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!

Jury Decides on Winners of Major International Contest on Standard Housing Projects for Russia

During Living Environment: All About Housing Forum on May 18, the jury announced the winners of the Open International Competition of Architectural Concepts for Standard Housing and Residential Buildings in Russia. The contest was commissioned by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and organized by the Ministry of Construction Industry, Housing and Utilities Sector and the Russia Housing and Urban Development Corporation (DOM.RF), in cooperation with Strelka KB.

Contestants from 39 countries, including Italy, Spain, France, the Netherlands, India, the United States, and Japan, submitted in their 298 bids more than 900 design projects for residential buildings. Each competitor could develop up to four housing building projects for one out of three urban environment models: low-rise residential, mid-rise residential, or central area. The mid-rise model was the most popular option among architects, with 140 such bids. Based on the results of both expert and popular votes, the international jury selected 20 finalists out of 176 Russian submissions and 122 foreign submissions.

The jury was represented by the Minister of Construction Industry, Housing and Utilities Sector Mikhail Men; CEO at DOM.RF Alexander Plutnik; famous architects Jean-Paul Viguier, Ricardo Devesa, and Giovanna Carnevali; urban planning researcher Harald Mooij; architect and co-founder of SPEECH architectural office and Tchoban Voss Architekten Sergei Tchoban; CEO at Brusnika Development Elena Eremenko; and Head of the Analytical Department of the Ural Chamber of Real Estate in Yekaterinburg Mikhail Khorkov. The jury was chaired by Igor Shuvalov, First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia.

‘The design concepts that we saw as a jury provide a real chance to reconsider current contemporary trends for external building structure, and for apartment layouts as well. We’ve been guiding our contestants by the square meter price, and now we have to figure out the actual cost per square meter of living area — and then describe a standard apartment based on that. I think that following the results of such a major contest we really can expect new housing standards,’ — Alexander Plutnik, CEO at DOM.RF.

During its final meeting, the jury decided on a prize amount for each finalist and suggested personal nominations based on advantages and particular features of proposed solutions.

1st Category Winners, who received a prize of €29,200 each, are: 

GRUPO H.d.o.o. (Slovenia) — “For unconventional approach towards diverse living scenarios in planning layouts”

TA.R.I-Architects (Italy) — “For vast opportunities for customization”

ESCHER (Chelyabinsk, Russia) —  “For providing dynamic and diverse public areas”

Plan_B (Yaroslavl, Russia) — “For exceptional flexibility of planning solutions”

Archifellows (Moscow, Russia) — “For respecting users’ needs while providing design solutions”

 

2nd Category Winners, who received a prize of €20,387 each, are:

AKHMADULLIN ARCHITECTS (Ufa, Russia) — “For developing comprehensive scenarios of life in low-rise model”

ARCHITECTURAL GROUP DNK (Moscow, Russia) — “For implementing a new building typology into mid-rise environment model”

AD HOC ARCHITECTURE (Moscow, Russia) — “For creating open pedestrian lanes through a block”

SARA SIMOSKA (Macedonia) — “For innovative approach to apartment layout planning”

BOLD-COLLECTIVE (Netherlands) — “For innovative concept of large-scale wooden construction”

 

3rd Category Winners, who received €13,600 each, are:

PROJECT GROUP PIONEER (Chelyabinsk, Russia) — “For developing a realistic approach to low-rise model implementation”

PPA ARQUITECTURA (Brazil) — “For playful approach and freedom of expression”

ARCHITECTURAL STUDIO 2 PORTALA (Voronezh, Russia) — “For universal planning solutions”

ANARCHITECTS STUDIO (Netherlands) — “For developing a strategic algorithm that can be easily adapted to changes”

BOUSTANY / SUPHASIDH / DESFONDS + A2OM (Russia, France, Spain, Thailand) — “For rethinking traditional housing estates”

DO ARCHITECTS (Lithuania) — “For critical spirit and original approach”

BUREAU ARD (Krasnodar, Russia) — “For exceptional tower architecture”

DA PROJECT (Tyumen, Russia) — “For the concept of open public areas on rooftops”

LUIS EDUARD CALDERON GARCIA (Columbia) — “For establishing symbiotic ties to the city”

POLE-DESIGN (Moscow, Russia) — “For arranging an environment for communication and communal friendship”

 

‘All projects have met the expectation of the judges. This particularly so with low-rise and high-rise concepts; we have found plenty of interesting works. They all meet the requirements of the contest brief, and surely can transform the urban environment as soon as new guidelines will be approved.’ — Giovanna Carnevale, international jury member.

In the 21st century, cities compete for people on a global scale, and in this battle housing turns into a competitive advantage. For a long time, the main priority in housing policy was to increase square meters — now the quality of apartments and living environment has been added to a number of key factors. The economic potential of a city directly depends on requirements of new housing stock.

This major architecture design contest was meant to formulate new requirements for residential areas that can correspond with various life scenarios of contemporary citizens and be capable of giving momentum to urban development.

The competition consisted of two stages. Twenty finalists who made it to the second stage received €13,600 each for improving on their concepts. The main requirements of the technical brief — cost of construction, adaptive for every type of climate, flexible planning solutions — remained untouched. At the same time, it was suggested that contestants concentrated on interior elements of the buildings in order to think through various apartment layouts. All finalists received personal expert comments which allowed them to improve their projects.

As a base for the technical brief, we decided to adopt “Key guidelines (principles) on the comprehensive development of areas” which are currently being elaborated on by the Construction Ministry and DOM.RF with the assistance of Strelka KB. The contest proved that you can create affordable standard high-quality housing while following those guidelines. Winning solutions will enrich the Ministry’s library and will provide a new level of affordable standard housing in Russia. The projects will assist in suggesting that developers create a comfortable urban environment while reducing costs and design.

 

Learn more about the winners and check their projects here: https://beta.strelkamag.com/en/article/winners-standard-housing-competition