Landscape Democracy 2015 Working Group C - Case Study 2

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Place name Moscow
Location Moscow
Country Russian Federation
Author(s) Evgeniia Telnykh

Rationale: Why have you chosen this case for the landscape and democracy seminar?

  • The Moscow government has been actively developing electronic urban systems. Moscow is trying to become a "smart" city of the future.
  • The observation reveals some of the online services, which appeared in Russian capital over the past two years. They were created in order to let citizens to influence the decisions that are taken in their city.
  • I tried to find out if it works effectively. Do Moscow citizens actually participate in urban landscape planning? Which tricky issues are there concerning this topic?

Representation of your observations

  • The focus of my talk is ‘online democracy’ instruments used in Moscow. I have chosen the capital of Russian Federation since it has advanced cultural, social and political opinions compared with other Russian cities. Moscow try to follow European trends in variety of matters. One of the most essential issue is challenges in collaborating between Government and Moscow citizens.
  • I am going to brief you on recent opportunities for people participation in urban planning, renovation and landscape constructing. If you live in Moscow, you have number of options to reveal your attitude for major urban problems. We could break this area down into the following fields:
  • Firstly, you are able to take part in interactive service ‘Active Citizen’ where online polls are ran permanently. You can also vote for preferable decision, which provided by Government in online services ‘My Street’ and ‘Folk Parks’. As a result, authorities check the answers and implement the decision, which got the majority of votes.
  • Secondly, if you would like to suggest your own proposal, you might apply to professional community. Regular they conduct crowdsource projects aimed at observing and collecting citizens’ opinions concerning improvement the quality of city life. Thus Institute for Design, Media and Architecture ‘STRELKA’ launched the book consists of 2134 ideas from residents and 84 answers from architects. However, no one was carried out. Generally, it serves as a digest of problems exciting people and the most interesting solutions.
  • Finally, you can make complaints through the official portal of the Moscow Government, for instance.
  • When it comes to effectiveness of these services, there are two points of view:
  • •On the one hand, it is online democracy that let Moscow to strength it’s position among ‘smart’ cities
  • •On the other hand, illusion of choice leads to pseudo participation of people in place making.


What are the major challenges for changing the situation?

  • Pitfalls lie in the bureaucracy and corruption of local Governments. Actually, some opinions remain ignored, but those, which are taken to consideration come true with distortion and dishonesty of officials. Some solutions takes too much budget but don’t have practicability or sustainability.

What could be a starting point for democractically-based change?

  • Please add approx. 150 words for each questions

Stakeholder Mapping

Create a visual representation of the stakeholder groups that are involved in your case. Try to cover the following aspects in your representation: Power (high, medium, low) / Support (positive, neutral, negative)/ Influence (high or low)/ Need (strong, medium, weak)+ also map the relationships between the stakeholder groups

Change Scenario

Look at the various methods and tools available and think how they can be applied creatively. Think about the needs of different stakeholder groups - you may need a methodical mix to address them all. Visualize a scenario illustrating how these methods/tools can be applied within an imagined time frame

Cross cutting theme

Identify a cross-cutting theme/topic between the cases of your group and write a short reflection on it (approx. 150 words)

Concluding reflections

Reflect on your case and your change model. Potentials? Limitations? (approx. 150 words)


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