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




Forum Agenda

The Living Environment: All About Housing forum views housing policy as a driver for the development of city econo- mies. All across the world, populations are concentrating in cities — according to UN estimates, by 2050 two-thirds of the earth’s population will live in cities. Globally, cities are increasingly vital to the national economy, and in Russia approximately 50% of the country’s GDP comes from the economies of agglomerations.

As cities compete for human capital, housing and a well-developed urban environment provide urban centers with competitive advantages. In any Russian city, standard residential buildings make up 77% of the built-up environment while panel and block apartment houses account for almost 46%. Which means that every second resident of Russia lives in an apartment that was constructed 50 years ago, that today does not meet modern requirements. Polls by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center in 2017 showed that 45% of Russians would like to improve the quality of their housing. The challenges in mass housing construction faced by Russia today reflect the global trend of ever-increasing urbanization which requires sustainable and innovative urban planning to make the life of all citizens, no matter their country, more comfortable in the 21st century.


standard residential buildings make up


people occupy one room on average


of Russians would like to improve the quality of their housing

Housing needs to develop at a quicker pace in order to attract residents. What principles should designers be guided by in order to create high-quality, safe and comfortable housing? What challenges should housing policies address in order to be more e ective? How does housing contribute to the city or how can housing change the city? This and more will be discussed by international and Russian experts at the The Living Environment: All About Housing forum.