Html code will be here

Within the 2019/20 educational program, CANactions School travels to 4 metropoles in western, northern and eastern Europe and explores their innovative approaches for creating more livable neighborhoods. Based on the findings, we develop new strategies for locally specific and globally relevant questions, considering spatial, economic, social and political measures.
Program Theme
"Contemporary cities are undergoing spatial and societal transformation processes in various scales, with global challenges like climate change, global migration and ongoing urbanization. From the past decades we see that accommodating growth is a complex question, running the risk of creating unsustainable, monofunctional neighborhoods, which are in a downward spiral of social segregation, left in a strong programmatic dependence by means of transport from other parts of the city.

The ongoing urbanization processes in the growing metropolitan areas are simultaneously a challenge and huge potential for cities, where quantity and cost-efficiency of housing are important, but so is the improvement of quality of life for new and old citizens. In this context, cities have to develop new and innovative ways in various scales, integrating different disciplines to make themselves "fit for the future".

Aiming to develop future-oriented, resilient living environments, many cities today are facing new – more pointed – questions than just organizing affordable housing for the masses: creating momentums of urbanity in new neighborhoods, diversifying the offering in response to societal changes, renewing existing housing stock, re-use of buildings, densifying existing urban areas, resource-efficient city-expansions, as well as creating more open space quality and attractivity for existing neighborhoods.

In the frame of the Program, participants challenge and link Architecture, Urbanism, Sociology, History and Policy-making, learn and practice the principles of an integrated approach to urban development and elaborate strategies based on the key
findings of multiscale empirical research. Urban development strategies should be based on an integrated approach to be transformative and sustainable but at the same time sensitive to the context.

In a series of 4 seasonal schools, held in Amsterdam, Zurich, Helsinki and Kyiv, participants tackle the actual discourse regarding contemporary living environments in European metropoles receiving an influx of new inhabitants and in which different top-down, co-operative or bottom-up strategies were emerging lately. We look at it and work with it through different levels of city production, from the level of policy making to urban strategies, urban planning to urban design and architectural design."

Mirjam Niemeyer, Program Curator
The program aims to develop a culture of urban research, design and
a discourse that enables the participant to develop urban strategies
and design scenarios. The program facilitates:
Building your network—among program peers, as well as representatives of architecture and planning offices, city administrations and academia in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Finland and Ukraine;
Professional and cultural exchange—discourse between different disciplines and cultural backgrounds;
Increasing knowledge—research, design and discourse about specific to context questions, as well as learning from each other by working together in groups;
Enhancing your working skills—through encounters with best practice housing projects and collaboration with world-class educators and professionals.
"Creating Homes for Tomorrow" is a non-degree program. Upon the completion of studies (in full or modular form), the program graduates receive a certificate issued by CANactions School and verified by the program curator. The program participants have a chance to become presenters at
XIII CANactions International Architecture Festival, one of the biggest annual architecture gatherings in Eastern Europe (to be held in Kyiv in May 2020). The program outcomes will be disseminated among professional networks and academia by CANactions Publishing.
the four cities
The program is exposed to the housing context of the three European cities that are widely acclaimed for their high living quality – Amsterdam, Zurich and Helsinki, and absorbs their practices to specifically address the housing challenges of the rapidly expanding Eastern European metropolis of Kyiv.
Each workshop is organized as on-site exploration of a local housing context in one of the four studied cities and involves:
- Work on a real-life housing case in focus teams, addressing various aspects of housing design and development;
- Study visits to best practice housing projects sites and meeting their authors;
- Interaction with local experts, including host city administration, architecture and planning offices, educational institutions and civil society representatives.
like all communes in the Netherlands, has a long tradition and strong urban planning culture where the efficient use of resources is a central matter. To work against ongoing segregational tendencies, the Netherlands recently passed a law introducing new strategies against spatial segregation. The city also aims at tools supporting individual ownership and affordable housing aiming at diversifying the housing market.

Submission of the applications is closed.

PARTNERS: Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, Architectural Prescription, Amsterdam Federation of Housing Associations, City of Amsterdam
is known for its long tradition in housing cooperatives from which outstanding bottom-up co-housing projects evolved in last decades. Within their processes of creation, new participatory models for integrating future inhabitants and users were developed. Because of the great success of their projects, the bottom-up housing cooperatives became a player in the market and today are driving innovative approaches in the field.

Submission of the applications is closed.

PARTNERS: helsinkizurich, Zurich University for Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Stadt Zurich Stadtentwicklung
is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. Within the last decade, the city transformed its centrally located former harbor areas into future-oriented neighborhoods and is also aiming at developing its highways into multifunctional urban boulevards. Finland has a long tradition of building with pre-fabricated elements aiming at provision of low cost housing.

Submission of the applications is closed.

PARTNERS: Aalto University, City of Helsinki, helsinkizurich
is currently undergoing fast urbanization processes resulting in a growth at its border areas and in a transformation of industrial areas in its center. The transformation of old harbor areas reveal the future potential of creating a new waterfront for the whole city. Besides providing infrastructure for its growth in new territories, the city has a need to renew the housing stock from the socialist times.

Submission of the applications is closed.

PARTNERS: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Gmbh, ACT|UP, ZOTOV&CO
The program is targeted to graduates and professionals with a specific interest to explore challenges in urban development, particularly in the context of urban housing production and consumption. In particular, we are looking for: – young professionals from the fields of Architecture, Urban Design, Urban Planning and Civil Engineering; - critical thinking researchers and professionals with background in social sciences (Economics, Political Sciences, Sociology, Human Geography, Anthropology or other).

The program seeks applicants who have an open mind towards interdisciplinary collaborations and teamwork in an intercultural environment. The following characteristics are viewed as an asset for the selection process:
– ability to adopt a complex perspective on urban development as an integrative process with multiple stakeholders;
– interest in the field of housing design or policy making in the field;
– proved proficiency in essential skills in one's field of studies.
CANactions School offers programs at post-graduate level that require a university degree. Professional experience is desirable, as well as experience of working in a team. In absence of professional experience, the outcomes of student projects or any extracurricular activities will be considered. The working language of the program is English, so the minimum expected proficiency is at B2 level (based on self-evaluation and proved over a Skype interview if necessary). Those applicants who have valid certificates of internationally recognized English language tests (IELTS, TOEFL) are encouraged to submit them as part of CV.

CANactions School supports its alumni in finding suitable internship/job opportunities at partner offices across Europe. The program graduates also become part of a vibrant alumni network, with further research and / or teaching opportunities provided by the School and its partner institutions.
education program team
The educational program teaching staff is composed of the curator, program director, mentors, lecturers, and invited experts from the wide international network of CANactions School who have professional experience in both academia and praxis and are well acquainted with contemporary challenges and development processes in Western and Eastern European cities. The program continues to build on its expertise on design methodologies and researching case studies, while bringing together a range of experts from internationally acclaimed academic institutions and practices which dealing with housing projects.
Participants become a part of an active learning environment where discourse and debates will be encouraged between mentors/tutors and participants. In addition, the learning process is articulated with review critics and field trips in order to bring broader learning experience. We open the discussion to the local community, administration, cooperatives and agencies operating in the field of housing as well as well as local artists, academics, activists, and users of the daily scenarios of selected case studies.
Mirjam Niemeyer is an architect, urban designer and founding partner at Helsinki Zürich Office which was established in 2010. The office has branches in Zurich and Helsinki. Mirjam works as a designer and researcher in the fields of architecture, urban design and planning in an international context and has won several international prizes for architectural and urban design projects.

Mirjam has been a visiting professor at the PBSA Düsseldorf and assistant professor at the Institute of Urban Design at Prof. Kees Christiaanse at the ETH Zurich, where she led and conducted the "s5-city project", an urban research and design project about the agglomeration of Zurich. She has tutored several international workshops and published internationally. Mirjam is a member of the Advisory Board of CANactions School and has curated and mentoredCANactions School educational programs since 2016.
Romea Muryń is a Polish architect and urban planner. After receiving her master's degree from West Pomeranian University of Technology, Szczecin, Poland and her bachelor's degree from the School of Design and Technology, Copenhagen, Denmark she worked for 8 years as an architect in leading design practices—JDS, COBE, REX, BIG and OMA.

Romea also successfully completed the postgraduate programme 'Hybrid Urbanism' at Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design and worked as a leading architect and urban strategist at KB Strelka, Moscow, Russia, taking part in the projects 'My Street' large-scale urban renovation program and, 'Key Public Spaces: Improvement in 40 Cities of Russia'. Romea was an adjunct Professor at INDA International Program in Design and Architecture, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. She is co-founder of the studio Locument, established in 2015
Aalto University, Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, Architectural Prescription, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Gmbh., helsinkizurich, Zurich University for Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Activating Urban Periphery in Eastern Europe Programme with support from the German Federal Foreign Office, Stadt Zurich Stadtentwicklung, City of Amsterdam, City of Helsinki, Familienheim Genossenschaft Zürich (FGZ), ZOTOV&CO
Previous Example / Next Example
Дякуємо, вашу заявку прийнято.