Acting Dean — Mikhail Y. Blinkin
Deputy Dean — Vera Leonova
Address: 13, bld 4 Myasnitskaya str., Moscow 101000,
Phone: +7 (495) 772-95-90 ext. 12-605, 12-610
Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism is an independent learning and research division of the National Research University Higher School of Economics. Founded in 2011, the School takes a multidisciplinary approach towards studying and planning modern cities, using the excellent foundation that one of Russia’s top universities has formed in the humanities and socioeconomics. The School’s mission is to create a centre in Russia for learning and research in urban studies and urban planning. It is envisioned that this centre will respond to the needs of the 21st century city and the corresponding era of megacities that are home to tens of millions of people with diverse interests and aspirations. These are cities where sources of information grow and the space for civil, creative, and economic opportunities expands. From 2016 the School is officially named in honor of its first dean and one of the founders — Alexander Vysokovsky (1948-2014).
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The aim of the competition is to promote discussion and research about the city to come in relation with the development of flying technologies that will transform our living environment in the near future. The contest will take place from 29 May to 16 October 2017 and it is part of the launching program for the new master’s program of the Graduate School of Urbanism Prototyping future cities: city and technology. The results of the contest will be announced on 7 November 2017.
The competition is open to architects, engineers, planners, designers and students and experts from any discipline who want to contribute to progress in making the world more habitable by developing ideas that could change the way we design, build and live in cities.
The competition program challenges participants to design a project related to the future of cities when flying technologies are widespread. Humanity is trying to achieve new heights and transform the air into the new ground. Even though people already know how to fly, how will the world change when flying devices are everywhere? Who would be new pedestrians in a city of self-driving vehicles and how will social life be changed? What will happen when a window of a house becomes a door to your flying car? There are a lot of scenarios presented in books and the movies about future of cities, but a future like this is coming soon. Participants will be free to decide on the subject, scale and location of the project. Proposals could answer (but are not limited to) the following questions:
Participants can develop a project for a new city, new building, new device, new social platform or a mix of all of the above. We are looking for the best proposals with ideas for the world to come (in the not too distant future), where flying technologies will change the way we work, live and play in the city.
* The award is a collaboration between GSU and private sponsors. Euro value is subject to the exchange rate on the day of payment of the award. First prize consists of RUR 60,000 paid by GSU and RUR 120,000 paid by private sponsors, second prize consists of RUR 45,000 paid by GSU and RUR 75,000 paid by private sponsors, third prize consists of RUR 30,000 paid by GSU and RUR 30,000 paid by private sponsors.
The selected Project will be presented in Moscow in an exhibition and conference in Spring 2018