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CANactions Magazine Edition 02
ЗЕМЛЯ | THE LAND

ЗЕМЛЯ [ZEMLIA] | THE LAND IS ONE OF THE FIRST CONNOTATIONS COMING TO MIND WHEN ONE THINKS ABOUT RURAL REALMS AND ITS INHABITANTS. IT IS STILL A VALUABLE PART OF THE VILLAGE AND SMALL-TOWN CITIZENS LIFESTYLE WITH TRADITIONS OF HOUSEHOLD FARMING AND GARDENING.

RURAL POPULATIONS OF POST-SOVIET BLOC COUNTRIES FOR CENTURIES HAVE BEEN DRAMATICALLY INFLUENCED BY THE SHIFTS OF ZEMLIA OWNERSHIP MODELS AND TECHNOLOGIES OF CULTIVATION. THEY WENT THROUGH INTENSIVE MODIFICATIONS AFTER SOVIET COLLECTIVE FARMS DISINTEGRATED IN 1991.

THE LARGE AGRICULTURAL TRANSFORMATIONS OF POST-SOCIALIST STATES FADED IN THE BACKGROUND. THE ECONOMY GRADUALLY SHIFTED TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND THEIR INDUSTRIES SUPPORTED THE NEW "PROGRESSIVE" FUTURE OF THE POST-SOCIALIST CITIES IN THE GLOBALIZATION PROCESSES.

The wave of fiscal decentralization and administrative-territorial reforms after the Soviet collapse brought new life to rural territories of post-socialist bloc, such as Poland (1990 and 1999), Slovakia (2002), Ukraine (2014). With that in mind we want to ask, what do we know about this new life? How do these territories and its inhabitants function today? How global challenges affect these territories and how they response to them?

We want to apply general questions to specific territories. Is countryside our past or, maybe, also our future, as Rem Koolhaas seems to hint, pointing out that the most drastic transformations are happening there these days. Is it a source of our civilization and economy or, as Jane Jacobs suggested in "The Economy of Cities", just a product of a city? Is it a refuge, as once was Ebenezer Howard's "Garden City" for the industrial XIX century industrial metropolis, or an exile, as the current patterns of rural-urban migration suggest?

Does it even exist? If we are to believe Neil Brenner and Christian Schmid, we currently witness a new scale of urbanization that makes the city-countryside dichotomy obsolete and leaves no room for non-urban spaces (or those not affected by the urban).


CANactions Magazine Edition 02 is meant to explore "LAND" and its inhabitants to collect and share with the world the most actual and relevant portrait of contemporary post-socialist states countryside.
ARCHITECTURE PORTRAIT
aims to address and reflect on the emerging typologies that are becoming a new rural vernacularity – elaborating on their designs, conditions and policies. Apart from residential areas, new Enterprise Architecture is appearing as a supplementary element to the rural landscape – from agro enterprises to logistics hubs and industrial warehouses. Their volumes and footprints expand to an inhuman scale with minimal integral planning behind it, often excluding architects and urban designers in the creation processes. With that in mind, how could we imagine the implementation of new typologies into the current conditions? How can we preserve existing local architectural and cultural heritage, and public institutions – culture houses, clubs, village councils – and the characteristics of the public events they host – fairs, public holidays, public assemblies? What is their relevance in contemporary rural life?
RURAL PORTRAIT
is intended to explore the backbone of rural economy and of "ruralism" as a development and lifestyle paradigm. Historically, a specific emphasis has been on the "connection to the earth" that describes both economic and sentimental attachment of the rural population. However, contemporary agriculture and other works on land have long departed from the idyll of small farming and gardening and are primarily focused on the concentration of capital. How should the way of doing business of a typical agroholding, large-scale and often focused on monocrops, be assessed in the context of small rural settlements? How spatial planning can address a drastic mismatch between the planning scale of agroholdings that operate tens of thousands of hectares and settlement master plans that face the urge of planning for rapid shrinking? Finally, what are the perspectives of those who, own, operate or live on rural land when the skies bring no rain and irrigation ponds shallow together with village wells?
SOCIAL PORTRAIT
aims to explore the contemporary population of rural realms. What are the values, attitudes and beliefs of villagers and small-town residents? Is there a specific identity of farmers, working migrants, summer homes (dachas) residents, rural youth, retired population? How do they connect to this territory and what keeps them there? Political, military and economic shifts bring new inhabitants to rural territories – labor migrants, refugees, internally displaced persons, downshifters who have to deal with change of their life conditions and build relations with local communities. What are the integration strategies used and how successful are they?
ECOSYSTEM PORTRAIT
raises awareness of the incremental growth of rural infrastructure and technology in order to "supply" the city (as a background of the city's resources), imposing a series of questions concerning the preservation of rural ecosystems. The impact of human procedures on natural resources (food production, industry, logistics, transportation services), both in rural and urban contexts exposes them as spatial agents of environmental changes. How can we use agriculture and natural land in order to avoid rendering the earth uninhabitable? What are the tools we can utilize to preserve ecosystems and pursue sustainable development?
EDITORIAL TEAM
Romea Muryń (Chief Editor), CANactions School Program Director
Vadym Denysenko, CANactions School Program Director
Yegor Vlasenko, Visiting Researcher at MIT DUSP

FINAL PAPER SUBMISSION
The final paper length should be no longer 12000 characters including spaces.
After acceptance authors start work with CANactions Magazine Editorial Team.
The collaboration with the Editorial Team aims to improve and maintain the quality of all final papers. Otherwise, Editorial Board reserved the right to return the submissions to authors without publishing it in the Edition.

IMPORTANT DATES
Deadline for abstracts submission: 30 May 2020 (18:00 CET)
Notification of acceptance: 6 June 2020
Deadline for final papers submission: 6 July 2020.
Publication date: 20 August 2020.

If you encounter any problems during the submission process or have any questions please contact us:
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