The International Spatial Development Forum is a platform for exchanging of knowledge and experience on the most topical urban issues.

The Forum aims to find new effective ideas of sustainable urban development in the light of the present global challenges. ISDF attracts international and Russian participants, including government and business leaders, as well as representatives of academia from various sectors of urban planning, development and management.

Development strategy

The urgent goal of The St. Petersburg development strategy is to make St.Petersburg a world city. The city that will be attractive for the international community and, first of all, for representatives of the creative class.

St. Petersburg is the largest northern city in the World and the fourth among the most populated European cities. Due to its special position, St.Petersburg is positioned as the Second Capital of Russia, as a separate federal subject of the Russian Federation and as a Center of St. Petersburg agglomeration determined the urban development of the vast area in the Baltic Sea region.

Goals and objectives

  1. Synergetic effect

    Consolidation of city managers, business and expert community to form a vision of the future of urban agglomerations;

  2. Independent expert assessment

    Setting of goals and objectives of urban agglomerations special development; Evaluation of urban development scenarios with the participation of experienced world experts;

  3. Creation of the investment-attractive projects

    Acquisition of necessary knowledge to create projects with a high investment potential;

  4. Citizens support

    Enhancement of the citizens role in decision-making processes concerning urban areas development;Understanding of the guidelines and directions of social-economic and spatial development by local people and communities.

The International Spatial Development Forum participants – top-speakers: mayors and city managers, world experts in the field of urban development, developers, investors, representatives of consulting business, technological and engineering companies, representatives of world-leading research laboratories, representatives of the government agencies as well as active and motivated citizens.

Dmitry Yalov

Dmitry Yalov

Vice-Chairman of the Government of Leningrad Oblast on Economy and Investments

Coordinated development of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region within the agglomeration is a complex and multidimensional issue. A few years ago in the relationship of two subjects there were unresolvable problems: competition for investment and labor force, the disparities in socio-economic development of territories of the city and the region, problems of ecological and recreational character, the lack of integrated approaches to housing development on the borders of two subjects. The Coordination Council of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region in the sphere of socio-economic development is the first and most important step in coordinated cooperation of two subjects. It was established in 2012. Constructive public dialogue between the city and the region is not a plan it is an objective reality. And the International Spatial Development Forum: "Harmony of diversity" is an example of such dialogue. The current socio-economic situation requires to extend the existing forms of collaboration and additional co-decision instruments. The active position of experts and the public of the city and the region, including participation in such events, would effectively implement the proposed initiatives and solutions with good prospects for both actors.

Andreas Trisko

Andreas Trisko

Head of the Urban Development and Planning Department,,Head of Municipal Department 18, City of. Vienna

In my opinion, the most interesting point of the Forum was the opportunity to make sure once again that big cities all over the world have the similar problems and also the same strategies for finding solutions to these problems. In my opinion "... important issues for the future development of St. Petersburg are:
1. Traffic and public spaces. You do really have traffic jams, which I haven’t faced in Vienna for a while. Our solution is more pedestrians, cyclists, and public transport. This solution also involves rethinking of arrangements of streets and public spaces.
2. You as a growing city can also check to see whether the reconstruction of the gray zone in the city center more efficient (or, at least, an additional) way to solve the problems of growth - in relation to the construction of satellite towns"

Elena Ulyanova

Elena Ulyanova

The Chairman of the Committee on Economic Policy and Strategic Planning of St. Petersburg

The Strategy-2030 was adopted last year. It implies the achievement of harmony in the distribution of territorial, labor, social and other resources.

In my opinion, the name of "Harmony of diversity» is quite consistent with the changes that are now outlined in the planning system of the urban development. Transition to a polycentric model involves the alignment, bringing harmony to the living conditions and quality of life in urban areas. Now St. Petersburg is in the beginning of a way from monocentrism to polycentrism. Therefore, the Forum is interesting as a platform for exchanging of experience and elaborating new ideas for it` s development. The Forum had started a constructive dialogue with the public, experts, and University Community on the issues of the harmonious urban development. That there was a need for the Forum is a testament to the burning necessity to improve the system for managing of urban development, and we expect that the results having obtained from the Forum will work towards developing of concrete measures concerning the comprehensive and coordinated development of the Northern capital.

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