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!

Winy Maas at Living Environment: ‘There Are Four Important Points for the Development of Contemporary Housing’

Image courtesy of KB Strelka Press Office

 

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.’