Археология периферии: шесть лет спустя
In December 2013, the comprehensive research on the outskirts of Moscow was presented at MUF
(Moscow Urban Forum) – Archeology of the periphery. It included six areas: society, politics,
architecture, culture, economics, data. Research teams noted the significant potential of the peripheral
parts of the city, which are still in mode of "sleeping" centers. Nevertheless, these territories remained
only urban parts, but not city-forming. One of the criticisms of this project was the insufficient disclosure
of the relationship between the center and the periphery, which, perhaps, would shed light on the
reasons for the poor realization of the potential of the peripheral territories.
Six years have passed. Moscow is booming. For three years now, the MCC (Moscow Central Cirсle) has
been functioning, which completely lies on the territory of the periphery. It is announced the
introduction of a new large-scale transport infrastructure - the MCD (Moscow Central Diameters), which
will spread outside Moscow. The city is experiencing the opening of new metro lines, several
improvement projects (My Street, My District) and the active phase of Renovation. It makes sense to
recall the old results and conclusions in order to evaluate the development vector that has formed since
the publication of “Archeology of the periphery”. To do this, we decided to talk with the authors of the
research in order to comprehend those changes taking place in Moscow, which is trying to find a
balance between the center and the periphery.
In total, we managed to collect eight interviews with experts who were responsible for various research
areas. As a result, we discussed where Moscow ends, what can be called as Moscow periphery, should
we wait for the next administrative expansion of the city, how did the accession of New Moscow affect
the development of the whole city, will “My District” project be able to form a polycentric urban
environment, what are the prospects of the Moscow Renovation, what role the MKAD plays in modern
Moscow, how the three-year period of the MCC functioning in the peripheral territories affected, what
to expect from the launch of the MDC, and what could be “Archeology of the periphery 2.0” about.