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




Kaliningrad Prepares to Host the Living Environment Forum: Urban Improvements

In 2018 experts are to develop urban improvement projects for 17 public spaces. Kaliningrad prepares to host the Living Environment: All About Housing Forum: results are yet to come in the near future.

17 public spaces will be improved, including a square in front of the House of Soviets, Kant Island and embankments, part of the Litovsky Val street, Privokzalnaya Square and another 13 streets and public gardens. The projects of redevelopment will be finalized by the mid-May. Concepts’ authors propose to focus more on pedestrians, create safer traffic flow, maximize green spaces and fulfill each street’s potential.

The concepts are being developed in cooperation with locals. Public discussions considering the projects were held on March 24, 2018. Afterwards the concepts will be elaborated with the commentaries of citizens, experts and officials taken into account. Final projects will be presented at the Forum.

By the mid-May locals will be able to walk along the developed part, a sidewalk of Baranova Street. The improvement includes roadway of the street. Anton Sagal, architect from Kaliningrad, is the author of the concept.

According to the concept, the sidewalk will be paved with red brick typically used in the 19th century in Kaliningrad. Lime trees and chestnuts will be planted along the alleys; driveways and pavements will be leveled so that all citizens were comfortable.


Living Environment: All About Housing Forum is organized by the Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities of the Russian Federation and DOM.RF together with the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of Kaliningrad Region. Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design is the Forum Program Directorate.