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.
Winy Maas at Living Environment: ‘There Are Four Important Points for the Development of Contemporary Housing’
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The third ‘Living Environment’ forum, this year entitled “All About Housing, " brought together architects, urban planners, businessmen, and government officials to discuss and reflect on trends in the housing market. The forum's main objective is to establish a dialog between the state, real estate developers, and designers to improve the quality of life in Russia.
Among the key speakers were Winy Maas (MVRDV), Martin Sobota (Netherlands), Elliot Eisenberg (United States), and Brian Mark Evans (United Kingdom).
During the day Winy Maas, founder of the Dutch office MVRDV which is known for its variety of housing projects in Holland, France, China, and India, as well as for his co-authorship of the master plan of Greater Paris, shared his views on contemporary living environments:
‘There are four important points for contemporary housing development: diversity, community, green areas, and a mix of uses.’
The architect placed a special emphasis on the importance of diversity when designing new homes:
‘It's necessary to create different sizes and types of housing so that citizens have the option to choose how they want to live—to create environments where we live together but with a diversity that allows each individual to develop their own identity. This can occur within a residential building, as in a mix of different houses that together make up a neighborhood. You bring your architect, I bring mine and we do something nice between everyone.’