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.

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.

students, young professionals, urban planners, landscape architects, architects and all those interested by the landscape
1 000 UAH

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).
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".

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.

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

Mystetskyi Arsenal
(10-12 Lavrska St., Kyiv, Ukraine)
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
DAY 2 / 03.06
10:00 / MAIN STAGE, hall 9
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.

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.

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

28/05 - 03/06 - workshop
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
DAY 1 / 02.06
15:00 / MAIN STAGE, hall 9

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.

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.
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.