Discussion: Urban Health. A City through the New Optics


From 7 November 2019




Garage Education Center
Discussion: Urban Health. A City through the New OpticsDiscussion: Urban Health. A City through the New Optics


The second meeting within the Time for the Future cycle of discussions co-organized by Ingosstrakh and Garage will focus on contemporary urban life, and in particular on that which defines the quality of the city’s habitat today and what needs to be done by urban thinkers in the future. The conversation will analyze factors affecting the physical and mental condition of people living in large cities, and how smart urban planning, technology, and the media can create an environment promoting an active and healthy way of living.

With the share of the world’s urban population having increased to 55% and expected to continue to grow, according to all forecasts, in Russia, almost three quarters of the population live in cities today, explaining the current boost of interest toward urban studies. What are the distinctive marks of a twenty-first-century city dweller? Which cities suit a contemporary individual? And how do the notions of comfort, safety and environment allowing for an active and happy life evolve today?

The “urban health” approach offers a novel look at the development of contemporary cities, which takes into account how urban environment, designated by local architecture, social programs and information networks, affects the physical and psychic health of people and their lifestyle.

This new approach suggests the building of an anthropocentric urban planning model which prioritizes the quality of people’s living as its main criteria. Along with project design work aimed at the development of public spaces and infrastructure, Urban Health implies the coordination of administration, businesses, service industries, and mass media that will enable the creation of an environment supporting an active and healthy lifestyle at any age. The question is how it can be implemented in real-life practice.

The speakers will exchange ideas about changes that should be integrated in urban planning in order to alter and affect our everyday private planning. In other words, the participants will discuss how to replace the reactive type of management within the service industry with the proactive model that will instigate society to reconsider the mental map of the city and urban mobility schemes, along with activating a program of care of themselves and the environment. Since only a city with a successful experience of creating safe and comfortable living conditions can become a place where people feel happy.



Daniil Proskurin is Marketing Director at Ingosstrakh. An avid supporter of analytical marketing and a guru of branding, communications, product management, and clients’ strategy building. Daniil’s current projects include the development of a novel and unique client experience in the insurance industry field and the launch of an eco-system of personalized intercommunication with the client, which takes into account their needs, interests, habits, and lifestyle. Daniil defines his main professional goal as “making the life of people more comfortable and convenient, allowing everyone to devote more time to the activities they
enjoy most.”


Anton Kalgaev is a cultural scholar and independent curator of research, publishing and exhibition projects. Curator of the public program at Strelka Institute in 2013, co-curator of the show Fair Enough. An Expo of Ideas in the Russian Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition (Venice, 2014). Editor-in-chief of the book Epokha aglomeratsij. Gorodskaya ekonomika, prostranstvo i politika v novom masshtabe (The Era of Agglomeration. Urban Economy, Space and Politics in a New Scale, 2018).



Nikita Rumyantsev is Director of the Analytical Center at ANO Moscow Urban Forum. In 2014–2015, he was a researcher at KB Strelka; in 2015–2018, Head of Analytical Department at UK Sputnik. Science advisor for the books Stimuly, paradoksy, provably. Gorod glazami ekonomistov (Impetuses, Paradoxes and Fails. A City through the Eyes of Economists, 2015) and Gorozhanin: chto my znaem o zhitele bolshogo goroda? (A Citi Dweller: What do We Know about the Citizen of a Big City?, 2016).



Kirill Puzanov is a scientific supervisor of the education program Prototyping Future Cities, Head of the Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Urban and Regional Development at the Higher School of Economics.




Vasily Klucharev is Scientific Supervisor of the educational program Cognitive Sciences and Technologies: From Neuron to Cognition at the Higher School of Economics.   




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