Start of the Studio phase of the Integrated Spatial Planning for Amalgamated Hromadas program
180 representatives from 30 amalgamated hromadas from 19 oblasts of Ukraine and 30 spatial planning practitioners attended the 5-day Workshop — the first of 5 Studio workshops running parallel in 5 joint groups in 5 LGDC-s of Ukrainian cities: Ivano-Frankivsk, Zhytomyr, Chernihiv, Dnipro and Kharkiv.

During the Workshop participants analyzed the main advantages, disadvantages, potentials, and challenges of the AH from a historical, environmental, infrastructural, economic, socio-political, architectural, and cultural perspective, localizing them in the spatial structure of the AH. Besides maps for structuring and systematizing the outcomes of the analysis, the groups applied the SWOT matrix and other relevant methods.

Specific emphasis was put on identifying and analyzing linkages between social, economic, political, cultural phenomena and spatial structures in the AH, such as public spaces, transport infrastructure, settlement structure, land-use patterns etc. together with relevant actors and stakeholders.

Based on the structured analysis outcomes, each group – supported by mentors formulated a development hypothesis, meaning an explanation for the most important issues/places, which have been identified and were considered as a key potential for sustainable development of AH and as a basis for the group project to be elaborated on the following phases of the Studio.

Each working group has developed a set of analytical maps and diagrams (in various scales); a map/diagram of stakeholders, actors and "target groups" most relevant to the elaboration of the Spatial Development Concept; spatial development hypothesis with mapped and textually formulated fields of action for the elaboration of a Spatial Development Concept and focus areas/topics.

"Integrated Spatial Planning for Amalgamated Hromadas" is organized by CANactions School with support from U-LEAD with Europe programme.
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