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A City for People

15 July 2011

On 15 July participants of the Ural International Industry and Innovations Exhibition and Forum Innoprom 2011 within the discussion group 'Urban Environment as a Factor for Innovation Development’ came up with a recipe for making a city of the future and comfortable urban environment.

Representatives of large multinational companies, foundations, mass media, and managers of investment projects took part in this discussion. Successful examples of the establishment of creative clusters and the integration of innovation environment into traditional settings were used by the group to outline a vision for the mechanisms optimal for the interconnection of urban planning and investment policies. Participants discussed the role of local communities in shaping the urban environment renovation strategies and factors of sustainable development of creative economy territories. Comfortable urban environment is one of the most important factors of innovation development. It is here where innovations are created and consumed today. Each city and town must have a strategic development plan in which a specific mention of ways to attract creative, highly motivated people and setting up the capacities for realisation of their talents. Russia's wealth is in intellectual recourses and Ekaterinburg has a huge potential for developments in all industries. Professor Acebillo is certain that “in the future Ekaterinburg will be a huge logistics centre important for Eurasia as a whole”.

The idea that Russian cities and towns should be oriented more toward people’s interests became the general topic of this discussion.

Experts agreed that for the successful development of a new comfortable urban environment a particular attention must be paid to infrastructure, education, investments, and energy saving

According to Professor Josep Acebillo, CEO of Barcelona Regional (Metropolitan Development Agency), and a Partner Architect of AuS Architecture and Urban Systems (Switzerland)


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