Living Environment

All About Housing


18TH MAY 2018

MAY 18–19


All About Housing

What defines quality and affordable housing? In which houses do citizens want to live and what principles might improve housing conditions? What is the current living environment in the city and how will it change in the future?

Renowned experts, leading architects, developers, businessmen and government officials will gather at the Living Environment: All About Housing Forum on May 18–19, 2018, in Kaliningrad, to answer these questions and define trends in the development of housing stock. The Forum will show locals the potential of their city and allow them to widely participate in its changing.


Kaliningrad is a unique Russian city with its distinguishable architecture, urban environment and geographic location.

The Living Environment: All About Housing Forum is bound to give impetus to the further development to make this beautiful city even better. Kaliningrad is meant to be a landmark of the Russian Federation.

Kaliningrad region is the westernmost part of Russia. Since the early 20th century the region has been popular for its resorts nationwide, as well as in European countries. Cultural, health and wellness and eco-tourism attract many visitors annually.



Opinions: International Architects Who Seek to Transform Russian Housing

Strelka Magazine spoke to international architects, finalists of the Open International Competition for Standard Housing and Residential Development Concept Design.

Strelka Institute/Gleb Leonov

The winners of the competition will be announced on May 18 at the Living Environment Forum in Kaliningrad. In Moscow the architects met with Russia’s First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, also chairman of the competition jury. They also toured residential neighborhoods in Moscow to experience Russian mass housing developments.

Paulo Pontes of PPA Arquitetura in Brazil believes that first and foremost, special attention must be paid “to the context in which we are working, and respect must be given to the people who will live there. A lot of people will be living in social housing, but each person is different and you have to keep that in mind.”

Read more about the challenges that face the architects from nine countries whose designs may change living conditions across the country:

Living Environment: All About Housing Forum is organized by the Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities of the Russian Federation and DOM.RF together with the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of Kaliningrad Region. Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design is the Forum Program Directorate.