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  • 28.06.2018

    Alexander Puzanov - About the prospects of urbanization in Russia and abroad, and what are the limits of the proces

    The debate about the quality of urban environment remains high on the agenda in Russia and other countries. The Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) interviewed Alexander Puzanov about the challenges faced by a city today, and about which of them can be solved with the help of urban sciences.

    Alexander, could you please tell us about the prospects of urbanization in Russia and abroad, and what are the limits of the process?

    — Urbanization is a process which will evolve whether or not our willingness is present and...

  • 28.06.2018

    Alexander Puzanov - What economic challenges are cities facing today, and which of them are specific to Russia

    The debate about the quality of urban environment remains high on the agenda in Russia and other countries. The Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) interviewed Alexander Puzanov about the challenges faced by a city today, and about which of them can be solved with the help of urban sciences.

    What economic challenges are cities facing today? And which of them are specific to Russia?

    — Throughout their history, cities had been plagued by problems interpreted as the end of an era of cities. It had been expected that cities...

  • 20.06.2018

    Nadezhda Kosareva - About the need for ‘renaissance’ of housing construction cooperatives in Russia

    In Russia the situation with the provision of housing can be substantially improved if a mechanism of housing construction cooperatives (HCC), effectively used in Soviet time, is fully re-established. There, however, exist certain risks which can be eliminated by adjusting legislative regulation, as Russia’s lawmakers assure.

    ... Precisely because unscrupulous developers started to disguise themselves as HCC, while the participation of cooperatives was limited, - argues Nadezhda Kosareva, President (IUE). She suggests turning to the Soviet experience and abandon the...

  • 1.06.2018

    Alexander Puzanov - An agglomeration cannot be ‘artificially’ created

    On May 31- June 1, 2018, the 5th All-Russian Conference “Development of Urban Agglomerations: Innovations and Infrastructure” was held in Novosibirsk. A. Puzanov, IUE Director General, made a presentation entitled “Managing the Development of Agglomerations: Key Areas and a System of Assessment”. 

    A. Puzanov noted that an agglomeration helps enhance the quality of life of the people who live within its boundaries. He emphasized that an agglomeration cannot be ‘artificially’ created. Rather, it is possible only to strengthen the links and encourage the...

  • 19.05.2018

    Tatyana Polidi - The potential of town-planning development in RF at about one billion square meters of housing

    T. Polidi, IUE Executive Director, made a presentation on “Housing and Urban Environment as Assets of Urban Economy” at the first session of the Living Environment Forum hosted by the city of Kaliningrad on May 18-19, 2018.

    “RIA Nedvizhimost (“Real Estate” Russian News Agency)estimates the potential of town-planning development in RF at about one billion square meters of housing,” informed the audience T. Polidi, Executive Director of IUE, at the Living Environment Forum.

    “The prospects for urban development of our metropolitan areas are bright. We...

  • 24.04.2018

    Nadezhda Kosareva - Today we have already approached a new stage of town-planning and housing policies in Russia

    At a panel discussion on 24 April 2018, IUE experts presented a review of international and national practices in urban development regulation for improved housing affordability. 

    N. Kosareva, IUE President, turning to the stages of development of the housing policy in Russia, noted three historic points of reference: a ‘give-away’ privatization of housing, development of housing and mortgage markets, improving the affordability of homeownership. She said that the stages had been linked to the most important priorities of each historic period and had been determined...

  • 24.04.2018

    Tatyana Polidi - It necessary to ensure the access to affordable housing via rental housing

    At a panel discussion on 24 April 2018, IUE experts presented a review of international and national practices in urban development regulation for improved housing affordability. A study by IUE was presented by T. Polidi, IUE Executive Director and Real Estate Market Department Director.

    According to T. Polidi, at the stage of strong economic growth, with annual GDP growth at 7 percent, in Russia during the first decade of the 21st century, the increase in household income, combined with practically unlimited possibilities for developing cities’ fringes...

  • 24.01.2018

    Alexander Puzanov - A surge of interest to the phenomenon of metropolitan areas is currently obvious in Russia

    A surge of interest to the phenomenon of urban agglomerations as complex urban settlement- and socio-economic systems, which require special urban management approaches, is currently obvious in Russia.  This reflects a global trend spawned by a number of reasons, chief among which is the increasing role of major cities and metropolitan areas in modern society. Today, neither a full-fledged analysis of socio-economic processes unfolding in urban areas nor development planning based on the analysis, is any longer confined to the boundaries of certain major cities. Urban agglomeration...

  • 18.01.2017

    Nadezhda Kosareva - About rental housing development in Russia

    In megacities, large cities of the world, occupation of rental dwellings is the most prevalent type of tenure. In Berlin rental dwellings represent 80 percent of the total housing, whereas in Moscow privately-owned properties make up 85 of the total housing. Obviously, these trends are diametrically opposed to each other. And, therefore, the earlier we start to change the aforesaid proportion the sooner we will be able to resolve the problem. In 2016 the IUE made an attempt to reconcile the conceptual developments, we created, with [their} practical implementation. In this regard, [I would...

  • 13.01.2017

    Nadezhda Kosareva - Housing construction: the ‘worst-case’ scenario avoided

    The year 2016 was by no means an easy one for development of real estate market, housing market and housing construction industry. Yet despite poor macroeconomic conditions the housing sector showed its best sustainability capacities.

    Mikhail Men, the head of the Ministry of Construction and HUS of the RF, when reporting at the session of the Public Council (under the aforesaid Ministry) said that about 80 million square meters of floor space were built in 2016. The reduction against the year 2015 was due to lesser contribution of the newly-built individual construction projects...

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