Updated: Jan 3, 2020
If you think of Moscow, you don't necessarily think of a green city. A CARYZMA team visited Moscow with the Green Building Council member, Guy Eames, to meet with local officials, green activists and building developers.
Image by Frank Suffert (of Anna van de Poel)
Moscow is Russia's capital and most populous city, with about 15.1 million people in urban areas, 17 million in urban areas, and 20 million in the urban area. Moscow is Russia and Eastern Europe's major political, economic, cultural and scientific hub, as well as the largest (by area) city on the European continent. By greater measures, Moscow is one of the largest cities in the world, making it the 14th largest metro area, the 18th largest agglomeration, the 14th largest urban region, and the 11th largest population within city boundaries in the world. Moscow is one of the 10 most expensive cities in the world and has one of the largest urban economies in the world, ranked as an alpha global city, and is also one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the world according to the MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index.
The city is crossed by wide, multilane highways, pollution and cars everywhere. But that is going to change.
Image of Moscow traffic by Alexander Popov (Unsplash)
According to Mosow City Council member and head of The Botanic Gardens of Moscow State University THE APOTHECARIES' GARDEN, "in the not too distant future, most of the traffic will be underground, and all the highways will be turned into green parks with wide cycle lanes." To prepare for much greener cities the botanical gardens already plants and test trees that grow well in an urban environment.
Green buildings will produce more energy than they consume and most of the commute can be made by high-speed hyperloop rail which can zip you into the city even over greater distances in a short time with speeds of close to the speed of sound and very little energy use.
Vertical farms, plant that grow on vertical conveyor belts inside skyscrapers will supply organic vegetables without the need for pesticides and very efficient water use. Community gardens and urban farms will provide more local and seasonal foods and create greater biodiversity within the cities.
Although Moscow lags behind other major cities in waste separation. There is a growing awareness among officials and citizens and the problem is being addressed. (see our post "Russians against waste" by Russian native Maria Stambler)
If that sounds like a utopia, just imagine what it would be like to live in a such a city. Only if you can dream it, you can build it. If enough people dream it, they WILL build it.
©2019 Carzyma, Video filmed by Frank Suffert and edited by Arthur Keir