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International Commissioned Urban Design Blitz-Competition Concept of New Public Space for New Podil in Kyiv, Ukraine

2018 рік
We continue to introduce the practice of holding architectural competitions as an effective tool for urban development in Ukraine. The educational platform CANactions and RIVERSIDE / SAGA DEVELOPMENT in partnership with the Perfect Group are announcing a commissioned International Urban Design Blitz-Competition titled the Concept of New Public Space for New Podil in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Client: SAGA Development/Riverside Development in partnership with Perfect Group
Organiser: CANactions
The Support: Kyiv Organization of National Union of Architects in Ukraine, Podilska district state administration in the city of Kyiv, Magellan GIS
Format: The Competition is held as a commissioned one-round international urban design blitz-competition. The total of 5 expirienced foreign teams are taking part as the participants.

Competition Relevance
Podil is an important historical Kyiv district where the majority of the historical monuments are located. Most of the walking paths cross the Podil yet not being integrated and organized along the Dnipro river and other picturesque Podil areas because of limited by former industrial zones access. Nowadays, private companies set up for erecting mixed-use residentional areas on the former industrial plots, despite the fact that the existing recreational, public, and tourist infrastructure remain unintegrated into the overall spatial context. In order to solve this issue, it was decided to hold a competition for the best development of the public space of New Podil concept, which will become a catalyst for the new use of these territories and will allow its organic integration into the urban fabric.

Competition Purpose: To identify the best project offers of comfortable public space of New Podil, which will meet the needs of the territory users and activate a new district as well as to propose a number of new connections that will integrate the new district into the urban fabric.

Competition Tasks
■ to convert former warehouse and industrial areas into a new public space with elements of public, tourism, recreational infrastructure;
■ to integrate the competition site into the existing historical and cultural urban environment context;
■ to create a comprehensive spatial program for the public space, including the embankment, the boulevard, and the square;
■ to consider the including of the new public space in the existing pedestrian routes and thus to expand the pedestrian ring;
■ to offer solutions that can be transformed for different activities and formats of use in the summer and winter seasons by all the population groups.
Competition Agenda
28.02.2018 — announcement of the competition designing start
20.04.2018 — winner announcement at the International Architecture Festival CANactions 2018 and public presentation of the competition participants
20-21.04.2018 — exhibition of the projects at the International Architecture Festival CANactions 2018.
Ken Smith — Ken Smith Workshop, USA
Louise Fiil Hansen — SLA, Norway
Mirjam Niemeyer — helsinkizurich, Germany/Switzerland
Martijn de Wit — Amsterdam Cityhall, Netherlands
Andriy Vavrysh — CEO SAGA Development, Ukraine
Hanna Bondar — art historian, architect, executor of Chief Architect of Kyiv in 2015-2016, Ukraine
Yuriy Khudyakov — architect, Honored architect of Ukrainian SSR, People's Architect of Ukraine, Ukraine
The winner announcement and projects exhibition will take place in frame of the CANactions International Architecture Festival 2018 in Kyiv on April, 20-21.