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PODOLYAN Store Project / FILD design thinking company

© Roman Pashkovskiy © Roman Pashkovskiy © Roman Pashkovskiy © Roman Pashkovskiy

Guest Houses in Relax Park Verholy / YOD dеsign lab

  • Architects: YOD dеsign lab
  • Location: Sosnivka, Poltavs'ka oblast, Ukraine
  • Architects In Charge: Vladimir Nepiyvoda, Dmitriy Bonesko
  • Area: 32.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Andrey Avdeenko

© Andrey Avdeenko © Andrey Avdeenko © Andrey Avdeenko © Andrey Avdeenko

Buddy’s House / Sergey Makhno

© Andrey Avdeenko © Andrey Avdeenko © Andrey Avdeenko © Andrey Avdeenko

"Superstructure": 11 Projects That Defined Kiev's Soviet Modernism

Around the globe, the post-war years were a period of optimism and extreme experimentation. On both sides of the cold war's ideological divide, this optimism found its greatest expression, architecturally speaking, in modernism - but of course, the particular circumstances of each city offered a unique spin on the modernist project. According to the curators of "Superstructure," an exhibition presented at Kiev's Visual Culture Research Center from January 28th to February 28th, the utopian architectural works of Kiev represented "an attempt to transform the city into the environment for materialization of artistic thinking – in contrast to the strict unification of city space by typical construction and residential blocks." Architects such as Edward Bilsky and Florian Yuriyev, often working in collaboration with artists such as Ada Rybachuk and Volodymyr Melnychenko attempted to create projects that were a complete synthesis of architecture and art - an approach to design that often didn't sit well with the Ukrainian authorities of the time.

Featuring research by Alex Bykov, Oleksandr Burlaka and Oleksiy Radynski, "Superstructure" examined the projects which were typical of this particular cultural moment in Kiev. After the break, we present this research, and a selection of images from the exhibition.

The Institute of information, model, 1971. Image © V. Zabolotnyj State Scientific Architecture and Construction Library Hotel "Salute". Image © O.Ranchukov 1987 Halls of Farewell. Image © O.Burlaka 2014 The Pioneers Palace, first option, 1960. Image Courtesy of Edward Bilsky

Office Zotov & Co / Architecture bureau Zotov&Co

  • Architects: Architecture bureau Zotov&Co
  • Location: Kyiv, Kyiv city, Ukraine
  • Project Leader: Ekaterina Dolhaya
  • Chief Architect: Viktor Zotov
  • Team: Oleg Selivanov, Roman Slyadnev
  • Area: 70.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Andriy Mihailov

© Andriy Mihailov © Andriy Mihailov © Andriy Mihailov © Andriy Mihailov

City of Kyiv Launches 'Terra Dignitas' Revolution Memorial Competition

The City of Kyiv has launched an international design competition aiming to commemorate the lives lost in Ukraine's Maidan Revolution, both through a memorial to their memory and through implementing the ideals of the revolution in the urban space surrounding Maidan Nezalezhnosti. The competition, honed through months of public discussions and consultations, is being organized by the Kyiv City State Administration and Ukraine's Ministry of Culture. More details after the break.

KaiF / FORM

  • Architects: FORM
  • Location: Kiev, Kyiv city, Ukraine
  • Architects In Charge: Victoriia Shkliar, Olga Antontseva
  • Area: 120.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Andrey Bezuglov

© Andrey Bezuglov © Andrey Bezuglov © Andrey Bezuglov © Andrey Bezuglov

A House of Niches / Ayeneh Office

© Hossein Farahani
© Hossein Farahani
  • Architects: Ayeneh Office
  • Location: Najafabad, Iran
  • Architect In Charge: Ali Dehghani & Ali Soltani & Atefeh Karbasi
  • Design Assistant: Sepideh Shariatmadari
  • Area: 307.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Hossein Farahani

© Hossein Farahani © Hossein Farahani © Hossein Farahani © Hossein Farahani

Sergey Makhno Office and Showroom / Sergey Makhno + Illya Tovstonog

© Andrey Avdeenko © Andrey Avdeenko © Andrey Avdeenko © Andrey Avdeenko

Shams Villa / Karand Group

  • Architects: Karand Group
  • Location: Saveh, Iran
  • Design Team: Ali Shariati, Dokhi Sarabandi, Hadi Shapourian
  • Area: 450.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Kaveh Seyed Ahmadian

© Kaveh Seyed Ahmadian © Kaveh Seyed Ahmadian © Kaveh Seyed Ahmadian © Kaveh Seyed Ahmadian

4x12 Atelier / USE Studio

  • Architects: USE Studio
  • Location: Isfahan, Iran
  • Design Team: Mohammad Arab, Mina Moieneddini
  • Area: 70.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of USE Studio

Courtesy of USE Studio Courtesy of USE Studio Courtesy of USE Studio Courtesy of USE Studio

Mini Shopping Mall Takes Top Prize in CANactions Youth Competition

The top prize in CANactions' 2014 Youth Competition has been awarded to Valentyn Sharovatov of Unika Architecture & Urbanism, for his "Extrasmall Shopping Mall", a design for a miniature shopping center on a tight site on Lviv. CANactions is Ukraine's largest architectural event, running since 2008.

The design by Sharovatov activates a neglected public square, using the draw of cafes and retail to regenerate this small corner of Lviv. More on the design after the break.

Shustov Brandy Bar / Studio Belenko

  • Architects: Studio Belenko
  • Location: Odessa, Odessa Oblast, Ukraine
  • Architect In Charge: Denis Belenko Design Band
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Pavel Babienko

© Pavel Babienko © Pavel Babienko © Pavel Babienko © Pavel Babienko

How Kiev's Independence Square Helped Spur an Uprising

In a fascinating article for the GuardianOwen Hatherley visits Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) in Kiev, the public square at the heart of the Ukranian revolution that ironically was designed under Stalin as a Baron Hausmann-style weapon against uprisings. Hatherley examines how elements of the public space were utilized by protesters, and how different areas of the square are now hosting a variety of political factions. You can read the full article here.

User-Generated Kyiv Ideas Competition

The recently announced 'User-Generated Kyiv Ideas Competition' is searching for creative ideas and architectural solutions on building a better city. In nowadays circumstances, where citizens arise and understand that a city should be built by its citizens, the competition aims to convert the maximum energy generated by the revolutionary wave into urban ideas and new functions of public space.

Notting Hill / Yunakov architects

  • Architects: Yunakov architects
  • Location: Kyyiv, Kyiv city, Ukraine
  • Design Team: Yunakov Ivan, Kornienko Olga, Karpov Andrey
  • Area: 170.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Oleg Stelmah

© Oleg Stelmah © Oleg Stelmah © Oleg Stelmah © Oleg Stelmah