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Should the Ukrainian Capital "Erase its Soviet Past or Learn to Live With History?"

04:00 - 17 November, 2015
Should the Ukrainian Capital "Erase its Soviet Past or Learn to Live With History?", The Friendship of Nations Arch, Kyiv/Kiev. Image © Ryan Koopmans
The Friendship of Nations Arch, Kyiv/Kiev. Image © Ryan Koopmans

In a 'long view' piece for The Calvert Journal, Owen Hatherley tackles one of the most pressing cultural questions facing many former Soviet countries: should the Ukrainian capital of Kiev (or Kyiv) erase its Soviet past or learn to live with history? For a city which saw a popular revolution against "a grotesquely wealthy elite" last year, Kiev is developing a flourishing independent cultural scene. In this article Hatherley, who has taken part in the city's 2015 art biennial, expertly narrates the city's Soviet, post-Soviet and contemporary "oligarch-funded" architecture to ask: "if Soviet Ukraine can’t be wished away, what should be conserved, and what should be rejected?"

Novopecherskie Lipki Penthouse / Olha Akulova Design

02:00 - 4 September, 2015
Novopecherskie Lipki Penthouse / Olha Akulova Design, © Andrey Avdeenko
© Andrey Avdeenko

© Andrey Avdeenko © Andrey Avdeenko © Andrey Avdeenko © Andrey Avdeenko +23

Office K2 / Baraban +

02:00 - 15 August, 2015
Office K2 / Baraban +, Courtesy of Baraban +
Courtesy of Baraban +
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Area

    1140.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Baraban +

Courtesy of Baraban + Courtesy of Baraban + Courtesy of Baraban + Courtesy of Baraban + +28

Loft in Kyiv / MARTINarchitects

17:00 - 31 July, 2015
Loft in Kyiv / MARTINarchitects, © Igor Karpenko
© Igor Karpenko

© Igor Karpenko © Igor Karpenko © Igor Karpenko © Igor Karpenko +24

32nd apartment / 2B.group

03:00 - 15 June, 2015
32nd apartment  / 2B.group, © Andrey Bezuglov
© Andrey Bezuglov
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Architects in Charge

    Slava Balbek, Andrew Berezynsky, Alexander Ivasiv
  • Area

    250.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Andrey Bezuglov © Andrey Bezuglov © Andrey Bezuglov © Andrey Bezuglov +20

PODOLYAN Store Project / FILD design thinking company

15:00 - 2 June, 2015
PODOLYAN Store Project / FILD design thinking company, © Roman Pashkovskiy
© Roman Pashkovskiy

© Roman Pashkovskiy © Roman Pashkovskiy © Roman Pashkovskiy © Roman Pashkovskiy +20

Office Zotov & Co / Architecture bureau Zotov&Co

01:00 - 13 December, 2014
Office Zotov & Co / Architecture bureau Zotov&Co, © Andriy Mihailov
© Andriy Mihailov
  • Architects

  • 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 +10

City of Kyiv Launches 'Terra Dignitas' Revolution Memorial Competition

01:00 - 1 November, 2014
City of Kyiv Launches 'Terra Dignitas' Revolution Memorial Competition, Kyiv's Maidan Nezalezhnosti. Image © Flickr CC User Peter Collins
Kyiv's Maidan Nezalezhnosti. Image © Flickr CC User Peter Collins

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.

User-Generated Kyiv Ideas Competition

00:00 - 5 March, 2014
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.

Kyiv Culture Space on Andriivskyi Descent Competition Entry / Dmytro Aranchii Architects

01:00 - 13 May, 2013
Kyiv Culture Space on Andriivskyi Descent Competition Entry / Dmytro Aranchii Architects, Courtesy of Dmytro Aranchii Architects
Courtesy of Dmytro Aranchii Architects

Dmytro Aranchii Architects shared with us their proposal for the cultural space on the Andriivskyi descent, an educational competition sponsored by ESTA Holding earlier this year. The challenge was to create an architectural concept of the Yunist factory former site development, and out of 1 hectare, the competition terms determined the cultural space as 10-15 percent of the area linked to the Andriivskyi descent, and the rest of it was for commercial use. This consists of a multifunctional cultural space with an integrated chamber music hall. Besides the hall, the architects suggested to place a literature space in the cultural center suitable for seminars, conferences, meetings of readers and writers, poets and essayists, as there is a lack of such place in Kyiv. More images and architects' description after the break.

Beton Restaurant / Yunakov architects

01:00 - 8 May, 2013
Beton Restaurant / Yunakov architects, © Oleg Stelmah / Electraua
© Oleg Stelmah / Electraua

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Kyiv Urban Wildlife Park / Katya Larina, Yevgeniya Pozigun, Irina Klixbull, Roman Pomazan

04:00 - 13 April, 2012
Courtesy of Katya Larina, Yevgeniya Pozigun, Irina Klixbull, Roman Pomazan
Courtesy of Katya Larina, Yevgeniya Pozigun, Irina Klixbull, Roman Pomazan

The proposal for the Kyiv Urban Wildlife Park by Katya Larina, Yevgeniya Pozigun, Irina Klixbull, and Roman Pomazan responds to what the place means for the thousands of people who cross the area which is nestled between two fast developing banks. Therefore, the design becomes a development of a decision-making instrument which is intended to guide the future development of Kyiv Islands. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Kyiv Islands Masterplan Proposal / BudCud

07:00 - 15 February, 2012
Courtesy of BudCud
Courtesy of BudCud

Designed by BudCud, the Kyiv Islands masterplan proposal, one of the finalists in the open international urban competition, responds to the ‘genius loci’. In the wild area, it is humble and almost invisible, but where the islands make visual connection to the city, their project gets an urban manner. The areas of different nature preservation status were distinguished with the implementation of loops, stripes, paths and objects – micro islands that create networks. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Center for Development of Innovative Transportation Technologies / KO+KO Architects

07:00 - 15 November, 2011
Courtesy of KO+KO Architects
Courtesy of KO+KO Architects

Efficiency of the government and consequently well-fare of the society is closely related to development of infrastructure. Ukraine is situated in advantageous geographic location, therefore it is twice as interested in arranging proper transportation system which will become a significant stimulus for economic growth. Creating the Center for Development of Innovative Transportation Technologies, KO+KO Architects considers their design as an incarnation of intents of the Ukrainian society to establish sustainable means of communication, as a fact of realizing its crucial importance for human life. Apart from the symbolic function, the center is thought to fulfill tasks announced in its name, thus providing ground for the developing of Ukraine. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Private Brewery / FORMA Architectural Studio

04:00 - 17 October, 2011
Courtesy of FORMA Architectural Studio
Courtesy of FORMA Architectural Studio

FORMA Architectural Studio’s concept of the restaurant located 10 km south of Kiev is built on two contrast symbols where a hangar-shaped hall houses a private brewery, a kitchen and restaurant rooms while a flying-high space accommodating 23 hotel rooms gives visitors a feeling of home thanks to its cozy placement under a gable roof. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Concept of Reservation and Development of Kyiv Islands Competition

23:00 - 30 September, 2011

Kyiv City State Administration, Kyiv Central Agency for Urban Planning, Architecture and Urban Design with the support of National Union of Architects of Ukraine are pleased to announce the open international architectural competition, ‘Concept of Reservation and Development of Kyiv Islands’. Contestants are requested to submit the best concept of preservation and development of Kyiv islands.