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




Vladimir Putin: ‘No One Needs a Race for Square Meters, so We Should Not Build Uncomfortable, Poor Quality Housing. We Must Build Not Just a Large Amount of Housing, but Also Housing That Is Modern’

On December 20, 2017, Vladimir Putin chaired a meeting of the Council for Strategic Development and Priority Projects in the Kremlin, which was convened to discuss the implementation of the housing development strategy. The President mentioned that large volumes of housing should not compromise the quality of new housing.

‘No one needs a race for square meters, so we should not build uncomfortable, poor quality housing’, Vladimir Putin said. ‘We must build not just a large amount of housing, but also housing that is modern. And here it is important not only to update the standards, but also to find economic incentives for developers to build new residential buildings based on advanced design solutions and technologies, using quality modern materials. On a par with housing people need parks, squares, playgrounds and sports grounds and social infrastructure – in a word, everything that forms the image of cities and creates a favorable environment for life.’

‘Realization of a priority project on creating a comfortable urban environment will positively affect the volumes of housing. Annually up until 2025, 25 billion rubles will be allocated to shaping a new image of cities and improving quality of life in Russia’s cities’, stated Mikhail Men, Minister of Construction, Housing and Utilities of the Russian Federation.

Mikhail Men also added that a subprogram of stimulating the development of housing construction facilitates the increase of construction volumes and improving the affordability of housing within the Integrated Development of Territories. ‘In 2017 we obtained a support for over 60 housing construction projects in 32 regions with construction volume over 6 million square meters of housing. There are 92 public amenities under construction: schools, pre-school facilities, health centers; and also 126 km of internal development roads. The means from federal budget are preliminarily allocated to construction of infrastructure facilities. In 2018 we plan to put 100 projects into operation involving 8 man square meters of housing. It will allow exclude infrastructure costs from a per square meter price.’

According to estimations, around 1.5 man families in Russia might take out mortgage loanты in 2018, said Alexander Plutonic, CEO of DOM.RF. Young families under 35-years-old account for around 50% of borrowers. They are used to new technologies in their daily life. ‘We have to find a new way to cater to their needs’, said Plutnik.

‘In cooperation with the Bank of Russia we are working on the standards of responsible mortgage loans system together with leading banks’, noted Plutnik. ‘We carried out several expanded studies and learned that in the following 5 years around 8 million families in Russia will take mortgage loans. It is significant to offer them a mechanism to improve their living conditions and problems, rather involve them in infinite trials that follow borrower default.’

According to Denis Leontiev, around 40% of residents of Russia’s cities do not have green areas within walking distance to their homes; streets in the cities and towns are congested; residential areas lack decent workplaces, though 60% of citizens prefer to work near their places; many people are dissatisfied with ecological situation.

‘Modern guidelines imply unified parameters and mechanisms that ensure a balanced level of living environment. For instance, on the one hand, a unified standard of lane width of a roadway of 3.5m saves street traffic capacity and makes traffic safer; on the other hand, it allows to maximize space or pedestrians by 15% in the whole city’, stated Denis Leontiev.

75% of Russians reside in cities, which are the centers of a new economy. Urban dwellers contribution accounts for 60% of national GDP and this number will grow further.