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!

Open International Competition for Alternative Layout Design in Standard Housing is announced

The Ministry of Construction Industry, Housing and Utilities Sector of Russia and DOM.RF, with the support of the Russian government, announces the Open International Competition for Alternative Layout Design in Standard Housing. The competition will be operated by Strelka KB.

The registration of participants opened on May 18 at https://dom-competition.ru/en/about.

The competition is designed to be a testing ground for creating the apartments of the future. Requirements for applicants’ proposals reflect the principles which define standard housing, including flexibility, usability, and stability. The aim is for submitted planning solutions to help meet the modern citizen’s need for comfort, communication, and personal fulfillment.

The goal of the competition is to establish a clear “size range” and develop alternative layout designs for each type of standard residence, from studios to four-room apartments. Contestants must develop architectural concepts and elaborate on detailed layout designs with increased area size for further residents.

Participants also must emphasize a flexible planning structure and develop apartment lines based on three of four building types (multi-unit apartment house, tower, section-building, or gallery). The goal is to produce new functional and layout solutions while keeping in mind the different life scenarios of modern citizens. A technical brief will include references on how to make apartments more diversified and adaptive; for example, it would be possible to combine different types of residences within one floor of a building, without changing its entire structure.

The competition idea was born during the operation of the international jury at the Open International Competition for Standard Housing and Residential Development Concept Design. At the previous competition, participants were required to give the same level of consideration to all aspects of the living environment – from the arrangement of city blocks to building facades. Now, the focus has shifted to the apartment level and the needs of occupants with regard to a comfortable home environment.

A technical brief of the contest for standard housing projects defines the minimum sizes for apartments, ranging from a 20-meter studio to a four-room apartment measuring around 100 meters. One of the new tasks of this competition is to develop a range of apartments. Each type of home, whether it’s a studio or four-room residence, will be given a clear size range. For instance, a two-room flat will come in small, average, and large options: 60-, 65-, and 70-square meters respectively.

The brief determines the minimum comfortable size for each apartment unit, including an appropriate size for storage rooms. The layout design includes a communal area for all family members, and implies that each room will have a basic and an additional purpose. For example, one can easily arrange a working area in the bedroom.

The projects entering the second round of the contest will be selected by popular vote. Finalists will receive €13,600 each to improve and finalize their concepts, giving consideration to comments and advice from the judges. After that, the jury will decide on the winners and runners-up. As many as five projects will receive €27,200 each; up to five other projects will be awarded €20,400; and up to 10 projects will receive €13,600 each.