CANactions
INTEGRATED
SPATIAL PLANNING
FOR AMALGAMATED HROMADAS

Free applied educational program for representatives of local government and professionals in the field of spatial planning.
Program duration:
11 months (part-time)
Studio duration:
5 months (January – May 2019, one week per month of intensive engagement)
Languages:
Ukrainian, English (with possibility of interpretation)
Location:
Kyiv and LGDC centers in Ukrainian regions
Number of participants:
— 180 participants from 30 Ukrainian hromadas,
— 30 spatial planning practitioners
Fee:
free of charge (including covering of costs of accommodation and travel within Ukraine)
THE CHALLENGE — DECENTRALIzATION REFORM
IN UKRAINE

The process of hromadas' (territorial communities) amalgamation in Ukraine is gaining momentum. Since the launch of decentralization reform in 2014, 758 amalgamated hromadas have been established (out of 1207 planned), with the overall population of 6.4 mn people and total area close to 32% of that of Ukraine. Being far more than just enlargement of territorial units, amalgamation is envisioned as a flagship action for fiscal decentralization, community empowerment and re-defining scale of provision of basic social infrastructure.

Supported with a number of international technical assistance and capacity building projects, decentralization reform in Ukraine may well be treated as an extension of European Cohesion Policy eastward of the EU border. Decentralization processes also indicate observed shrinking of rural settlements and continuous search for optimal territorial scale for sustainable governance.
All of these tasks bear their roots in spatial organization of Ukrainian hinterland and require overall strategic vision and spatial planning tools for its implementation. However, most of newly formed territorial communities lack necessary expertise for handling spatial component of strategic planning, while national-level planning organizations have little experience with community-based and participatory planning and tend to utilize post-Soviet inflexible top-down approach.

The observed gap in planning capacity is complemented by enigmatic context in which the decentralization reform takes place – that of socio-political, infrastructural, economic, cultural, ecological and spatial specifics of Ukraine's hinterland. In the country's dispersed settlement system, small urban and rural settlements – with their historical, social and cultural codes – remain neglected "in-between spaces", however preserving a potential to become a lens through which alternative visions for a future of the whole country could advance.
About
Integrated Spatial Planning for Amalgamated Hromadas program is focused on adaptation of European urban and regional development policies and strategic spatial planning toolkit to the specific scale and real-life functioning of newly formed territorial communities — amalgamated hromadas.

Spatial planning practitioners will work together with hromada representatives and jointly develop scenarios for the development of the settlements and territories of hromadas within the program's framework.

The program is created by CANactions School for Urban Studies, an independent education institution established in 2015 and based in Kyiv (Ukraine), aimed at exploration, identifying concepts and defining actions for urban development of Ukrainian cities — on strategic as well as tactical levels — considered in a broader context of dynamic transformations in Central-Eastern Europe and developing countries at large.

Based on the principles of teamwork and learning-by-doing, CANactions School for Urban Studies offers 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 between professionals in the group.
Program aims
● to develop a model of enhancing capacities of staff of amalgamated hromadas and other local stakeholders in preparation of local spatial development concepts. The model will receive practical application in 30 AH-s over the period between November 2018 and October 2019;
● to prepare and empower professionals in the fields of urban and regional development to introduce strategic design and integrated planning approach to the real-life functioning of amalgamated hromadas in Ukraine.
Program Structure
Program deliverables
For amalgamated hromadas:
● professional integrated analysis of available hromada's strategic and spatial planning documents; studying potentials and obstacles for spatial development of settlements within hromada in the context of broader region;

● development of a spatial development concept that could be further utilized for spatial planning and infrastructure development on hromada's territory in the next 10-15 years:

● development of prototype pilot projects (social infrastructure, public spaces, other local projects and initiatives) that can be utilized to attract investments;

● enhancing competences of hromada staff in assessment of planning documents and development of terms of reference for land-use and other technical plans;

● exchanging experience and best practices with representatives of other Ukrainian hromadas.
For spatial planning practitioners:
● applied learning experience in interdisciplinary research and strategic spatial planning curated by practitioners with international experience;

● experience of working with real cases of Ukrainian hromadas with a prospect to continue professional collaboration with local authorities and international technical assistance projects upon completion of the program;

● building skills in moderation of participatory planning process through working with representatives of amalgamated hromadas ;

● contributing to ongoing decentralization reform in Ukraine through promotion of sustainable spatial development practices in Ukrainian hromadas.


Education program team
Urs Thomann
Curator
CANactions School for Urban Studies
Swiss urban planner, co-founder and co-curator of Education at CANactions School for Urban Studies. As a practitioner, has been promoting new tools for guiding Urban Development in Ukraine, curated the development of the Integrated Urban Transport & Spatial Planning Strategy for Vinnytsia and mentored the first phase of the Integrated Urban Development Concept for Zhytomyr.
Andrius Nemickas
Mentor
CANactions School for Urban Studies
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), has lived and worked in Ukraine since 1999.
Iris Gleichmann
Mentor
Gleichmann Urban Management Office
Iris studied Architecture and Urban Planning in Stuttgart and London, worked at offices in Germany, Great Britain and Japan. From 2002 to 2009, she has been working as a director, later managing partner of the environment and city planning department (BUS), founded in Dresden. From 2009-2015, Director of the Ukrainian- German cooperation Project "Municipal Development and Rehabilitation of the Old City of Lviv" for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in Lviv. Since 2016, Gleichmann Urban Management Office in Dresden. Working as consultant to cities, ministries and GIZ in Urban Management and Local Self Governance, currently amongst others in Albania, India and Ukraine.
Rudolf Gräf
Mentor
CIM Expert at Chernivtsi City Council / GIZ Project Integrated Urban Development in Ukraine
Architect with a degree from Graz University of Technology (TU Graz), established the Vitamin Architects office in Romania, and worked on land use and urban development plans. Currently, works as an urban planner for the Chernivtsi city hall and GIZ Project Integrated Urban Development in Ukraine.
Benjamin Kohl
Mentor
planwerk arhitektura + urbanism
Benjamin graduated from the faculty of architecture and urbanism of the HfbK Hamburg, in 2003. He is a partner in the German-Romanian collaboration office Planwerk, based in Cluj (Romania); his professional activity includes urban planning and consultancy, architectural and public space design. Benjamin has been teaching architecture design and urban regeneration studios at the Technical University of Cluj for more than ten years.
Tiberiu Ciolacu
Mentor
planwerk arhitektura + urbanism
Tiberiu Ciolacu was trained as an architect and urban planner in Romania and Germany; he graduated from the Faculty of architecture and City Planning in Cluj, Romania, in 2005. He is a partner in the German-Romanian collaboration office Planwerk, based in Cluj (Romania); his professional activity includes urban planning and consultancy, architectural and public space design. Tiberiu has been teaching architecture design and urban regeneration studios at the Technical University of Cluj for more than ten years.
Romea Muryń
Mentor
INDA International Program in Design and Architecture, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok
Romea 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 in Copenhagen, New York, and Rotterdam. 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. Currently, she is an adjunct Professor at INDA International Program in Design and Architecture, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.
Yegor Vlasenko
Educational program director
CANactions School for Urban Studies
MA degree in Economics from Kyiv National Economics University and MSc in Urban Studies from Malmö University. Yegor did an internship at Nordregio institute in Stockholm, has relevant experience of managing educational programs at Kyiv School of Economics. He is now an Educational Programs Director at CANactions School for Urban Studies and is currently an advisor of GIZ project National Urban Development Policy in Ukraine.
Junior mentors
Kateryna Yakovets
Building Ukraine together
Architect of public spaces in Lviv Educational foundation project Building Ukraine together with a Bachelor degree in Architecture from National Aviation University in 2015. Graduate of CANactions School, 2018.
Daryna Pyrogova
CEDOS think-tank
Sociologist and researcher, for 10 years has been working on the design and conduction of social researches, including urban development. Now studies on her second MA in European Humanities University (Vilnius, LT). Graduate of CANactions School, 2018.
Olga Kononova
Citymakers
Works in urban consultancy, where participates in cultural programming of the territory. Last two years has been involved in urban projects such as «My Street» in Moscow and regional program «Comfort urban environment» in Yekaterinburg.
Vadym Denysenko
Kyiv Cyclists' Association
Vadym conducted advocacy campaigns in the field of sustainable urban transport development. He also consults for cities for Cycling Development Plans and Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP).
Maksym Kravchuk
Spatial Development Agency
Architect with experience in building design, urban environment design and development of planning documentation (for villages). He is nterested in urban planning and transport planning. Graduate of CANactions School, 2017.
Maksym Kramar
Spatial Development Agency
Architect, designer, urban planner, urban designer, member of the organization committee at architectural club ARCHICLUB/Vinnytsia. Graduate of CANactions School, 2017.
Anja Berestetska
Mobility Lab Project, (TUHH)
Urban analyst, city lover, and Alumna of CANactions School, 2015. She is learning about urban issues and solutions through living and working with local specialists on projects in several countries, translating the global approaches into the local context.
Natalia Mysak
Center for Urban History of East Central Europe
Architect and researcher. Since 2017 she is a fellow at the Center for Urban History of East-Central Europe in Lviv, where she is focused on the XX century urbanities. She completed postgraduate studies in the field of History and Theory of Architecture at Lviv Polytechnic (2017), was a guest researcher at the Department of Urban Studies at Malmö University (2015-2016), had an internship at the Vienna University of Technology (2013).
Mariia Palchuk
SE 'DIPROMISTO"
Junior researcher at SE 'DIPROMISTO", PhD student at the Department of Economic and Social Geography of the Faculty of Geography of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Graduate of CANactions School, 2018.
Alexander Shevchenko
Urban-group Comixans
Alexander is involved both in analytical and practical projects. Being experienced of studying and working in Ukraine, EU, Asia. He has a background in civil engineering and spatial planning. Graduate of CANactions School, 2015.
Oleksandr Korotkykh
Spatial Development Agency
Architect and city planner, head of the Spatial Development Agency, Vinnytsia. Scope of activity - development of strategic projects for the development of urban areas, the creation of public spaces, reconstruction of objects of the Soviet period.
Partners:
Participation in the program is free of charge thanks to support from U-LEAD with Europe: Ukraine – Local Empowerment, Accountability and Development Programme, a multi-donor action of the European Union and its Member States Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Poland and Sweden.
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