CANactions
Workshops
Since 2009, CANactions has been organizing and conducting international workshops on architectural and urban development topics, with the aim of expanding the practice of cooperation between representatives of various social and professional environments that are involved in decision-making process in city planning and urban development. Participants gain experience of cooperation in an international team led by well-known architects and urbanists from all around the world.
Shifting Perspectives

20 – 21.04.2018
This two-day workshop brings multi-scalar approach in order to examine rich history of Kiev riverbanks. Taking a relatively small sample of hill along the Dnipro river, we will develop shared and one-of-a-kind narrative by using collective inquiry as a pedagogical tool.
Walk starts at the controversial spot of People Friendship's Arch, with the spectacular view on Trukhaniv Island and its pedestrian bridge, and ends up at the beach with opposite view on celebrated Kiev panorama, this time with completely different soundscapes.
We will particularly look at the existing technical and cultural infrastructure (Water Museum, Puppet Theatre, River Port+Funicular, Park Bridge) not just as places of encounter, but also as commonly produced value and symbols of diminishing public life.
At the second day we will shift our walking perspective by observing first day route from the boat. Result will be a selection of layers of the collective critical map with an aim to serve as alternative tour for diverse urban explorers.

Detailed
DATES

Day 1 / 20.04 & day 2 / 21.04 10:00 – 13:00 /
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
12
FORMAT

2 days workshop
LANGUAGE

English
RESULTS
PRESENTATION
within the framework of the 11th CANactions Festival on April 20-21, 2018 in Kyiv.
TERMS OF
PARTICIPATION
The organizer provides all the participants from abroad and other cities of Ukraine (except from Kyiv) with the hostel accommodation.
PARTICIPANTS
PROFILE
Participants mixed professionally and gender-wise, interested in exploring and improving the researched area from the People Friendship's Arch to the pedestrian bridge leading to the Trukhaniv Island and Richkovyi Port zone. Participants are welcome to bring at least one personal story about this area.
CURATORS

Miodrag Kuč
ORGANIZER
Miodrag Kuč is an interdisciplinary artist and urban theorist trained as architect / urban planner in various cultural settings. His work explores the role of ephemeral structures in uncertain urban conditions and spatial appropriations of marginal social groups. He is founder of the studio ParaArtFormations which moves at the intersection of urban studies, performative-planning, artistic interventions and micro politics. Currenty he works as programme director and curator at ZK/U (Centre for Art and Urbanistics) Berlin, exploring new ways of knowledge production through the lenses of critical urban pedagogy.
Connections From The Fringe

20.04.2018
PART 1: SEE / FIND / MAKE
This three hour session will introduce participants to the approach, ethos and method of Architecture Fringe as a catalyst for change within Scotland. As an organisation they seek to observe and critique the culture, the practice and the output of architecture and design before utilising the resources that are immediately available to articulate new possibilities and future scenarios that will enhance our shared built environment.
For three hours you will work in a group to apply this approach to an area of Kiev, working together to observe the spaces that we occupy, identify possibilities for action, acquire resources and make interventions.

Detailed
The session will be organic, responsive, creative and will demonstrate the potential for rapid prototyping that builds collective and individual agency within our cities.
PART 2: REFLECT / DEBATE / DISCUSS
This two hour session will start with reflections on the emergence of Architecture Fringe in Scotland - its context, aims, and plans for the future - then will look at Test Unit - a specific project in Glasgow, Scotland looking at prototyping in public space and then expand to look at community agency within the context of Community Land Ownership in Scotland, both from a historical perspective, and as supported by new legislation.
DATES

Day 1 / 20.04 10:00 – 16:00 / Lavra Gallery
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
Part 1: up to 20 participants
Part 2: unlimited number of participants
FORMAT

PART 1: SEE / FIND / MAKE - Connecting People With Place: Ideas, Agency and Action
PART 2: REFLECT / DEBATE / DISCUSS - Contemporary Place-based Activism In Scotland
LANGUAGE

English
RESULTS
PRESENTATION
within the framework of the 11th CANactions Festival on April 20-21, 2018 in Kyiv.
TERMS OF
PARTICIPATION
The organizer provides all the participants from abroad and other cities of Ukraine (except from Kyiv) with the hostel accommodation.
PARTICIPANTS
PROFILE
Anyone interested in initiating cultural and institutional change within their own contexts/organisations, and those interested in a 'hands on' approach to observing and engaging in the built environment.
CURATORS

Lee Ivett, Akiko Kobayashi, Andy Summers, Neil McGuire
ORGANIZER
The Architecture Fringe was founded in 2015 by a group of architects, designers, photographers, engineers, visual artists and curators to encourage public debate about architecture and design in Scotland within its broader cultural and socio-political context. The Architecture Fringe is a non-profit registered Community Interest Company run by a team of dedicated volunteers.

Platform's work is highly praised and we work hard undertaking the following:
– Supporting new work and emerging practice in architecture in Scotland
– Developing a friendly but critical community of voices to connect, support and challenge each other
– Offering a platform to encourage a wider conversation about architecture in Scotland in a contemporary cultural and socio-political context
– Engaging internationally with other people and organisations
Pioneering collaboration: how 'temporary' projects can
build lasting partnerships


21.04.2018
The London Festival of Architecture (LFA), building up on the success of the Dulwich Pavilion in 2017 and other temporary projects, will host a workshop on how to set up a project that can serve as an ideal platform for cross-disciplinary cooperation between an emerging architecture practice and a prestigious public institution. The workshop will be run by Tamsie Thomson (director, LFA) and Rosa Rogina (head of programme, LFA) who are both hugely experienced in running international and collaborative projects.

Detailed
DATES

Day 2 / 21.04 10:00 – 13:00 / Lavra Gallery
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
20
FORMAT

3-hours workshop
LANGUAGE

English
RESULTS
PRESENTATION
within the framework of the 11th CANactions Festival on April 20-21, 2018 in Kyiv.
TERMS OF
PARTICIPATION
The organizer provides all the participants from abroad and other cities of Ukraine (except from Kyiv) with the hostel accommodation.
PARTICIPANTS
PROFILE
Architects, designers, cultural institutions, NGOs
CURATORS

Tamsie Thomson (director, LFA) and Rosa Rogina (head of programme, LFA)
ORGANIZER
The London Festival of Architecture (LFA), now in its 14th year, is Europe's largest annual architecture festival that features hundreds of events all over London from 1-30 June, with other activities also taking place throughout the year. It is a unique annual event that brings together key government figures and opinion-formers, world-renowned cultural organisations, every corner of the architectural profession and a broad public audience of over 400,000 people. LFA is committed to testing ideas and providing creative solutions within our built environment.

In previous years, these have included the temporary closure of Exhibition Road, a heavy traffic road in London's Museum Quarter in West London, with several installations, which led to its eventual transformation into one of London's most successful public spaces. This and other interventions not only left a built legacy in the city, but also benefited both architects and public institutions by providing opportunities for collaboration between different types of organizations.
WORKSHOP "ENCHANTED KYIV BY THE DNIRO"

11 – 15.12.2017
The Dnipro, the emblematic river of Ukraine, has a strong imagination. The river has been seeing the city of Kyiv growing and evolving. Today, it forms an axis, between history, industry, poetry and geographical form: what uses has it in the city? How does the river connect with Kyiv?

This introductory workshop is open to all architects, landscape architects, students and qualified specialists who want to investigate the process of drawing as a method to learn how to perceive, observe and represent the numerous interactions between the Dnipro river and the city of Kyiv. This workshop will encourage visual thinking as a formative tool for problem-solving that provides a means to envision a sustainable future. The focus will be on the critical coordination between hand, mind, and idea.

Detailed
PARTICIPANTS
PROFILE
students, young professionals, urban planners, landscape architects, architects and all those interested by the landscape
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
12
TUITION
FEE
1 000 UAH
LANGUAGE

English
CURATORS
BRUNO TANANT is a co-founder of TN+ agency, landscape architect. He is a graduate and lecturer in l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Paysage in Versaille, invited professor in schools of architecture in Paris, Lyon and Grenoble. He is also a member of the state council of landscape architecture.

MATHILDE SIVRÉ is a graduate of l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Paysage in Versaille. During her participation in exchange program ERASMUS in Hanover, Germany, she was elaborating the diploma project about the future of new Soviet cities on an example of Noviy Rozdil (Ukraine).
PROGRAM
Day 1: Research -- What is the representation of the Dnipro in the collective imaginary? What is the history of the Dnipro and its relations with Kyiv?

Day 2: Design at a big scale – The Dnipro give geographical interesting forms, how we can use it and propose a large scale sketch?

Day 3: Visiting the city – By foot, cross the city for measured the space, choose one site, analysis by drawing…

Day 4-5: Design – The aim is to arrive at a master plan that shows a composition that makes it possible to anticipate an urban planning program and propose an "identity" for a future neighborhood or "piece of city".
INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP
MYSTETSKYI ARSENAL: SPATIAL DEVELOPMENT SCENARIOS

May-June2017
The workshop is aimed at elaboration of the spatial development scenarios for 'Mystetskyi Arsenal' established by the interdisciplinary teams under the curator's and tutors' guidance including:

a/ spatial development ("hard transformations"): project-planning suggestions that should lead to long-term and step-by-step transformations of certain buildings and spaces of Mystetskyi
Arsenal taken the current challenges and opportunities into consideration

b/ experience development ("soft transformations"): proposals of the creation and usage of the Arsenal spaces and buildings, strategically aimed to create new experience and interaction with
the space of Mystetskyi Arsenal.

Detailed
FORMAT
6-day international and interdisciplinary workshop in the framework of the 10th International Architecture Festival CANactions 2017 (with full-time involvement)
CURATOR
Mirjam Niemeyer /
helsinkizurich / FI, CH
TUTORS
Víctor Cano Ciborro,
Fani Kostourou,
Adriana Pablos /
Future Architecture Platform: call for ideas 2017
DATES
May 29 - June 3, 2017
LOCATION

Mystetskyi Arsenal
(10-12 Lavrska St., Kyiv, Ukraine)
WORKING
LANGUAGE
English
PARTICIPANTS'
PROFILE
Critically-thinking practitioners, researchers, and artists with background in urban design, city planning, and architecture, economics, political and cultural studies, journalism, sociology and other related fields
RESULTS
PRESENTATION
DAY 2 / 03.06
10:00 / MAIN STAGE, hall 9
INTRODUCTION
National Cultural-Arts and Museum Complex 'Mystetskyi Arsenal' is a large-scale cultural project of national and international importance in the historic center of Kyiv. Its mission is to promote the modernization of Ukrainian society and integration of Ukraine into the global context, based on the axiological potential of culture.

The Arsenal (fr.) was originaly built as the factory for repair, manufacture, and storage of weapons. It was built in 1783-1801 according to the project by Lieutenant-General Ivan (Johann) Meller for the needs of the Kyiv garrison. The Old Arsenal Building is the historical and architectural monument of the state importance situated on the territory of the Old Kyiv-Pechersk fortress.

During the Independence of Ukraine, starting from 2005, Arsenal became the cultural and artistic institution and got the name 'Mystetskyi Arsenal' with the total area of 9.8 hectares and the exhibition area of the Old Arsenal building of 56.000 sq.m. Nowadays the Mystetskyi Arsenal complex is partly in a state of reconstruction and construction that's why only 12.000 square meters are being used for art projects and events.

One of the Mystetskyi Arsenal's main task is to create and continually expand the atmosphere of freedom and creative collaboration that is based upon the human dignity respect, solidarity, critical and responsible thinking. In order to achieve that spatial changes are needed in the sphere of space creation, which is close towards a modern person lifestyle and reflects the horizontal communication, equality and the accessibility requirements.
WORKSHOP & VIDEO INSTALLATION
CYCLING CITIES

May 2017
If you have a certain interest in city planning, in architecture and in urban issues like infrastructure and a certain interest in storytelling and filmmaking - this workshop is for you.

At least you should have some skills in filming and editing (can be on a very basic level with the simplest editing program).
The workshop is about to improve your observation and storytelling skills on urban issues.

Detailed
FORMAT
7-day workshop & video installation in the framework of the 10th International Architecture Festival CANactions 2017 (with full-time involvement)
CURATOR
Jord den Hollander / NL
DATES
22/05 - 27/05 - distant work

28/05 - 03/06 - workshop
WORKING LANGUAGE
English
PARTICIPANTS'
PROFILE
Young architects and those who are interested architecture
Those who know Kyiv in-and-out
Those who are interested in cycling and can't imagine their life without a bicycle
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
25
WORKSHOP
PARTNER
RESULTS
PRESENTATION
DAY 1 / 02.06
15:00 / MAIN STAGE, hall 9
ABOUT THE PROJECT
'CYCLING CITIES'

Dutch director Jord den Hollander compares traditional bicycle cities with each other. In a flow of synchronized shots, cyclists are followed on their tour through the city. How are the cities experienced at the pace and the point of view of a cyclist. Cycling Cities is not another activists cry to point out what measures should be taken to make cities more bicycle-friendly. It is a poetic cry for a different mindset, a love story with a constant cycle.

During this project, they have filmed in 8 cities since Amsterdam, Beijing, Budapest, Milan, Havana, Mexico City, Taipei and Tirana.

When shown for the first time at the 2014 Beijing Design Week the film found an enthusiastic welcome and was praised by its simple, strong and effective underlying message. Also 6 cities were showed side by side at the 2015 Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam and in 2016 - in the Domus Gallery in Milan during the Biennale.

In January this year the Cycling Cities project was used as a proclamation for cycling in Tirana and shown for the City Council. As a result, the Mayor promised to build 10 K of new bicycle lanes. The team never expected this side effect: the project grew from a conceptual idea to an activist statement about the use of bicycles in cities that are still dominated by cars.

During the International Velo City event in June the film with all different cities will be screened.
ABOUT WORKSHOP

The workshop will have 2 parts.

Firstly, all participants will get a 'homework' - they will have to find the identical locations in Kyiv following the tutor's brief: bridges, parks, office buildings, shopping streets, iconic buildings etc.
During the second part of the workshop, participants will spend a week with the tutor, researching chosen locations in Kyiv, developing a scenario and filming their cycling process.
The final result for each group of participants will be a 3 minutes film on Cycling in Kyiv, filmed himself on any camera at hand.

The results will be presented at the CANactions festival as a video installation.
ABOUT CURATOR
Jord den Hollander is a Dutch architect and filmmaker. During his education as an architect at the Technical University of Delft, he developed a special interest in writing and filmmaking. After getting his master degree in architecture he was educated in scriptwriting at the London Film School. During his professional career, he combined both disciplines in numerous projects. His architectural work has been awarded and internationally published in magazines and books. He received many international awards for his television series, films and documentaries on art and architecture. In 2004 he wrote 60 episodes for a highly acclaimed children television series on art and science. It received the highest international award for children's television, The Prix Jeunesse, in 2005.

The past few years his architecture designs and filmmaking become more and more combined. A spectacular design of a mobile children's library became literally a "moving experience". The building of his latest design, a Centre for Architecture for children, was filmed as an educational project for television.

Jord den Hollander published about architecture and filmmaking in different international magazines and was the author of a variety of books on architecture, architectural history and building. He is lecturing at the Design Academy in Eindhoven, the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam and the Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam.

In 1990 he founded the Architecture and Film Festival Rotterdam (AFFR) that has become the biggest festival of its kind in the world.