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СANactions Magazine is a quarterly publication of essays, articles and interviews by critical and engaged professionals of a wide range of fields and young creative thinkers from all over the world.

IT IS AIMED TO investigate and rethink global urban challenges—both practically and theoretically—through the prism of post-socialist states, by drawing together architecture, urbanism, and social science.

The first edition is dedicated to Mikrorayons – officially named Microdistricts or Microraions – have been designed as self-sustained districts with multifunctional residential units, made of prefabricated building elements, and have frequently been referred to as 'sleeping districts'. The severe housing shortage in the wake of WWII led to the emergence of large-scale planning which in effect rapidly increased the Soviet state's housing stock. By the end of its implementation, around 75% of all the population of Eastern Countries were living in large housing estates. Today, despite the disintegration of the union, the housing estates still fill the cityscape of most post-socialist states and the scale of their existence, indeed, does not allow us to ignore them.

The fundamental idea of a self-sustained district – access to everyday activities and green recreational areas within walking distance of the living unit to reduce time for daily commute – align with contemporary urban planning principles. The provision of socio-cultural infrastructures in the neighbourhood, pedestrianised access to public transport as well as safe distance to kindergartens and primary schools highlight their prevalence in contemporary spatial design. Arguably then, current practices for urban design have remained the same, regardless of a transforming political system or a change in governance. Furthermore, despite the recurring problems arising out of low quality of construction Soviet housing estates are still characterised by having a high social mix – a wide diversity of levels of income, tenure and social class living in the same neighbourhood. In other words, Mikrorayons have not deteriorated into places of social decline, demand for Large Housing Estates remains relatively high.

This approach in planning begets the following line of questions: does a change in governing bodies display a transformation in the basic needs of a society, especially how we live and form communities? Has the abandonment of these urban planning principles succeeded in creating more adequate, inclusive and liveable neighbourhoods in contemporary times?

Each edition is guided and curated by a Chief Editor and a specially invited Editorial Board, which consists of leading experts on relevant topics.

*This publication is considered as a property of CANactions School. You must not attribute the book and/or its materials in the manner specified by the editors ad authors of the publication. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or with any means without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Carola S. Neugebauer (RWTH Aachen University), Aleksandar Joksimovic (OMA/AMO), Eduardo Cassina (Chulalongkorn University), Philipp Meuser (Meuser Architekten Gmbh, DOM Publishers), Kostyantyn Mezentsev (Taras Shevchenko National University), Nataliia Provotar (Taras Shevchenko National University),Tinatin Gurgenidze-Schmitt (Tbilisi Architecture Biennial, Dekabristen E.v.), Irakli Kotchlashvili (Ilia State University), Romea Muryn (CANactions School, Locument), Karolina Matysiak (Kwartalnik Architektoniczny Rzut), Pavlo Fedoriv (CEDOS), Daria Rosh (AIESEC), Daryna Pyrogova (Consultant and facilitator for NGOs and international organizations), Nikita Bielokopytov (Architect and Researcher), Marta Popyk (Verkhovna Rada), Mirjam Niemeyer (Helsinki Zürich Office, CANactions School, ZHAW), Alena Shlyakhovaya (Soft Culture, Dvorulitsa), Ruslan Dokhov (Lomonosov Moscow State University), Den Humennyi (Postplaytheater), Iryna Tsyba (BUR Ø), Goda Verikaite (No Purpose), F.A.T. Forum For Architecture Theory, Yegor Vlasenko (MIT Department Of Urban Studies And Planning).

Romea Muryn (Chief Editor, CANactions School Program Director), Sara Anand (Foster+Partners) Natalia Mysak (Drozdov & Partners), Maya Shopova (Collective Home Office).

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Roman Klochko, Maria Kostenko, Yaroslav Nahlyk, Natalya Sinitsyna, Igor Tyshchenko, Anastasia Zhyshchynska.

CANactions Magazine Edition 02 ЗЕМЛЯ І THE LAND will be published on the 20th of August 2020.

CANactions Magazine is available online free of charge, with an attitude of inclusiveness and exchange. The publication is a collective work of an international team of like-minded people which can be supported by DONATION.