|The Moscow Urban Forum events are extremely well organized, and documented. I was told after my presentation that it will soon be on-line. (I wish I had been told this before I spoke!)|
As you will see from the on-line program, I was invited to participate on three panels which looked at how Rostov might benefit from being one of the hosts for FIFA 2018, being held in a number of major Russian cities.
|While I don't speak Russian, I was provided with simultaneous translation throughout the event, and so were those delegates who didn't speak English, but still wanted to listen to me!|
Now I know what you are thinking. Of all the people in Vancouver, why would I be invited all the way to Rostov to talk about Vancouver's experiences!
My involvement with Strelka and the Moscow Urban Forum dates back a couple of years when I was invited to be a judge for the Moscow International Financial Centre competition. http://mfc-city.com/
Since then, I have participated as a judge for a competition in Kazan, and spoken at the Moscow Urban Forum event St. Petersburg last fall.
I summarized some of my experiences during these trips and other earlier visits to Russia in a February 2016 talk at SFU titled https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhqbMCzyKls
At the conference I met Alexei Polyansky, Chief Architect and Deputy Minister of Construction, Architecture and Territorial Development of Rostov Region and his brilliant son, who both informed and entertained me during my stay.
|The School of Architecture was housed in a renovated building, and very attractive space|
|The two young ladies chatting to one another in the front row, invited me to tour the city and region following my talk. Thanks Raisa and Victoria!|
|Thanks Elena Kavkazova and everyone else who made my trip to Rostov-on-Don so special|