The Laboratory of Urban Planning' audio project


The Laboratory of Urban Planning' audio project
The Laboratory of Urban Planning presents the audio space #НекогдаЧитать ("Don't have time to read"). We conceived it as a place of contact with contemporary scholarly texts, for which it can be difficult to set aside the necessary time to read. #НекогдаЧитать is a local audio space for professional development, broadening your horizons, and searching for new ideas.

We selected leading dissertations of the last decades, talked to their authors, ordered professional dubbing: and here is the result — the main concepts that are the strength of today's Russian science in a comfortable audio-format.

In moments of chaos and confusion, we all need a solid foundation. You may have something better, but we prefer the good texts of the coolest Russian scientists. They teach us to look deeper, to be brighter, to think bolder. Because good real science is always about the ability to overcome a crisis, the serenity to accept the unchangeable, and the courage to preserve the values we serve.

We make #НекогдаЧитать first and foremost, a space for ourselves. But it's open to all comers. Come in, listen, argue. And write even better. We'll hear from you later, too.

Yuri Mikhailovich Moiseev, Moscow, 2017 (abridged)

"Uncertainty thresholds in the system of urban planning" (Doctor of Architecture dissertation abstract)

The doctoral dissertation of the famous Moscow scientist, professor of MARKhI Yuri Mikhailovich Moiseev in our opinion introduced several advanced ideas into the scientific community of the Russian science of urban planning, among the most significant innovations we would note:

    1. Consolidation of the concepts of "uncertainty" and "capacity" in the context of urban planning; up to this point, urban planning was implied in the role of the eliminator of uncertainty in the development of the city; Yuri Mikhailovich does not simply doubt the validity of maintaining the tradition of placing responsibility on the urban planner up to the hope for complete order in the city by his efforts. He openly asserts the impossibility of eliminating uncertainty completely. It is stated: uncertainty is the norm and reality of the modern city.
    2. Rethinking the content of the concept of the "right to the city" in relation to urban planning processes; it discusses the right to not just something that already exists in the city, it is also the right to turn the city into something more perfect. Making this concept dynamic introduces it into the system of urban planning values: the "communicative role" of urban planning is discussed. The right to the city turns into the right to understand, develop the city and inhabit it with its own meanings.
    3. The inner essence of urban planning appears in this work as an extended, complex process based on a multitude of decisions. Decisive and courageous urban planners remain in the past, in front of us - a professional doubting and highly sensitive, who is aware of the imperfect practice of urban decision-making and looks at the urban planning "as a process of limiting the future or excluding the possibilities to choose better solutions.

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