Aide to the President of the Republic of Tatarstan
Kevin J. Halpenny,
Chair, World Urban Parks Europe Committee
“On behalf of the World Urban Parks and Republic of Tatarstan, we are delighted to invite you to this year’s World Congress in Kazan, Tatarstan from the 18th October 2019.
The Congress Committee has prepared an exciting and diverse programme of lectures and technical visits. We hope you will be able to participate in this very special event and we look forward to welcoming you there”.
After a successful World Urban Parks Partner Congress in Melbourne, Australia in 2018, we are excited to keep the international urban parks momentum going in Kazan.
Kazan is a Russian city and the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan. Geographically, Kazan is a crossroads for major trade routes, uniting Europe and Asia. It’s a junction of civilizations and a meeting point for two cultures — East and West.
Since 2016 the Institute for Urban Development of the Republic of Tatarstan has been implementing a Program for the Development of Public Spaces, as a part of which more than 300 parks, embankments, pedestrian streets, public gardens and squares in all municipal districts of the region were improved.
The Institute for Urban Development of the Republic of Tatarstan drives the implementation of programs for the redevelopment of public spaces, design and architectural supervision of facilities while implementing government programs for shaping a contemporary urban environment in the Republic of Tatarstan. Furthermore it also drives the implementation of cooperative design practices, arrangement of urban cultural events, education seminars, architectural awards and exhibitions.
Urban policy is focused on organizing large-scale events. Each event generates fresh thinking and builds on existing expertise whilst also ensuring a valuable legacy: from the regeneration of urban areas to the development of tourist infrastructure. Kazan is a growing, dynamic city with significant opportunities for improved liveability, and the city has already been placed in the top 10 most sustainably developed cities in the Russian Federation.
The principles of sustainable development are reflected in Kazan’s long-term development strategies — from transport, housing and energy- saving technologies to the support of park, cultural and social programs.
The Key Themes to the upcoming Congress:
Development of public places for people.
Community leadership for liveable cities.
Sustainability and management for healthy cities.
Smart city technologies for urban environment and public spaces.
Designing cities for nature.
Principal, KEN SMITH WORKSHOP, United States
Dr Kiat W. Tan
Former CEO, Corporate Advisor, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Founder, Creative Cities
Partner, Gustafson Porter + Bowman, United Kingdom
Landscape architect and urbanist, co-founder and chairman, AGENCE TER, France
Founder 8 80 СITIES, Ambassador World Urban Parks