Students’ Research Projects: Megacity

18.04.2012, 16:16
posted in

We continue to post short descriptions of the students’ projects. Next up is Megacity, curated by Reinier de Graaf.

Fillipo Bazzoni

«The peculiar morphology of Moscow prevents the process of land division and privatization. As a result, many areas are abandoned both from the public sector, because it doesn’t have enough resource to intervene, and from the private sector, because it’s not profitable to invest in those areas. The ongoing rise of the third sector in Moscow, which is the object of my research, suggests that the civic society could address the problem and find adequate solutions for a massive and widespread regeneration of the Moscow public realm.»

Dace Gurecka

«In my project, I am theorizing the political future of large cities, such as Moscow. The first part of my research is focused on identifying a political trend or pattern of today’s Moscow. Further on, the project will focus on finding a new governance «typology» for the megacity in a centralized state.»

Lam Le-Nguyen

«The research concerns the size and nature of informal economy and its importance in the Moscow context. How can we utilize it in a positive way, not through formalization, but by encouraging the positive nature and suppressing the negative via recognizing its potential?»

Roman Kuchukov

«Today we see that Moscow, a monocentric city, is not capable to compete with other global cities. The latest decision to expand the borders of the Russian capital is quite political. As the same time, Moscow as a megacity includes dozens of neighbour cities from the Moscow region that are physically and economically merged with capital. The interests of the global economy and society demand different approaches to the megacity. The periphery has more development potential than the centre.  In my research, I am trying to define new urbanization patterns that may result from Moscow’s growth.»