The 2nd International Urban Forum 'Designing the Future'

20 November – 21 November 2019
Makhachkala, Russia

On November 20 and 21, 2019, the city of Makhachkala (the Republic of Dagestan, Russia), will host the 2nd International Urban Forum 'Designing the Future'.

The Forum is organized by the Republic of Dagestan, the Dagestan Committee for Architecture and Urban Planning, Derbent Urban District, the I Love Derbent Charity Foundation, as well as the Agency for Strategic Development CENTER, which has become its operator and organizing committee. 

The event will be held at 'Russia my history' historical park, (Makhachkala, I. Shamil avenue, 31G). 

The main objective

To introduce the Republic of Dagestan to a unique urban development policy that will both respect the local cultural values and utilize the best practices adopted in Russian and European cities (while ensuring that such practices do not clash with the region’s social and historical context).

Short-term prospects

  • To specify the strategic priorities for the development of cities and territories of the Republic of Dagestan and analyze the growth points and limiting factors;
  • to discuss the vectors of development of region’s cities and territories, as well as prospects for scaling the best projects;
  • to create conditions for dialogue between public authorities, business and society and to increase confidence in the region development strategy being implemented; 
  • to provide young professionals with access to unique architectural and urban expertise.


Long-term prospects

  • To evaluate the main directions for the development of the unique architectural profile of the cities of the Republic of Dagestan;
  • to adopt evaluated algorithms for implementing the development concepts for the territories of the Republic of Dagestan, taking into account the distinguishing characteristics of the urban environment, sociocultural and historical factors, as well as economy management practice;
  • to support improvements in the region’s design process quality and the professional level of designers.

You can register as a participant of the 2nd International Urban Forum 'Designing the Future' on a link.

Main topics of the forum

  1. Drivers for the development of Dagestan territories: principles and opportunities.
  2. Drivers for the development of the Republic of Dagestan cities: new challenges and new answers.
  3. Space organization strategies for the Republic of Dagestan: priorities and development models.
  4. Space organization strategies for cities: institutions of trust and development of social capital.
  5. Architectural strategies as means for human potential development. 


Specifics of the agenda

  • Creation of strategic priorities for the development of cities and territories of the Republic of Dagestan. Analysis of growth points and limiting factors.
  • The forum allows to openly discuss the opportunities and challenges relevant for modern cities in general and the Republic of Dagestan territories in particular. The prospects for their development are considered not only in terms of economics and effective management, but also through the context of person – citizen – the main capital of the 21st century.
  • During discussions and case sessions of the forum, the professional community of Dagestan looks to explore the best practices and experience of territorial development leaders through forming its own approaches to strategic planning and management.


Target audience of the Forum

Representatives of architectural, development, consulting, management companies, field-specific departments and administrative entities, public organizations, media and students of field-specific universities.

Forum participants’ geography

The Republic of Dagestan, the Republic of Ingushetia, the Kabardino-Balkar Republic, the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, the Republic of North Ossetia – Alania, the Stavropol Territory, the Chechen Republic, Moscow, and other regions of the Russian Federation.

The main schedule

20 November
11:00-12:00
Plenary session: 'Sustainable Development of Urban Architecture in an Unsustainable Reality'
12:30-13:30
Round table: 'Profession: Architect. Priorities for the development of cities and territories'
14:30-15:30
Discussion 'City and Territory Master Plan as a Grand Business Deal'
16:00-17:30
Case session 'Master Plan for the City of Derbent. Competition Results'

21 November
11:00-12:00
Discussion 'Infrastructure and Service Improvement: How to Create a Comfortable Urban Public Space'
12:30-13:30
Seminar 'Legal Foundations of Urban Development'
14:30-15:30
Case session for public spaces
16:00-17:00
Forum closing event 'Designing the Future. The Main Vectors of North Caucasus Urban development'

Educational program

20 November
14:30-16:00
Architectural cases and workshops

21 November
11:00-12:30
'Architecture and Culture' workshops
12:30-13:00
'The economics of projects. Urgent market trends. How to make the project effective and successful'
13:00-13:30 
'Architectural stories. DNKag methods and style'
14:30-15:00
'Architecture of Public Educational Spaces' workshop
15:00-16:00
'The ways of Derbent formation and the genesis of its structure's development'