Forum
Environment for Living
August 25‑26, 2021, Nizhny Novgorod

The quality of the urban environment, its comfort, safety, and activity are unthinkable without the rational use of water resources. Rivers and lakes have always been important for cities as transportation ways, sources of fresh water and energy, and their shores have always been recreational spaces for citizens. Today the understanding of the value of water resources is becoming more and more complex. Cities are looking for new ways to interact with water resources through the creation of sustainable landscapes and green corridors, giving equal rights to the water and urban elements. This problematic is especially urgent for Russia, as 70% of cities in the country with 85 million citizens are located near rivers, lakes or seas, but only 10% of the shoreline of these water areas are accessible and reconstructed as leisure areas. This is a huge challenge and at the same time a huge potential for development.

The topic requires thoughtful action at different levels at once: the region, the city, and the specific place. Such work should be based on the complex analysis of all aspects of urban development and on the cooperation between citizens, experts, representatives of business, and authorities. The V Environment for Living Forum will be dedicated to the best practices in this process.

The design of urban landscapes based on water and green resources will be considered at the state, regional, city and district levels. The participants will share the experience in developing the coastal zones and discuss the first results of implementing the law on integrated urban development. Special attention will be paid to attracting private investments in the development of Russian cities.

The anniversary V Forum will be different from the previous ones. The past events were dedicated to the principles, goals and tasks of strategic planning of the urban environment. In 2021, the Environment for Living Forum will be more focused on the practice, mechanisms and tools of real changes. It will bring together Russian and foreign experts and practitioners, from architects and developers to representatives of international organizations and different levels of government.

The Forum will be held in Nizhny Novgorod, which stands at the confluence of Oka and Volga rivers, and the history of the city is inseparably connected with these great rivers. In the year of its 800th anniversary, Nizhny Novgorod is undergoing a major transformation and is rediscovering its river front. Perhaps there is no better place in Russia today to discuss the relationship between the city and water.

Part of the business program of the forum will be the «City and Water» exhibition, dedicated to the DOM.RF projects. The participants of the event will be able to get acquainted with the interactive research about the perspective embankments, to see new projects of water and green development from different Russian cities. The forum partners, including the Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities of the Russian Federation, the Federal Agency for Tourism (Rostourism), the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment of the Russian Federation and the representatives of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, will also present their stands on the platform.

See you in Nizhny Novgorod

Nizhny Novgorod

One of the most ancient Russian cities with a unique cultural and architectural legacy.

The quality of the urban environment, its comfort, safety, and activity are unthinkable without the rational use of water resources. Rivers and lakes have always been important for cities as transportation ways, sources of fresh water and energy, and their shores have always been recreational spaces for citizens. Today the understanding of the value of water resources is becoming more and more complex. Cities are looking for new ways to interact with water resources through the creation of sustainable landscapes and green corridors, giving equal rights to the water and urban elements. This problematic is especially urgent for Russia, as 70% of cities in the country with 85 million citizens are located near rivers, lakes or seas, but only 10% of the shoreline of these water areas are accessible and reconstructed as leisure areas. This is a huge challenge and at the same time a huge potential for development.

The topic requires thoughtful action at different levels at once: the region, the city, and the specific place. Such work should be based on the complex analysis of all aspects of urban development and on the cooperation between citizens, experts, representatives of business, and authorities. The V Environment for Living Forum will be dedicated to the best practices in this process.

The design of urban landscapes based on water and green resources will be considered at the state, regional, city and district levels. The participants will share the experience in developing the coastal zones and discuss the first results of implementing the law on integrated urban development. Special attention will be paid to attracting private investments in the development of Russian cities.

The anniversary V Forum will be different from the previous ones. The past events were dedicated to the principles, goals and tasks of strategic planning of the urban environment. In 2021, the Environment for Living Forum will be more focused on the practice, mechanisms and tools of real changes. It will bring together Russian and foreign experts and practitioners, from architects and developers to representatives of international organizations and different levels of government.

The Forum will be held in Nizhny Novgorod, which stands at the confluence of Oka and Volga rivers, and the history of the city is inseparably connected with these great rivers. In the year of its 800th anniversary, Nizhny Novgorod is undergoing a major transformation and is rediscovering its river front. Perhaps there is no better place in Russia today to discuss the relationship between the city and water.

Part of the business program of the forum will be the «City and Water» exhibition, dedicated to the DOM.RF projects. The participants of the event will be able to get acquainted with the interactive research about the perspective embankments, to see new projects of water and green development from different Russian cities. The forum partners, including the Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities of the Russian Federation, the Federal Agency for Tourism (Rostourism), the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment of the Russian Federation and the representatives of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, will also present their stands on the platform.

See you in Nizhny Novgorod!

CITIES AS SPACES FOR OPPORTUNITIES

Today it is not only countries, but also global cities, who establish strong diplomatic ties and compete in terms of economic development and quality of life.

 

Smaller regional centers are to follow. 80% of the 1117 Russian cities are either historical settlements or small towns. To develop economically, they need investments considering the local specifics, as well as high-quality infrastructure and urban environment. 

 

A town of any size and status can fight for resources and human capital. And career opportunities are not the only motivation for talented people. People want to live in cities where a comfortable living is not limited to a house or apartment. 

 

This request from residents and the business community was embodied in the national project «Housing and Urban Environment», in new investment developments and leadership programs.

National goals for 2024



+30%

to the quality of the urban environment


-50%

cities with unfavorable environment


120

million m² housing a year

With implementation of national projects and understanding of importance of the urban economy the role of the local government has grown, too. For mayors, it means more resources for development of their cities and their own political weight at the regional level. But new opportunities always mean greater responsibility – for the accuracy of decisions being made, efficiency in spending money and providing economic growth not only to the cities, but also regions. 

 

A high-quality urban environment is diverse and varied, it is complex in its structure and connected with all the aspects of the citizens’ life. Therefore, its development is a multipurpose task. New professionals and strategic instruments will help city leaders to manage it. 

 

In Osaka, Frankfurt, Sydney, Toronto – many cities that hold first places in international ratings – standards and strategies are implemented on multiple levels: master plans, regulations for space development, design codes. 

 

These kinds of documents provide a clear plan for action and transparent way to attract additional resources and investments in the urban economy. Is it a platform for interaction and, as a result, mutual understanding among citizens: along with the authorities, citizens, entrepreneurs and experts are involved in work on those documents. 

 

For the fourth time the «Living Environment» forum will become a platform for exchanging best experiences and successful cases from Russia and the world, which in the wake of implementation of the priority national projects could be also used at the different level – by constructors, designers, architects, regional and municipal authorities.