The Environment for Living
City and waterfront

The Environment for Living is the all-Russian housing and urban forum, the platform for exchanging ideas between government officials, citizens, developers, Russian and international architects, specialists in the field of urban environment.

The 5th anniversary forum was held on August 25‑26th in Nizhny Novgorod with the main theme being «City and waterfront». Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Mikhail Mishustin attended the event as a keynote speaker.

All-Russian forum “Small towns and historical settlements” took place during the Environment for Living with the support of Ministry of Construction of Russia including award ceremony for the 5th all-Russian competition for projects for creating comfortable urban environment.

All presentation materials are available in Media.


City and Water

The quality of the urban environment, its comfort, safety and activity are strongly associated with rational work with water resources. Rivers and lakes have always been important for cities as transport arteries, sources of fresh water and energy, and recreational spaces. Today, the understanding of the values of reservoirs is becoming more comprehensive. Cities are looking for new ways to interact with water through the creation of sustainable landscapes and green corridors, giving equal rights of water and urban elements. This problem is especially relevant for Russia, as 70% of its cities with 85 million population are located in water bodies, but only 10% of the coastline of these water bodies is available and comfortable. This is a huge challenge and at the same time great potential for development.

The issue requires thoughtful actions in several directions at once: region, city and specific place. Such work should be based on a comprehensive analysis of all aspects of the development of the urban environment, as well as rely on the well-coordinated interaction of residents, specialists, business representatives and authorities. The V Environment for Living Forum is dedicated to organizing such coordination.

The topic of designing urban landscapes with a support of water and green resources will be considered at interstate, regional, urban and local levels. Participants will share their experience in development of coastal zones and will discuss the first results of the implementation of the Law on the Integrated Urban Development. Special attention will be paid to the involvement of private investments into the development of Russian cities.


Vitaly Mutko


Andrei Nikitin

Governor of Novgorod Oblast

Irek Faizullin

Minister of Construction, Housing and Utilities of the Russian Federation

Sergey Kapkov

Head of the Centre for Culture Economy, Urban Development and Creative Industries Research, Faculty of Economics, Lomonosov Moscow State University

Martin Aarts

Former head of Urban planning, Rotterdam (Netherlands)

David Miller

Former Mayor of Toronto, Director of International Diplomacy for C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (Canada)

Guzel Sanzhapova

Social entrepreneur, Founder of the project of territorial development in the village Maly Turysh (Maly Turysh)

Alexey Novikov

President and co-founder of «Habidatum»

Maria Faloleeva

Head of the Central Council of the Ecoproject International Public Association, Ph.D. in Geography

Johannes Tovatt

Former CEO of Tovatt Architects & Planners (Sweden)

Darius Reznek

«Karres en Brands» Partner (Netherlands)


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  • All-Russian Forum of Small Towns and Historic Settlements
    Place: Nizhny Novgorod Fair, Pavilion 1
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    Opening ceremony on the All-Russian Forum of Small Towns and Historic Settlements

    The programme of the All-Russian Forum of Small Towns and Historic Settlements

    Track 1: Town Planning

    Track 2: Green and Water Areas

    Track 3: City Center and Commuter Towns

    Track 4: Housing and Urban Environment: Effective Communication

    The awards ceremony of the all-Russian youth competition in urbanism and media «Urban Intonations»

    Strategic session on implementation of National projects in small towns and historic settlements

  • All-Russian Forum of Small Towns and Historic Settlements
    Place: Corporate University of the Government of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast
  • Presentation of final projects of the all-Russian youth competition in urbanism and media «Urban Intonations» finalists

    Roundtable: Russia-France common project «Water-green urban frame as a base for creating sustainable and smart cities. Small cities»

  • Business programme. Day 1
    Place: FUTURO Gallery of Modern Art Address: 6, Rozhdestvenskaya Street
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    Development of the Coastal Territories: Decisions Overview


    Nature Potential: Water as a Resource for Urban Development

    Case study

    Do It Yourself: the Role of Citizens in the Development of Embankments


    New Practice: the Mechanisms of Implementation of Integrated Urban Development Projects

    Panel Discussion

    New Standard: Education and Career in Urban Development

    Charitable hockey match

    Place: Nagorny Cultural-Entertainment Center, Nizhny Novgorod

    Charitable hockey match

    As part of cultural and entertainment program of the «Habitat for Life» forum, a charity hockey match was held with participation of representatives of Russian Ministry of Construction, heads of Russian regions, JSC DOM.RF, as well as renowned hockey players, cultural and sports figures. All of the raised funds were directed to Nizhny Novgorod Orphanage No. 3.

    Here are the best moments of the match in a small atmospheric video.




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