“IGNORE THE CITY ADMINISTRATION AND JUST DO WHAT IS NECESSARY”

25.12.2012, 12:05
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Alper Çuğun is member of the board of Hack the Government foundation where he helped to shape Open Data policy in the Netherlands. He participated in Moscow Urban Forum as a speaker of Open Data and the General Agenda session. In his interview he talks about the future of city management and how to make a local initiative into a successful project.

— The authorities’ activity in Russia is traditionally closed to the citizens. How can we break this tradition? What are the methods of work with such clumsy structures as city administration?

— The method we used with our city administration — and believe it or not they were probably as clumsy as yours — is to ignore them and just do the things that we felt were necessary. It is easier to ask forgiveness than permission. We started out as a voluntary and very much fringe initiative without clear goals or outcomes but with a clear idea of an ideal future. This approach of ‘whoever comes is the right people’ created a broad network of interested actors who took the core ideals of a better and more open government and ran with them into all kind of directions. From there on we continued tirelessly to talk with whoever would listen and kept pushing and advocating for this change to be implemented in and outside of government. Here and there we reaped some small successes which snowballed into larger successes and finally we managed to organize a couple of all out events (like Apps for Amsterdam) that put this cause on the map for once and for all. So with any civic tradition: start with what works for you and build from there and at some point you will have created a new reality where it will be in the best interest of any administration to get on board of.

SIMON ANHOLT: CITY REPUTATION DOESN’T COME BY CREATIVE IDEAS OR COMMUNICATIONS

19.12.2012, 11:55
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Simon Anholt is an independent policy advisor from UK, author of the best-selling book “Brand America”, speaker of the Moscow Urban Forum opening plenary session “The Individual’s Place in the City and Global Economy”. “Strelka” asked him about national branding and the image of Moscow him prior to his arrival in Moscow. Below is the full version of the interview, which was posted in short to the Forum’s social networks.

The Public, Publicity, and Protest in Putin’s Russia

13.12.2012, 14:32
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Strelka Press, as you know, publishes in English and Russian. And now we have four new Russian titles to add to our list. Our aim is to both promote English-language authors by making them accessible to a Russian audience, and to make Russian texts available in English. For the moment, the most recent Russian-language titles remain untranslated. However, with this bilingual objective in mind, we thought we would at least provide an edited translation of some of the blog posts that appeared recently on our Russian-language blog, as a means of introducing the authors, their work, and making the scope of Strelka Press more transparent.

PIERRE LACONTE: MORE ROADS GENERATE MORE CONGESTION

13.12.2012, 11:57
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Pierre Laconte, President of Foundation for the Urban Environment, Past-president of ISOCARP and Honorary Secretary General of International Association of Public Transport (Belgium) was invited to speak at Moscow Urban Forum. An interview with him was taken by Strelka prior to his arrival in Moscow and posted to Forum’s social networks. In the full version of the interview he speaks about Moscow Metro development plan and compares Moscow transport strategy to international examples of Beijing, Zurich, Paris and Shanghai.

COMPETITION FOR THE MUSEUM AND EDUCATIONAL CENTRE OF THE POLYTECHNIC MUSEUM AND MOSCOW STATE UNIVERSITY

11.12.2012, 11:14

International competition of Architectural Concepts for the Museum and Educational Centre of the Polytechnic Museum and Moscow State Lomonosov University is part of the project for Polytechnic Museum modernization started in 2010. Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design is the competition consultant.