment sites will either be located outside the capital, or the waste will be recycled on the construction sites themselves.
Zaryadye Park receives MIPIM Awards prize
Zaryadye Park received the Grand Prix – a special prize of the MIPIM Awards jury, which included leading architects and experts in the field of urban planning.
The MIPIM Awards in the field of architecture and construction was established in 1991 and is presented at the international MIPIM exhibition. This professional award is given to only one project among all the contest finalists. This year, for the first time, it was a project of the Moscow Government.
The jury noted the boldness of the city’s urban planning solutions, the unique nature of the architectural forms, and the professionalism of the team. Zaryadye was the first park created in the center of Moscow in the past 200 years.
This year, 200 projects from 58 countries of the world applied for the MIPIM Awards. There were 11 nomination categories in total. 45 projects made it to the finals, including Zaryadye Park with a concert hall (in the category “Best Urban Environment Restoration Project”).
“I consider this victory an important breakthrough in the perception of the Russian real estate market and the work of our architectural community as a whole. Many projects created by famous architects have won the MIPIM Awards. We had to prove that we are part of the global process of urban development, and we did it,” said Chief Architect of Moscow Sergey Kuznetsov.
Zaryadye has already won prestigious international awards. In 2018, the park received an ArchDaily award in the “Best Public Space Project” category. The park also made it to the finals in the World Architecture Festival and was among the best places in the world according to Time magazine.
MIPIM is one of the largest and most prestigious international real estate and investment forums. The exhibition, which has been held annually since 1990, is attended by the most influential representatives from all sectors of this market.
- In 2019, the exhibition took place on March 12-14. The central theme was “Engaging the Future.”
- The exhibition brought together 26,800 participants from 100 countries, over 5,400 investors, and 3,350 companies. It was attended by over 50 political leaders.
- There were over 100 conferences, and more than 360 speakers gave presentations at business events.
- 10,000 participants visited the Moscow government stand over the course of 3 days, 80 speakers gave presentations at business program events (50 of them were foreign experts), and 80 members of the delegation held meetings with representatives of foreign companies and government bodies.