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.

The Kaliningrad Regional Drama Theatre will host the Business Program of the Forum.


Elliot Eisenberg

Ph.D economist, regular consultant to several large real estate professional associations, hedge funds and investment advisory groups, USA

Alexander Plutnik

DOM.RF’s CEO and Chairman of the Management Board

Jeffrey Morgan

Sr. Development Consultant, MBL Housing, USA

Tatiana Polidi

Executive Director of the Institute for Urban Economics, Director of the Real Estate Market department, Russia

Winy Maas

Co-founder and Director, MVRDV, Netherlands

Martin Sobota

Architect, partner at Cityförster architecture+urbanism, Netherlands

Alexei Muratov

Partner, Strelka KB, Russia

Alexandra Chechetkina

Senior Architect, Strelka KB, Russia

Ekaterina Shulman

Associate Professor, RANEPA, Russia

Vasiliy Selivanov

Legenda Intelligent Development, Russia

Alexander Mamut

Chairman of the board of trustees of Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design

Martin Biewenga

Architect, partner at Dutch firm West 8 urban design & landscape architecture BV

Brian Mark Evans

UN Advisor, Ecological Urbanist, United Kingdom

Alexander Govorov

Director of Engineering of Brusnika, Russia

Dmitry Tepin

Minister of Construction and Housing and Communal Services of the Saratov Region

Evgeniy Glagolev

Deputy Governor of the Belgorod Region

Sergey Kolesnikov

Commercial Director at Partner-Stroy

Vladimir Martynenkov

Head of the Metapribor group of companies

Milana Sadaeva

Deputy Mayor of Grozny

Fadi Jabri

Executive Officer, Principal MENA, CIS, India Region at Nikken Sekkei

Natalia Fishman

Assistant to the President of the Republic of Tatarstan

Igor Markov

Architect, director of gmp international

Diana Samoshkina

Vice President, Consumer Segment at Rostelecom




Session #4: From Kaliningrad to Vladivostok

Best practices for creating contemporary housing and urban environments from eight federal districts in Russia in the format of five-minute presentations.


North-West Federal Region. Kaliningrad

Martin Biewenga, Architect, partner at Dutch firm West 8 urban design & landscape architecture BV

The renovation project for the area in the centre of Kaliningrad

West 8 urban design & landscape architecture BV is working on the reconstruction project of the area in front of the House of Soviets in Kaliningrad, a long term construction project. The building itself is to become an office center, and the territory around it will transform into a park area in the center of the city. West 8 is planning to unite the separate green areas, from the park near the Lower Lake up to Kant Island, with a single landscape design.


Southern Federal Region. Krasnodar

Igor Markov, Architect, director of gmp international

The multifunctional recreation complex in Krasnodar

A few years ago Russian businessman Sergei Galitsky built in Krasnodar with his own funds a stadium with a capacity of 34,000 spectators, heated seats, and a screen to shield fans from rain. In the fall of 2017, another project he commissioned was completed: a 22.7 hectare landscape park in Krasnodar. Urban planning experts call it one of the best parks in Russia and refer to it as “Krasnodar’s Zaryadye Park.”


Volga Federal Region. Saratov, Kazan

Dmitry Tepin,  Minister of Construction and Housing and Communal Services of the Saratov Region

Spatial regulations as an instrument for the development of Saratov’s historical area

The historical center of Saratov occupies 5% of the total area of the city, which is almost two times larger than in other Russian cities. In 2017, the government of the Saratov region introduced spatial regulations for the city center — this is the first such case in Russian practice. The spatial regulations regulate the amount of glazing in new buildings, the height of first floors, the quality of materials, that is, all types of elements in new buildings and structures so that they would not conflict with the already formed urban environment and would help the city to develop further.

Natalia Fishman, Assistant to the President of the Republic of Tatarstan

Implementation of the program for the development of public spaces in the Republic of Tatarstan

Led by Natalia Fishman, Assistant to the President of the Republic of Tatarstan, the development of public spaces program is being implemented in the region for the fourth year, which included the renovation of 267 parks, embankments, pedestrian streets, plazas and squares across all of Tatarstan’s municipal regions. Each project is developed together with local residents, and the practice of participatory design used in Tatarstan became mandatory for 12 thousand municipalities across Russia in 2017. Within the framework of the program, open international competitions and social research is conducted and educational workshops are held to improve the skills of Tatarstan’s architects: the program facilitates a systematic accumulation of local competencies in design and construction.


North Caucasus Region. Grozny

Milana Sadaeva,  Deputy Mayor of Grozny

The Hussein bin Talal Park as a driver of urban development

The Hussein bin Talal in Grozny will open this spring. The space is far from main city routes and previously was not popular among citizens, but today it aspires to become a place that draws in people into this outlying area, surrounded by commercial facilities and private housing. The new design of the park was developed by the Norwegian office Snøhetta (reconstruction of Times Square, the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion) jointly with Strelka KB and commissioned by DOM.RF.


Central Region. Belgorod

Evgeniy Glagolev, Deputy Governor of the Belgorod Region

Novaya Zhizn: a district in Belgorod with apartments for young specialists at reduced cost

In 2017, the government of the Belgorod region began construction of the new district Novaya Zhizn (“New Life”). The project is to provide young specialists with ready, high-quality housing at reduced cost, one and a half below market prices. The area that they will move into as soon as in the summer of 2018 includes everything essential for life, from furnished apartments to kindergartens.


Ural Region. Tyumen

Sergey Kolesnikov, Commercial Director at Partner-Stroy

Ozhogina residential complex: how to make ground floors appealing to buyers

Affordable and eco-friendly housing with a “human format” on the outskirts of Tyumen by the developer Partner-Stroy. In all of its projects, the company follows the principle that houses should not be higher than pine trees, and therefore focuses on medium-rise buildings. The Ozhogina residential complex features apartments with various layouts, high ceilings and panoramic windows, and some of the ground floor apartments have terraces. Partner-Stroy received awards from Urban Awards and Pro Estate Awards for the Ozhogina residential complex.


Siberian Region. Novosibirsk

Vladimir Martynenkov, Head of the Metapribor group of companies

Yasniy Bereg residential complex: a park city concept for the complex

The Yasniy Bereg (“Bright Bank”) residential complex in Novosibirsk is located along the river, a seven minutes drive from the city center. The complex has nearly one thousand apartments in buildings of different heights, one of which has a shape that resembles a wave. In the courtyard there is a huge park with no space for cars. The architectural concept of this park-city was designed by the German architects of Tilke GmbH & Co, known for their Formula 1 tracks and urban planning projects around the world.


Far East Region. Vladivostok

Fadi Jabri, Executive Officer, Principal MENA, CIS, India Region at Nikken Sekkei

Far East Region. Vladivostok

The masterplan for the development of Vladivostok as a smart and compact city was developed by the Japanese architectural and engineering firm Nikken Sekkei jointly with DOM.RF. To lessen the burden on the center and port, the city’s territory will be divided into several districts with different functions — creative clusters, business hubs, residential areas and transport hubs.