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Activating Urban Periphery
in Eastern Europe
Romea Muryń (PL), Natalia Mysak (UA), Tinatin Gurgenidze (GE), Kostyantyn Mezentsev (UA)

In 2019-2020, CANactions Talk will hold a series of educational events that address the context of «micro rayons», mono-functional mass housing estates of the socialist period.

Microrayons today are characterized by polarizing development processes: on the one hand, the rapid decline, destruction and elimination of infrastructures (supply, mobility), residential buildings and open spaces are contrasted with rapid, destructive and elitist re-densification (housing, shopping malls). Both tendencies fundamentally impair the quality of life of the neighbourhood residents. They endanger the cohesion of the population and oppose sustainable urban development. Nevertheless, politics and municipalities in many Eastern European countries pay little attention to these developments. In order to involve an audience in understanding and enable dialogue about socialist urban planning revitalisation, we invite planners, architects, historians, anthropologists and researchers, all of whom are active practitioners, to analyse and discuss the past, present, and future lives of mass housing estates in Eastern Europe.

Romea Muryn, Program Director of СANactions School.

Nataliia Mysak, research fellow at the Center for Urban History of East-Central Europe in Lviv.

Tinatin Gurgenidze, co-founder of Tbilisi Architecture Biennial , coordinator for ACT UP project in Berlin.

Dr. Kostyantyn Mezentsev, Head of Department of Economic and Social Geography, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.


CANactions School is an educational platform, with offices in Kyiv and Amsterdam. Our mission is to enhance the creation of places and communities where people love to live and work. Since 2015 CANactions School runs post-graduate interdisciplinary Educational Programs in the field of Urban Studies, Integrated Urban Development and Strategic Spatial Planning in a context of local and global city challenges.
Within the 2019/20 educational program, CANactions School travels to 4 metropoles in western, northern and eastern Europe and explores their innovative approaches for creating more livable neighborhoods. Based on the findings, we develop new strategies for locally specific and globally relevant questions, considering spatial, economic, social and political measures. For more information please visit the «Creating Homes for Tomorrow» program web page.

ACT I UP is an international project dedicated to activating urban periphery in Eastern Europe, supported by the German Federal Foreign Office. In 2019-20 ACT | UP offers training for young urbanists from Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia and Russia for the revitalization of peripheral large housing estates.

19 September, 2019


English, Ukrainian

Volodymyrska Str. 43, Kyiv
admission by registration