Living Environment



19‑21TH SEPTEMBER 2019

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




Roundtable discussion: Active citizens. What did we learn about them through their involvement?

Free entrance, register here:

Location: Radisson Hotel

Moderator: Sonia Elterman, Strelka Magazine Editor-in-Chief

It’s been almost two years since the word “engagement” began to sound from the lips of officials, activists, festival organizers and in general those who want citizens to say what they need and to criticize that what is uncomfortable. This process has its own Russian experience, results, and responses to the tasks at hand: what do citizens actually think about the city, what do they want to talk about, how do they perceive their courtyard or district, and are they ready to be co-investors? The most notable participants in the processes of engagement in Russia will speak about what new things we have learned about ourselves, about attitudes towards public spaces and the present day needs of residents.

Nadezhda Snigireva, Architect, Project Group 8

Urban spaces and courtyard areas. Differences in scale, approaches and tools for working collaborating with residents.

Nadezhda is a partner at Project Group 8, a practicing architect, a specialist in participatory design, a designer and moderator of original workshops, design seminars and design games for territory development, a member of the Environmental Design Research Association, an expert in public participation in the program for the development of public spaces in the Republic of Tatarstan, and author of methodology recommendations on involving residents in the design of public spaces for the Ministry of Construction of the Russian Federation. Using participatory design, Project Group 8 has developed several public spaces, courtyard areas and a public transport stop, located in various cities. Involving residents in the creation of urban environment elements makes it possible to ultimately avoid the problem of vacant and inefficient spaces. Project Group 8 also holds festivals and educational workshops for local residents in order to further increase interest in the transformation of their own city.

Andrei Kochetkov, Founder of Tom Sawyer Fest:

Tom Sawyer Fest: how to encourage the restoration of historical heritage in 20 cities.

Engagement by taking action is not only for volunteers, but also for those who live in these houses: they become the ambassadors of the city’s heritage, but this takes at least a month. Andrei is a journalist, historian, author of the Tom Sawyer Fest idea and the Samara branch deputy chairman of the Russian Society for the Preservation of Historical and Cultural Monuments. Kochetkov has been the art director of the Metafest music festival in the Samara region since 2011. In 2013 he came up with the concept of the online magazine Drugoi Gorod (The Other City) and has been its editor-in-chief until 2017.

Tom Sawyer Fest is a festival of restoring the historical environment that was launched in Samara in 2015. During the festival across dozens of cities in Russia, hundreds of volunteers come together to restore the appearance of old buildings. Moreover, volunteers come not only from cities in Russia but also from abroad.

Natalia Makovetskaya, Head of the Participatory Planning department at Strelka KB:

What do people throughout 40 cities in Russia want? How did architects become the intermediaries between citizens and the authorities from Astrakhan to Yakutsk? What is the new role of architects?

Natalia is an architect, and head of the Participatory Planning department at Strelka KB. Since 2010 she directed the department of the Russian National World Heritage Committee of UNESCO that works with youth and expert communities. She supervised work with citizens in the office of the First Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Culture of the Russian Federation State Duma Federal Assembly. She has been developing the Participatory Planning department at Strelka KB since 2016. She worked in the collaborative process with citizens in the My Street and Five Steps to Improve Everyday Life in Mono-Cities programs.

Natalia led the implementation of the participation planning program in over 30 cities throughout Russia. Together with citizens and architects she came up with the future uses of public spaces across the entire country: Lake Sisara’s embankments in Yakutsk, Kuban Park in Krasnodar, Krasnaya Naberezhnaya Street in Astrakhan, and the Central Square in Izhevsk. Each of the projects was formed with the active participation of local residents — in Yakutsk, Lake Sisara was chosen for the project because it is a place that is both a busy area, as well as a sacred spot for most local residents. Nearby the recently opened in 2012 “Mother’s plaza” is located, and courtyard territories also open up onto the lake. The resulting space remains active along the rest of the coastline, but at the same time there are places for peaceful meditation.

Kirill Nikitin, Director of the Center for Tax Policy of the Economics Faculty at Moscow State University, partner at PwC

Tools for direct communication between the public and the authorities. How citizens manage their own taxes — proactive budgeting in Russia.

Kirill is a partner, and head of providing services to government agencies and the public sector at PwC in Russia. In 2013 he founded and headed the Center for Tax Policy of the Economics Faculty at the Lomonosov Moscow State University. He has been the Chairman of the Tax and Budgetary Policy Committee of the “Business Russia” organization. Proactive budgeting gives residents the opportunity to decide for the themselves what needs to be renovated or repaired. Three sources come together for this task: regional and municipal budgets, as well as financial resources from the population. The Tula region’s project “People’s Budget” is one such example in Russia. Through this program since 2011, 3.4 billion rubles have been raised and more than four thousand issues have been addressed, from leaking roofs to repairing schools and roads.