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ADVANCED STUDIES IN INTEGRATED URBAN DEVELOPMENT
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.
ADVANCED STUDIES IN INTEGRATED URBAN DEVELOPMENT 2017/18
Curator: Urs Thomann, CH
Type: Advanced Professional Program with Joint Certificate of the CANactions School and international partners
Duration of the course: 7 months (October 16, 2017 – April 20, 2018)
Format: Part-time basis program that comprises 4 educational Blocks of 2 weeks each
Language: English, Ukrainian
Number of students: Up to 24
In 2017/18 academic year, the CANactions School offers a new advanced-level educational program for working professionals in the field of urban development. Based on the CANactions School methodology, the program is aimed at introducing strategic design and integrated planning approach to the real-life functioning of Ukrainian cities considered in a wider context of dynamic transformations in Central-Eastern Europe and developing countries at large.

Detailed about the program
About
In 2017/18 academic year, the CANactions School offers a new advanced-level educational program for working professionals in the field of urban development. Based on the CANactions School methodology, the program is aimed at introducing strategic design and integrated planning approach to the real-life functioning of Ukrainian cities considered in a wider context of dynamic transformations in Central-Eastern Europe and developing countries at large.

For this, the School provides applied methods and tools for comprehensive and multiscale analysis of complex urban environment, which will allow our participants to develop effective scenario-based planning and design proposals, along with prototyping and moderating the implementation of pilot projects.

We cultivate teamwork and learning-by-doing approach in the educational process and offer an interdisciplinary perspective on the complex urban context thanks to the involvement of international experts and mentors, organizing local and international study trips 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.

The program is designed for
Representatives of agencies for urban development and city institutes Open-minded executives of city administrations involved in urban development, urban design, and/or city planning Activists, representatives of NGOs which activities connected to urban development Urban entrepreneurs with strong interest in city development projects Young professionals from the field of Urban Design, Urban Planning, Architecture, and Civil Engineering who have at least 2-3 years of work experience Critical thinking researchers and professionals with background in Economics, Political and Cultural Studies, Journalism, Sociology, and other related fields who are interested in the exploration of current urban conditions in Ukraine and Central-Eastern European countries.
Program structure
The Advanced Studies in Integrated Urban Development (ASIUD) is a project-based program that consists of lectures and workshops, studio work in interdisciplinary groups, local and international study trips which are integrated into a step-by-step development of Graduation Projects (GPs). The projects will be identified and elaborated in multi-professional student groups under the supervision of an Education Program Team.

The participants will complete the program on a part-time basis over the 7 months (October 16, 2017 – April 20, 2018) that comprise 4 educational Blocks of 2 weeks each:

  • Block [1]: October 16-27, 2017
  • Block [2]: December 4-12, 2017
  • Block [3]: February 12-23, 2018
  • Block [4]: April 9-20, 2018

Each Block will be focused on a specific component of a student GP (such as an analysis, critical field study of foreign experience, vision and concept development, implementation strategy elaboration and testing). In the end of the ASIUD 2017/18 program, the participants will publicly present their GPs at the International Architecture Festival CANactions 2018.

For successful completing the ASIUD 2017/18program, the full and proactive involvement of each participant in all educational Blocks during the whole program is obligatory.

Education program team
The ASIUD 2017/18 program will be curated by Urs Thomann – a Swiss urban planner and Co-founder of the CANactions School for Urban Studies.

In addition to the Curator, the participants will work with an international team of Mentors responsible for:

  • introducing the integrated approach to design and planning while working on student GPs
  • support in identifying, elaborating, and publicly performing GPs
  • diagnosis of the project's key parts and phases
  • advising and tutoring team members
  • supporting the teams in organizing an efficient teamwork and project development process
  • guide the teams during all phases of the local study trips.

Each Block will be accompanying with a set of lectures and workshops held by experienced international and Ukrainian invited experts from such institutions as:

  • Laboratory of Critical Urbanism (EHU / Lithuania)
  • Hyper Island (Sweden)
  • Urban-Think Tank (ETH / Switzerland)
  • Kyiv School of Economics (Ukraine)
  • 'helsinkizurich' Architecture and Planning Consultancy (Finland / Switzerland)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (Germany)
  • Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design Lab (Stuttgart University / Germany)
  • Van de Wetering Atelier für Städtebau (Switzerland)
and others, bringing cutting edge theoretical and practical knowledge for the participants. The Admissions Committee will review the applications and send out invitations for the Skype interviews. All accepted participants will receive official confirmations and instructions for the next steps.
ADVANCED STUDIES IN INTEGRATED URBAN DEVELOPMENT 2016/17
Curator: Urs Thomann, CH
Type: Advanced Professional Program with Joint Certificate of the CANactions School and international partners
Duration of the course: 10 months (September, 2016 – June, 2017)
Format: Part-time (monthly 6 days-long sessions at the CANactions School in Kyiv and distant work throughout the semester); field trips to case study sites in Ukraine and abroad
Language: English, Ukrainian
Number of students: 22

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, Vinnitsa and Chernivtsi – as well as their connections with the surrounding settlements – will become the Program's case studies.

Detailed about the program
About
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.
Target group

This program is designed for:
■ civil servants of Ukrainian regional agencies for urban development;
■ open-minded executives of cities administrations;
■ activists, representatives of NGOs aimed at urban projects for real transformation of Ukrainian cities;
■ urban entrepreneurs with strong interest in city development projects;
■ local entrepreneurs who have a strong interest in urban development projects;
■ young Ukrainian professionals from the field of urban design, city planning and architecture;
■ critically-thinking intellectuals with background in economics, political and cultural studies, journalism and sociology;
■ researchers, interested in the exploration of developing countries urban conditions.
Program key topics
■ Strategic Urban Design & Planning
■ Environmental Management & Landscape Planning
■ Urban Economics & Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
■ Transportation Planning & Regional Development
■ Participatory Planning & Community Development
■ Tactical Urbanism
■ Urban Sociology and Anthropology
■ Data & Stakeholders Analysis
■ Project Management
■ Storymaking & Communication
Professional perspectives
Successful graduates of the Advanced Studies in Integrated Urban Development are prepared for challenging tasks in the sphere of urban development covering such areas as: development and consulting, strategic design and planning, urban management and creation of urban services, urban studies andv interdisciplinary research, development of urban communities. The graduates may take positions in governmental and specialized municipal institutions, non-governmental organizations and in the private sector formulating the strategic proposals for more sustainable and socially responsible city development.

The CANactions alumni become a part of expert community, that keeps connections between international and Ukrainian professionals, local communities, decisionmakers and other stakeholders involved in urban development of contemporary cities. This allows to receive guidance for their own projects implementation, participate in urban development programs initiated by Ukrainian and European partner organizations, conduct research projects in Ukraine and abroad, become interns and employees in leading European bureaus and companies focused on urban design, architecture, spatial and strategic planning, and urban studies.

Besides gained knowledge, developed multidisciplinary projects will be distributed through the media channels and printed publications of the CANactions School and the international partner organisations, becoming a valuable addition to the students CVs and portfolios.