Urban Development Forum Sofia 2018

Sofia is growing and keeps developing. The growing population and the increased economic activity, saturation, and opportunities that the city provides are evidence of dynamic urbanization. The development of new zones and the regeneration of existing ones, the construction of large-scale building and infrastructure projects is not the goal in itself - it is a natural response to the needs of residents, workers, and people passing through the city and they are increasingly complex. The municipality needs a good partner in the private sector to provide solutions to these needs through sustainable and well-planned investments in buildings and infrastructure that will provide favorable living and working conditions and add value to the urban environment.
 
Urban Development Forum Sofia 2018, organized by The City Media Group, will provide a platform for the city leaders, the representatives of Sofia Municipality and the leading investors, designers, builders, experts and other participants in large-scale public and private projects that (will) shape the city's outlook aiming at analyzing and summarizing good models and practices in the management of processes related to the development of new urban areas, the realization of large-scale investment projects and the creation of a vibrant and functional urban environment.
 
Main highlights of the upcoming edition will be:
 
NEW AREAS OF DEVELOPMENT IN SOFIA:
 
-Zone (Re)generation - which areas attract investment interest and why?
-Large-scale building and infrastructure projects as a driving force of potential for the territories in which they are located - case studies.
-How can the northern part of Sofia attract investment interest and unlock its potential?
-Models for successful integration between the municipality and private investors - how to plan, finance and build the transport, engineering and social infrastructure needed for the operation of the zones and projects?
-Managing and administering the process of planning, design, construction, and operation of structurally identifiable investment projects for the city.
 
THE FUTURE OF FORMER INDUSTRIAL ZONES:
 
-Key note presentation: Brownfield Regeneration - models and good practices in the restructuring and functional redevelopment of former industrial areas and areas with neglected need and fuctionality
-What is the vision of Sofia Municipality for the development of former production areas and areas with neglected need and fuctionality in Sofia - general situation and potential?
-What are the future plans and the challenges in the development of region Hladilnika - Vitosha?
-What about the planned public investments in the area? What social infrastructure does the area need in order to develop sustainably? What is the policy of Sofia Municipality for collaboration between state and municipal terrains to provide social infrastructure (schools, kindergartens, etc.)? Opportunities and policies for public-private partnerships.
-What is the plan for the transport-communication solutions and the security of the  Hladilnika region?
-When does a brownfield terrain acquire market value and potential for future development?
-Mono or multifunctional zones - advantages and challenges. How does the mix of functions influence the market development of the projects in the zones?
-Which are the successful models for integration of large-scale investment projects into an existing area?
 
URBAN ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC SPACES. FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS FOR URBAN DEVELOPMENT:
 
-Public spaces as a factor for generating a quality urban environment: How to create vibrant, functional and sustainable urban areas? 
-What is the functional mix that creates a destination, enlivens and socializes the public space?
-What is the role of the private sector in the creation of new urban areas? Models for public-private partnerships as a driving force for the development of the areas.
-What is the current situation and what is going to happen with the new urban areas of Sofia?
-Models for financing urban development projects.
 
URBAN TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE: THE LARGE PROJECTS OF SOFIA 2018-2019. DEVELOPMENT OF SOFIA METRO:
 
-What are the factors and challenges in the area of transport and communications?
-What traffic analysis do the different zones require, depending on their functionality?
-Sofia's new infrastructure projects as a solution to the city's transport and communication challenges and as a factor for the development of new urban areas. Why is it important to use innovative, intelligent and environmentally friendly solutions?
- Sofia Metro as an indisputable factor for urban development and for generating potential and investment interest to the areas that it serves.
-What are the challenges in implementing the current metro extension, part of Line 3 of the Metro? What are the plans for the new extensions?
 
 

 

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