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




Living Environment: 
Housing and City (2017)

The Living Environment: Housing and the City Forum was held in Saratov, Russia, on May 13–15, 2017. It was organized by the Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities of the Russian Federation and DOM.RF together with the Government of the Saratov Region. The Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design was the Program Directorate of the Forum.

It was the second event dedicated to the mechanisms of creating a high-quality urban environment and improving living conditions. The Forum focused on the current situation in Russia’s cities and the development of urban environment.

The Living Environment: Housing and the City Forum was divided into two parts: a business program for representatives of authorities, businessmen, urban planning and architecture experts and ‘Urban Weekend Festival’ for all the citizens.

Business program of the Living Environment: Housing and the City Forum was focused on the following issues: making proposals on the legislation that should improve living standards and urban environment, sharing best practices in designing affordable and quality housing, promotion of modern standards of housing and urban improvement in Russia.

Participants included: Nikita Stasishin, Deputy Minister of Construction, Housing and Utilities of the Russian Federation; Andrey Chibis, Deputy Minister of Construction, Housing and Utilities of the Russian Federation; Alexander Plutnik, CEO of DOM.RF; Valery Radaev, Governor of the Saratov Region; Alexander Mamut, Chairman of the Board of Trustees; Fadi Jabri, Executive Officer Principal of Nikken Sekkei; Sergey Gordeev, President of PIK Group; Bart Goldhoorn, American architect and city planner; and other experts. In total, 634 representatives from 76 Russia’s regions participated in the business program.

As a part of the ‘Urban Weekend Festival’ there were City Tours Days and Urban Picnic with local and Moscow-based street food entrepreneurs, open lectures for urban entrepreneurs, 5 km run in the central historical part of Saratov and city tours created by locals. Everyone interested might have attended round tables on urban planning. The highlight of the ‘Urban Weekend Festival’ was a firework on the embankment.

Alexander Plutnik, CEO of DOM.RF, noted: ‘We are delighted to see that our events evoked such a great response among the citizens of Saratov. ‘Urban Weekend Festival’ attracted over 55.000 people, around 300 people attended the screening of the movie ‘A Bridge Is Being Built’. Over 1000 locals enrolled on city tours and also over 1000 people joined a run. Around 1100 visitors attended lectures by urban entrepreneurs. Over 15.000 people participated in the ‘Urban Picnic’, while the following performance was attended by 35.000 citizens.’