The first Urban Links Africa accelerator cohort funded by Innovate UK, the UK government’s innovation agency, and run by Connected Places Catapult, the UK’s national centre of excellence for urban innovation.
The formation of a locality’s identity via urban planning is a long-term process. Development takes decades, if not centuries, even when it comes to systematically renovating a city’s districts. The aesthetic style and spatial characteristics of buildings change slowly. The emergence of new, iconic pieces of architecture is also an infrequent occurrence. How can one embark upon the establishment or discovery of a city’s identity in real time, in the short term?
Novaya has created an Infrastructure Accessibility Tool (IAT)© to help cities evaluate the sufficiency and convenience of city infrastructure and yield a transparent and data-driven approach to urban development. To run IAT© we digitise and process data on the city’s housing, social, commercial and transportation infrastructure, and utilities.
On 19 November 2019, the NOVAYA consortium won the two-stage Open International Competition for the Development of a Master Plan for the Derbent Urban District. Under the leadership of NOVAYA (Russia/UK), the multidisciplinary team consisted of Mae Architects (UK), APRELarchitects (Russia), Groupe Huit (France), West 8 (Netherlands), and the Higher School of Economics (Russia). Based on the guiding principle of a “vibrant city”, the project includes a development concept for Derbent’s 12-kilometre embankment and a detailed plan for initial construction along a 2.5-kilometre priority section
Did you know that cities have to follow more than 150 different KPIs to meet global and national goals? At the Urban and Reginal Development Forum in the city of Perm, Yuriy Milevskiy had an opportunity to discuss these in relation to adopted planning documents and local challenges that cities face.
The study “The Age of agglomerations” provides a fresh perspective on governance practices and strategic planning in global metropolitan areas (agglomerations). The research covers such megacities as London, Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, New York, Moscow and Buenos Aires. All of them face unique development challenges within complex social and political frameworks while they are comparable in terms of population.
In 2017, NOVAYA organised the International competition to create a masterplan for Sochi post-Olympic development «Imeretinka 2.0». Four international architectural and planning consortia were chosen out of more than sixty applicant teams. MAXWAN, MASA architects and Reserve became the winners with their “walkable city” concept. It is built around a closed pedestrian loop allowing the development of thriving and dense urban spaces similar to those in Southern European resorts.
Around 10% of Moscow residents currently live in houses built during the mass construction era of 1950-1960s. While the flats in these 5-storey blocks made a great difference for those who had relocated from shared multifamily accommodation, they no longer meet the demands of the 21 century Muscovites. Physical ageing of the buildings, tiny kitchens, lack of elevators and proper soundproofing call forimmediate action to improve living conditions of over a million residents. In 2017 the Mayor of