Moderator:Romea Muryń, CANactions School Program Director.
Speakers:Dr.-Ing. Carola Silvia Neugebauer, Associate Professor at RWTH Aachen University, Germany.
Prof. Kostyantyn Mezentsev, a Head of the Department of Economic and Social Geography at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.
Aleksandar Joksimović, an architect at OMA/AMO in Rotterdam.
The concept of self-sustainable districts became appropriated and associated with the economic period of early Soviet modernism – the Khrushchev Era and "Mikrorayons" – large housing estates. The drastic political transformation, the process of globalisation and massive privatisation, lead to distinct transformation processes in those settlements after the breakdown of the socialist system. "Mikrorayons" are often associated with inhumane architecture, unwelcoming public space and unending repetition, attributed to strict design requirements and economic limitations in a rigid centralised system. Nowadays, Mikrorayons are experiencing a great number of problems both in spatial and social dimensions, and their regeneration has been a critical problem in post-socialist cities.
What is the global future of "Mikrorayons" as a large housing estate typology? What are their potentials and how can we reflect on them? Do we have the need and capability to appropriate them under new socio-cultural systems? What is their relevancy in contemporary urban life?