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Advanced Studies
in Integrated Urban Development 2016 / 17

The program is focused on the adaptation of EU urban development policies to the specific scale and real-life functioning of Ukrainian mid-sized cities. This is a practical course created for young professionals who lack the methods and tools of research-oriented design and strategic planning. Such cities as Zhytomyr, Poltava, Vinnytsia and Chernivtsi – as well as their connections with the surrounding settlements are the Program's case studies.
Type: Advanced Professional Program

September 2016 – June 2017
Format: Part-time (monthly 6 days-long sessions in Kyiv and distant work throughout the semester); field trips to case study sites in Ukraine and Lithuania
Language: English
Location: Kyiv

Number of Participants: 22
The CANactions School offers a new advanced-level study program focused on practical application of Integrated Urban Development principles outlined in the Leipzig Charter that serves as common ground of the EU urban development policies. Based on the CANactions School methodology, the program is aimed at adapting the concept of Integrated Urban Development to specific scale and real-life functioning of a mid-sized Ukrainian city. For this, we provide methods and tools for researchoriented design and strategic planning that will allow our students to conduct qualified research and design interventions that benefit local communities and Ukrainian society as a whole.

Our students will learn about various integrated urban development policy approaches with a major focus on several priority areas e.g. ensuring high-quality public spaces, improving energy efficiency of cities, combating climate change, enhancing residents' quality of life and attractiveness for businesses, promoting social and intercultural dialogue. A special section of the program will be devoted to managing deprived neighborhoods within a city in terms of poor quality of urban and natural environment, social exclusion and high unemployment. Here, we will be particularly focused on housing policies, low-cost methods of upgrading physical environment, efficient and affordable urban transport.

We cultivate teamwork and learning by doing approach in educational process and offer a multidisciplinary perspective on the complex urban context thanks to involvement of international tutors, fieldwork and peer learning from other professionals in the group. Finally, we deepen the student's' ability to critically examine and describe interactions between people's activities and physical structures in the city through awareness of current urban challenges in a global perspective.

Program Structure


October 10 – 15, 2016
Overview of the global challenges in Urbanism; recent and emerging trends in urban development; overview of contemporary schools of thoughts in urban planning and design, links and contradictions between them.

November 7 – 12, 2016
Getting to know about data, sensors and dealing with complex and coded datasets. Overview of dynamic infrastructure of a city – movement of people, goods, services, raw materials, food, etc.; visualisation of dynamic stocks and flows movement with GIS technologies usage. Learning about forming new datasets and ways to analyze data; discussion of influence of data analysis techniques on research/ field trip based project's outcomes.

December 3 – 10,
December 19 – 21, 2016
Practicing methods and tools of interdisciplinary research based on a field trip, critical thinking & mapping, participatory planning, storymaking and communication. Developing jointly with the citizens ideas to upgrade the city through a number of urban intervention projects. Introducing the practice of decentralization, post-Socialist urban spaces transformation, decommunization, participatory planning and social realities on the example of Lithuanian experience. Producing a booklet, comprising the most interesting reports on data found during the field trip and a number of reflections, reviews on the interventions implemented during the session, supported with maps, photos and illustrations, which will be publicly presented at the CANactions School in Kyiv.

February 6 – 11, 2017
Brief overview of the relevant design and planning approaches to urban development with a specific emphasis on the social aspects. Social and political challenges for Integrated Urban Development: inequality, segregation, gentrified urban renewal, marginalization of the elderly citizens, post-industrial unemployment aftershocks. Training skills for organizing participatory planning process; discussion of benefits and weaknesses of public involvement

March 6 – 11, 2017
Finding balance between human activities and natural ecosystems: coexistence with nature, leisure, recreation. Natural landscapes, habitats and links between them as an infrastructure for urban planning. Learning about planning incentives for citizens to adopt healthier lifestyles.

April 3 – 8, 2017
Overview of relevant mobility planning strategies and policies. Compact city as a compromise between proximity and density; discussion of adapting the compact city's principles in a post-Soviet urban planning context. Mobility planning for emerging city-regions: goals, tools, indicators

May 15 – June 3, 2017
Elaboration in groups graduation projects of integrated urban development for Chernivtsi, Vinnytsia, Zhytomyr and Poltava. Presentation of results at the CANactions International Architectural Festival.
Graduation Projects:


The district of "Graviton" was founded in the ´70ies as part of the industrial development at the South Eastern fringe of Chernivtsi. Its industrial heart was the rocket factory. Today "Graviton" is a home to ca. 14,000 people. Applying the metaphoric image of a space ship, which just has landed in this heterogenic spatial and functional context of this part of the city would describe best its current appearance. While situated between closed and run down industrial areas, newly constructed low cost shopping centres, a regional bus hub and the airport in the South, as well as romantic "Bukovina" village houses and waste green land to the river Prut in the North (already sparkled with "modern" villas), "Graviton" has fairly kept its unique spatial and architectural identity. However the quarter faces typical challenges of East European transition, from decay of the housing stock, lacking acceptance and care of public spaces, demographic changes, unemployment due to abandoning nearby industries, etc. In addition, "Graviton" is very poorly linked by road infrastructure and public transport to the city (centre). Social and cultural infrastructure is missing or hopeless overcrowded.
Like most of the world's major cities, also Vinnytsia was built around an area of freshwater. The Southern Bug supplied the city with freshwater and goods. Eventually the river worked as its sewage and became polluted. This all created a less-than-idyllic setting and Vinnytsia – like many other cities - turned away from its river and its banks.

The Western part of Vinnytsia with its historic center grew densely towards the river creating an urban riverfront. With the construction of a railway station, the city made a leap over the river towards the East. Today surrounded by city fabric, the Eastern riverbank remained as undeveloped open space / green area.
А complex mix of challenges was a starting point for a CANactions School team focused on the strategic development of a former water tower in Zhytomyr – a middle-size Oblast center located about 131 kilometers to the West of Kyiv. According to the School methodology, the project group has been composed of the participants who represented three Ukrainian cities (Zhytomyr, Kyiv and Mykolaiv) and had various professional backgrounds (an architect, urban planner, project manager, and two economists). In addition, the team united employees of the city administration, urban development agency, and NGO creating a mixture of viewpoints on what the city is. From that perspective, the team was set-up in the same way as one would usually encounter in the real-life conditions of working in the urban development field.

Sometimes life just hits you upside the head with a crowbar and knocks you into a new reality. Such was the case with the Poltava Team and the project for the Poltava Riverfront.

What began as a rather linear educational experience to apply the urban tools and learning introduced during the CANaction's program to a specific spatial context, was unexpectedly transformed into a lesson in the harsh realities of Ukrainian urbanism – black-box, undemocratic decision-making for private gain, by politicians, captured by the business elite.
Education team:
Michael Engel
An architect from Dresden, Germany, had been working in Romania since 2005, within several GIZ projects and since 2010, being director of the Heritas Foundation in Sibiu. In 2015 he has joined GIZ in Lviv, dealing with integrated urban development on local level.
Rudolf Gräf
An Architect with degree from Technical University Graz, for the last 10 years he has worked on land use and urban development plans in Romania. Currently he works as an urban planner for the Chernivtsi city hall and Integrated Urban Development in Ukraine Project.
Mirjam Niemejer
Architect and urban designer, founding partner at Helsinki Zürich Office. Mirjam has been a visiting professor at the PBSA Düsseldorf, worked as a researcher Institute of Urban Design at ETH Zurich and tutored several workshops internationally.
Bogdan Kapatsila
CANactions School education program coordinator and assistant tutor with a demonstrated history of working in the architecture & planning industry.
Tommy Mäkynen
A designer, researcher and consultant working in the fields of Architecture, Urban Design and Planning at helsinkizurich (Helsinki Zürich Office Ltd) as a partner and principal.
Urs Thomann
A Swiss urban planner, co-founder and co-curator of Education at CANactions School for Urban Studies. As a practitioner, he is pro- moting new tools for guiding Urban Development in Ukraine. He curated the development of the "Integrated Urban Transport & Spatial Planning Strategy" for Vinnytsia and mentored the fi phase of the "Integrated Urban Development Concept" for Zhytomyr.
Vladyslav Tyminskyi
A strategic designer, and researcher. In 2016-2017 he worked for two projects of GIZ in Ukraine on the position of a Chief Urban Researcher and an External Consultant on Urban Development. Starting from 2015 he is a Program Director and a Co-curator of Education at CANactions School for Urban Studies.
Andrius Nemickas
An urban development specialist from the US and CANactions School Advisory Board member with a dual-degree MBA & MCRP from The University of North Carolina at Chapel hill (Class of 1998). He has lived and worked in Ukraine since 1999.
Viktor Zotov
A founder and chief architect of Architectural Bureau "Zotov &Co", Kyiv. Since 2008, he has been the founder and curator of International Architectural Festival CANactions, Kyiv. From 2015, he has also been the founder of CANactions School for Urban Studies.
Sergii Andrushchak
A leading expert in projects development of Chernivtsi City Council with Masters in Management and Administration from Chernivtsi Trade and Economy Institute (Class of 2013).
Pavlo Bohaychyk
A chief specialist of Accounting & Cultural Heritage Administration of Historic Environment at Lviv City Council with Teacher of History degree from Ivan Franko National University of Lviv (Class of 2008).
Iryna Demianiuk
An architect from Rivne, with Masters in Architecture from Lviv Polytechnic National University (Class of 2016).
Pavlo Kaspruk
A public activist from Chernivtsi with Masters in Management and Administration from Chernivtsi Trade and Economy Institute (Class of 2013).
Mariia Kostenko
An architect from Dnipro with Masters in Industrial and Civil Construction from Pridneprovsk State Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture (Class of 2014).
Nataliіa Patraboі
A Specialist of Planning Construction of Architecture Department at Chernivtsi City Council with Masters in Architecture from Lviv National Agrarian University (Class of 2009).
Olga Antoniuk
An architect from Vinnytsia, with a degree from Vinnytsia National Technical University (Class of 2013).
Mariia Gryshchenko
A sociologist from Kyiv, with Masters in Sociology from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (Class of 2012).
Maksym Kramar
An architect from Vinnytsia, with Masters in Municipal Construction and Servicing from Vinnytsia National Technical University (Class of 2009).
Maksym Kravchuk
An architect from Vinnytsia, with Masters in Architecture of Buildings and Structures from Lviv Polytechnic National University (Class of 2014).
Tetiana Voloshyna
A lanscape architect from Vinnytsia, with Masters in Municipal Construction and Servicing from Vinnytsia National Technical University (Class of 2010).
Evgeniya Dulko
A project manager at Mykolaiv Development Agency with Masters in Political Science from Black sea State University (Class of 2012).
Mykola Kostrytsya
A head of Zhytomyr City Council Economic Development Depart- ment, a city mayor envoy with PhD in Economics from Zhytomyr National University of Agriculture and Ecology (2009).
Kostiantyn Kuchabskyi
An architect from Kyiv and co-founder of "Ostriv" platform, with Masters in Architecture from Kyiv National University of Civil Engineering and Architecture (Class of 2014).
Maksym Vikarchuk
A head's assistant of Urban Planning & Land Relations Department of Zhytomyr City Council, with Masters from Kyiv National University of Civil Engineering and Architecture (Class of 2013).
Tetiana Ziatikova
A head of Infrastructure Projects & Energy Efficiency Division of Zhytomyr City Council, with Masters in International Economic Affairs from Kyiv International University (Class of 2012).
Oleksandr Androsov
A head of Transportation and Communication Department of Poltava City Council with Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Kharkiv State Academy of Railway Transport (Class of 2001).
Leonid Donos
A head of Department of Institute of Urban Development of Poltava City Council with Masters in Municipal Management from Academy of Personnel Management (Class of 2008).
Alevtyna Drazhenko
A project manager from Kyiv with Masters in Journalism from Lviv Ivan Franko National University (Class of 2012).
Dmytro Kozyrenko
An urban planning expert in "Integrated Urban Development in Ukraine" project, a head of NGO "CityLab" with Masters in Architecture from Poltava National Technical University (Class of 2013).
Iryna Matsenko
A head of Section of Monitoring & Territory Planning of Poltava City Council with Masters in Design of Architectural Space from Poltava National Yuriy Kondratyuk Technical University (Class of 2009).
Maria Pavlyshak
An architect from Ivano-Frankivsk with Masters in architecture from Lviv Polytechnic National University (Class of 2012).