CANactions School for Urban Studies, Kyiv Cyclists' Association and Kyiv City State Administration will hold a "Street Design for Urban Qualities and Mobility" Summer School in Kyiv in July 2018 with an aim to train a new generation of Ukrainian transport planners and urban planners in their work with contemporary principles of street space design that should improve urban streets to places where people move, meet and live. Context
Main streets in Kyiv today are mainly considered as traffic areas, their function in the motorized transport network is in focus of discussions and designs. This in despite to the fact that in the dense, urban context, pedestrians, cyclists and public transport move more people than car traffic and therefore require much less space.
At the same time, major urban roads also have important spatial and social functions. They are prominent addresses and often important places of residence and work. They structure the centralities and thus secure the local supply with products and services. As representation spaces, they are the identity bearers and kind of "business card" of a city. They are a valuable element of the higher-level open-space framework and form the basis for orientation and wayfinding in the city. As spatial interfaces between neighborhoods, the main roads form important cross-linking and communication spaces. As such, they offer space for events and are meeting places and places to stay. Last but not least, locations on main roads are considered as priority development sites because of their good accessibility.
While many of Kyiv's historic main streets still have their original spatial conception under the various aspects (street oriented building facades, mixed-use etc.), due to the one-sided traffic-related consideration in recent decades they have become more and more assessed as "problematic" (by traffic planners) or even "space off" and "no-place" (by residents and urbanists).
To find a way out of such situations, in the organization and design of streets the multifuncionality of street spaces – including treatment of the adjacent buildings – should be considered stronger again. An integral view on urban issues and traffic aspects are required when analyzing street spaces. New priorities are to be given in street design. In the end of the day, rethinking of urban development and traffic planning is essential. Aim and Objectives
The Summer School "Street Design for Urban Qualities and Mobility" aims to train a new generation of Ukrainian transport planners and urban planners in their work with contemporary principles of street space design that should improve urban streets to places where people move, meet and live.
The objective of this work is to engage the participants in the process of envisioning possible futures of urban main streets in the city of Kyiv; to generate several alternative scenarios for the development of one particular street; and come up with recommendations
24 participants from all over Ukraine. Dates:
July 2-7, 2018.
Curators: Han van de Wetering
(NL/CH), Van de Wetering Atelier für Städtebau
, Zurich, Expert for integral urban-transport-landscape development and urban street design; Urs Thomann
(CH), CANactions School, Kyiv (UA), Van de Wetering Atelier für Städtebau, Zurich, Expert for Integrated Urban Development and Knowledge transfer in Ukraine. Co-organisers:
Kyiv Cyclists' Association
CANactions School for Urban Studies Supported by:
Kyiv City State Administration
"Integrated Urban Development in Ukraine" (GIZ)
Embassy of the Netherlands in Ukraine