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




Kaliningrad’s architectural scene: how and what to build in the city in the nearest future?

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Moderator: Valentina Jansen

A modern environment and modern architecture — what does this mean in cities with centuries of history and how to properly implement such projects? The City of London is found side by side with abbeys dating back to the 15th century, while in Dubai they try to replicate the great buildings of the past; in Lisbon behind the old facades of mansions they are completely re-planning entire neighbourhoods, while in Barcelona the glass and concrete building of the Centre for Contemporary Art sits right in the middle of the Gothic Quarter. Should modern architecture co-exist with historic buildings, where appropriate, and for what purpose? What kind of architectural scene does Kaliningrad need if its multifaceted historical context and contemporary needs are taken into account? And how to build iconic structures that will last for ages? Government representatives, practicing designers, and experts will speak about the architect’s role in the city, the practice of architectural watchdogs, and Russian experience of public monitoring of construction quality.

Vyacheslav Genne,  Advisor to the Governor of the Kaliningrad region on architecture

Previously the deputy head of the administration in the municipal districts of Primorye and Pionerskiy resort. Former chief architect of Svetlogorsk and Kaliningrad.

Anton Sagal,  Architect and urbanist

One of the authors of the renovation project for Baranova Street in Kaliningrad. Winner of the international architectural competition for the reconstruction of the Royal Castle of Königsberg — “Post-Castle”. Tutor in the architecture and urban studies department at the Polytechnic University of Milan.

Artur Sarnits,  Architect, author of several renovation projects of five-story buildings on Leninsky Prospekt in Kaliningrad

Specialist in German heritage (reconstruction of the Gusev city center), participated in the Canary WharF project, and in the construction of buildings in the City of London, Hemsted, and Richmond.

Artur Krupin,  Deputy Head of the Administration of the City of Kaliningrad, Chairman of the Committee for Architecture and Construction

Sergei Yurevich Kavtaradze,  Historian of Architecture, member of the Union of Moscow Architects

Winner of the “Enlightenment” award in 2016, an instructor at the Collector’s School and an expert at Winzavod Contemporary Art Center, where he conducts a lecture course aimed at “reading” and understanding architecture as one of the arts. Similar lectures were given as part of the Moscow Government’s project “Vykhod v gorod” (“Exit into the city”).

Natalia Ibragimova, Executive Director, chief architect of PM Arkhitek projects, chairman of the Orenburg branch of the ВОО Union of Architects of Russia