INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP
MYSTETSKYI ARSENAL: SPATIAL DEVELOPMENT SCENARIOS
INITIAL DATA
Format: 6-day international and interdisciplinary workshop in the framework of the 10th
International Architecture Festival CANactions 2017 (with full-time involvement)
Curatorship: Mirjam Niemeyer / helsinkizurich (Finland / Switzerland)
Tutors: Selected finalists of the Future Architecture Platform: call for ideas 2017
Dates: May 29 - June 3, 2017
Location: Mystetskyi Arsenal (10-12 Lavrska St., Kyiv, Ukraine)
Working language: English
Participants' profile: Critically-thinking practitioners, researchers, and artists with background
in urban design, city planning, and architecture, economics, political and cultural studies,
journalism, sociology and other related fields
Number of participants: Up to 24
Tuition fee: None
CANactions provides: Accommodation in a hostel in the center of Kyiv (May 28 - June 4,
2017), lunches and coffee breaks, free tickets to all events of the International ArchitectureFestival CANactions 2017
Deadline for applications: May 07, 2017
Apply now: https://goo.gl/forms/3zIGL9C62NT1Vb253


INTRODUCTION
National Cultural-Arts and Museum Complex ‘Mystetskyi Arsenal’ is a large-scale cultural
project of national and international importance in the historic center of Kyiv. Its mission is to
promote the modernization of Ukrainian society and integration of Ukraine into the global
context, based on the axiological potential of culture.
The Arsenal (fr.) was originaly built as the factory for repair, manufacture, and storage of
weapons. It was built in 1783-1801 according to the project by Lieutenant-General Ivan
(Johann) Meller for the needs of the Kyiv garrison. The Old Arsenal Building is the historical and
architectural monument of the state importance situated on the territory of the Old KyivPechersk
fortress.
During the Independence of Ukraine, starting from 2005, Arsenal became the cultural and
artistic institution and got the name ‘Mystetskyi Arsenal’ with the total area of 9.8 hectares and
the exhibition area of the Old Arsenal building of 56.000 sq.m. Nowadays the Mystetskyi
Arsenal complex is partly in a state of reconstruction and construction that’s why only 12.000
square meters are being used for art projects and events.
One of the Mystetskyi Arsenal’ main task is to create and continually expand the atmosphere of
freedom and creative collaboration that is based upon the human dignity respect, solidarity,
critical and responsible thinking. In order to achieve that spatial changes are needed in the
sphere of space creation, which is close towards a modern person lifestyle and reflects the
horizontal communication, equality and the accessibility requirements. 


AIMS AND OUTCOMES OF THE WORKSHOP
The workshop is aimed at elaboration of the spatial development scenarios for ‘Mystetskyi
Arsenal’ established by the interdisciplinary teams under the curator’s and tutors’ guidance
including:
a/ spatial development ("hard transformations"): project-planning suggestions that should lead
to long-term and step-by-step transformations of certain buildings and spaces of Mystetskyi
Arsenal taken the current challenges and opportunities into consideration
b/ experience development ("soft transformations"): proposals of the creation and usage of the
Arsenal spaces and buildings, strategically aimed to create new experience and interaction with
the space of Mystetskyi Arsenal.

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