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




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

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.