Closing Reception for Moscow Urban Forum Held at Romanov Dvor


On December 6 the Class A business center Romanov Dvor hosted the official closing festivities of the Moscow Urban Forum 2013. The event was attended by Russian government officials and businessmen as well as representatives of leading business media.

The official reception was opened by Deputy Mayor for Urban Development and Construction Marat Khusnillin, Advisor to the Mayor of Moscow and Rector of the Moscow Business School Skolkovo Andrei Sharonov, and Moscow’s Chief Architect and Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Architecture and Urban Development Sergei Kuznetsov.


The reception also included a special presentation of the new edition of a book by the legendary Danish urban planner and architect Jan Gehl – Moscow: Towards a Great City for People. The book was published at the initiative of Moscow’s urban planning institute Genplan in partnership with RD Group. The book was personally presented by the author Jan Gehl, acting Director of Genplan Karima Nigmatulina and Head of RD Group’s Representative Office in Russia Roman Tkachenko.

“In 2012-2013 Genplan of Moscow commissioned Gehl Architects, led by Jan Gehl, to do a study of the capital’s public spaces. The results of this research were first published in 2013. The book became so popular that today we are already presenting the second edition of Jan Gehl’s study Moscow: Towards a Great City for People,” said Karima Nigmatulina.

“I have done studies in many cities throughout the world – London, New York, Melbourne, Sidney… but nowhere have my ideas been brought to life as quickly as in Moscow,” Jan Gehl noted.

“It was a great honor for us to act as a partner in the republishing of Jan Gehl’s book Moscow: Towards a Great City for People. I hope that this will help all of us make this city even better yet,” commented Roman Tkachenko.