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,
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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We are starting the new year by releasing a new issue of our journal called ‘The Art of Geographical Description in Urban Science’. It analyses the connection between urban studies and socio-economic geography and how the city can be explored through field studies. The results of field observations and the skills of geographical description are an integral part of the professional toolkit of urban planners and urban researchers, and it is indeed the field work that communicates the diversity and integrity of urban space and urban environment.
‘The Art of Geographical Description in Urban Science’ is a tribute to the memory of Leonid Smirnyagin (1935-2016), a professor of Lomonosov Moscow State University and HSE Graduate School of Urbanism. Dr Smirnyagin was a passionate geographer and expert in American urbanism whose contribution to the development of urban studies in Russia has been invaluable. He encouraged urban field research at the MSU Faculty of Geography and nurtured several generations of urban geographers in Russia. The present issue includes the articles of his disciples and followers along with the description of his research methods.
Vol. 2 · #2 · 2017 can be purchased in the bookshop of the Higher School of Economics (БукВышка).