Urban Forum Kazakhstan

Historic trajectories and current realities
On the 24th of May David Gogishvili will deliver a public lecture "The use of Mega-events in Urban Development: historic trajectories and current realities".

Within the last 150 years, there has been a global increase of substantial, prolonged and spectacular celebrations of human achievements in the arts, sports, and science. These celebrations referred to as mega-events vary in type, size and impact.

Since last several decades, city leaders started to view them not only as a happening but as an opportunity for urban transformation. Mega-events, temporary affairs with permanent and costly outcomes, became a tool for multi-layered processes of urban development.

In his talk David will review the historic changes in the organization of mega-events, discuss their impacts and reasons behind mega-events. Based on different examples, he will debate the significance of mega-events for cities in todays world.

For registration: info@urbanforum.kz

6.30 p.m
Digital Infolab@, BEIBITSHILIK, 8

The event organized in partnership with Goethe-Institut Kasachstan.
David Gogishvili
David Gogishvili is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Lausanne studying urban impacts of mega-events in Almaty and Astana. His PhD dissertation in Urban Studies and Regional Science (Gran Sasso Science Institute, 2017) analyzed the legal and spatial powers of mega-events and their influence on urban policy and practice in Glasgow, Tbilisi and Baku. Currently, he is in Astana as a visiting researcher at the Nazarbayev University.
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