Pilot projects

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Mariupol 

For the City of Mariupol we have worked since August 2022, with support of USAID, on a city strategy for postwar Ukrainian Mariupol given the expected demographic development: from 250.000 to 500.0000 to 900.000 residents. The goal is to define the strategy about identity, memory, and future, a vision on new residential areas, a new post-industrial economy, new functional zoning plan and a clear vision on ecology and nature.

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Zaporizhzha 

For the City of Zaporizhzha Ro3kvit works on a city strategy for postwar Ukrainian Zaporizhzha given the increase of housing needs, related to the many IDP’s in the country and pre-war challenges of center urban development. The issues related to safety in building and city planning are to be addressed as well.

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Bucha

For the city of Bucha we have agreements about supervision role for the city development. In this role we do research and design for the future identity of Bucha, and for the general integrated city strategy. Ro3kvit will analyze and give feedback on existing urgent infrastructure and housing plans as well.

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Rivne

Rivne is a city close to the Belarus and Polish border, with IDP challenges, safety challenges and energy challenges. Rivne can be an example city for these three topics.For the city of Rivne we make studies on three different scales, starting in autumn 2022. First of all Rivne is related to direct neighbors, in relation to mobility, growth, housing. Second, Rivne as a city, future strategy and identity in an integrated development concept, including participation. And on the scale of neighborhoods or new land plots, idp- housing.

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Zaporizhzha Oblast

Zaporizhia Oblast is occupied for 70% and the expectation is that after liberation a lot of mental and physical damage ещl be found. The effect on demographics will be enormous. The Oblast has asked Ro3kvit to help think about the scenarios of rebuilding villages and what it means in terms of mobility, facilities, and services. Also on the scale of Zaporizhia Oblast we will need to rethink the safety strategy for the future, related to the border, the river and the nuclear power plant in Energodar.

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Dnipro River Integrated Vision

«Dnipro River Integrated Vision» is a project in cooperation with Greenpeace.
Through research and data collection we would try to understand all the aspects of the river: from economic to ecological, from safety to recreation, from drinking water to waste, and even safety — some of these aspects are complementary, some are contradicting. Our goal is to develop a vision that will ensure the Dnipro River remains a source of life for future generations.
Project team: Fulco Treffers, Anton Korchagin, Svitlana Usychenko, Vaagn Mnatsakanyan, Maria Mnatsakanyan, Angel Bondov, Hristo Panchev.

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Vision for Zaporizhzhia City 2030

Zaporizhzhia Vision 2030 is a document that aims to define the future of the city of Zaporizhzhia during and after the war. 
Ro3kvit Urban Coalition for Ukraine provides expert support to Zaporizhzhia City Council to ensure the use of modern methods and tools in the development of the Vision. Experts from intersectoral working groups - representatives of civil society organizations, scientists, educators, and city council officials - will also be involved in the development of the vision for Zaporizhzhia's future. They will share their knowledge and experience in various spheres of city life and contribute to the formation of a common vision of the city's future development.
Project team: Alevtyna Drazhenko, Elina Polyanska, Vadym Denysenko, Daryna Pasyuta, Andrii Vorobyov, Anna Lytovka, Vaagn Mnatsakanyan, Maria Mnatsakanyan, Karolina-Michel Makaya.

Research and methodological proposals

IDPs and Urgent housing

Ro3kvit conducted a research project on IDP and refugee housing in Ukraine, Poland and Romania, to develop general methodologies for EU countries and donors based on the request from The New European Bauhaus.

Circular housing 

Ro3kvit did research on circular building and design. How can damaged buildings and abandoned sites be the start of new building developments? For reasons of climate and limited resources (and therefore process) the research is important for rebuilding Ukraine. Research is conducted for The New European Bauhaus. 

Participation

Citizens' participation is both a research topic and an activist strategy. Will develop recommendations and roadmaps on engagement for different types of projects. Support urban design projects.

Circularity

Develop a knowledge team for circular building in general, and city specific. Special attention to damaged buildings, bio-based and geo-based goods. With the financial support of Floris Alkemade.

Safety

The safety issues on the level of building and city planning are part of the new reality in Ukraine. No matter how the war will end, the threat of next dramatic changes will be present, and this should be part of the planning and design strategies. The safety team will provide general information about this.

Regional development in macroeconomics and environment 

At this moment one expert group is formed, environmental and economical challenges are in a research and design process. This team will develop strategic advice on a regional level.

Micro district and panel housing research

Research about new strategies to transform micro districts (damaged or not) in the future, relating to values and qualities of new standards of integrated design and comfort of life.

Heritage and media

Data search and analysis for heritage. Supported by MIT (USA), Ro3kvit members are developing a new concept to define the value of heritage related to social media attention during the war. 

Mobility 

Working concepts for mobility during war and after war. Individual safety by car, collective safety by train. Working on logistic concepts for cargo, and how goods relate to people mobility. Support urban design projects.

Energy 

Defining new grid solutions in urban planning. Developing insights for urban planning (spatial consequences) of renewable energy systems (source, infra and batteries), in short-term, mid-term and long-term needs, related to urgent (winter-) related goals. Supporting local communities for self-supporting, gas-free and resilient energy systems. 

Trends in spatial planning in reconstruction processes

The goal of this project is to understand the key challenges and problems faced by the professional community of spatial planners in the time of war and reconstruction of Ukraine and to determine the potential for its consolidation to overcome them.
The research allows to look at the challenges faced by the planning community and assess their relevance within six types of interaction: “planner – planner”, “planner – customer”, “planner – donor”, “planner – Ministry”, “planner – international specialists”, “planner – the public”.

Education and Capacity building

Lecture series on postwar Ukrainian challenges  

For wide audience, who’s interested in Ukraine recovery and related approaches

Ro3kvit gives online events on a regular basis, with Ukrainian professionals as the main target audience. All lectures are bilingual (UA/EN) and are posted on the Ro3kvit Youtube channel.

Webinar

Webinar course: Introduction to Capacity Building for Reconstruction

For municipalities and their partners

A webinar series is a spinoff from this capacity-building program and this is the first pilot for teaching the hromadas online. With The New European Bauhaus, ReThink, ACE, CoME, Eurocity, Housing Europe.

Master studio "Projects for Bucha" at the Studio Urban Field Lab, KU Leuven

For master's students

The studio will be led by Anuschka Kutz, member of Ro3kvit's Task Force. She will provide the link between this studio work and the Ro3kvit work. Ukrainian and international members of the NGO, in particular members of the working group on Bucha within Ro3kvit, will link into the studio work.

The course at the Invisible University for Ukraine 

For bachelor's, master's and doctoral students

Ro3kvit takes part in the course “​​Heritage-Based Post-War Urban Reconstruction in Ukraine” at the Central European University, as part of the Invisible University

Capacity building Program for municipalities

For municipalities and their partners

Focused on decision-makers and civil servants in hromadas and oblasts in Ukraine, Ro3kvit has prepared for The New European Bauhaus an extensive set of courses (different levels, different topics) to be prepared for postwar urban planning and reconstruction. 

Rethinking Cities in Ukraine: capacity-building program for Ukrainian municipalities 

For municipalities

“Rethinking Cities in Ukraine” is a capacity-building program for Ukrainian municipalities initiated by Stockholm Business School, Stockholm University, and Ro3kvit: Urban Coalition for Ukraine with the support from the Swedish Institute

«UREHERIT. Architects for heritage in Ukraine: recreating identity and memory»

For heritage specialists, architects, planners, engineers, other professionals, officers of local authorities and communities of Ukrainian cities

«UREHERIT. Architects for heritage in Ukraine: recreating identity and memory» -- is a three-year international European cultural project with the aim to build competence on the heritage protection, regeneration of culturally meaningful plans and projects and empowering of local communities.

Specials

Ro3kvit Library 

Curated by Ro3kvit Knowledge Sharing Platform that collect research, recommendations, useful links and opportunities for post-war recovery processes, as well as organisations, projects and researchers that implement them.

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Book "Urban Coalition for Ukraine: Strategies and Proposals"

This publication reflects the work of the first year of Ro3kvit: Urban Coalition for Ukraine team.

In six chapters it covers topics ranging from urbanism to housing and from identity to circular building and governance, the many different aspects of rebuilding and reconstruction are addressed in the form of longer essays, conversations, and project descriptions.

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Book "A Vision for Mariupol: The Easternmost Gateway of Europe"

Inspired by the Ukrainian people’s faith and determination to rebuild, the authors join forces with displaced Mariupol residents to imagine a dynamic future for Mariupol that will begin the day the Ukrainian flag rises.
Despite the unavailability of reliable information and the difficulty of communicating with the scattered population, the team illustrates the case for planning rebuilding while the city is still under occupation, both so as to exorcise the scars of war and colonialism and to establish a viable economy and human-centred city that draws strength from its tragic past.

Directory of spatial development organizations and independent experts

This Directory is a first attempt to collect information about service providers in the field of spatial planning in Ukraine. The first edition contains data on organizations and independent experts providing services in the design of spatial planning documents, strategies, industry concepts, as well as non-formalized territorial development documents.