Acting Dean — Mikhail Y. Blinkin
Academic Supervisor — Nadezhda Kosareva
Deputy Dean — Ivan Medvedev
Programme Coordinator of Urban Development and Spatial Planning — Irina Nemgirova
Address: 13, bld 4 Myasnitskaya str., Moscow 101000,
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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 students wrote, ‘Working on the concept we tried, not just to suggest ways to improve Bishkek’s environment but to create conditions so that all the systems in the city can function together harmoniously, based on the principle of steady growth. We feel the important thing to make it possible to transform the mechanisms of a planned-command economy which, to this day, still govern the life of many cities in the FSU, into mechanisms for steady development. Until that work is done, we won’t be able to give a positive answer to the question we ask in our proposal - are post-soviet cities ready for change?
The project was presented at a roundtable at the Students Urban Summit 2015: Understanding the Urban Environment in the Third Glazychev Memorial Readings on 26th February. The project was part of an accompanying exhibition where an open vote awarded it first place.