December 18, Tuesday

12.18.2014, 18:30 Yevgenia Gubkina. Atomograds of Ukraine

The traditional Thursday this week within CANactions international architecture festival ( is featured with presentation “Atomograds of Ukraine” by Yevgenia Gubkina.

The atomograd is a unique phenomenon in the history of Soviet urban planning, which has no precedents in the world. It is a satellite city for a nuclear power station with a population of 25-50,000 people, including a large number of highly qualified specialists. Atomograds follow a concept of the Soviet residential microrayon, with its highly developed services and cultural facilities and housing made out of typical prefab panels.

There are 6 atomograds Ukraine: Energodar, Kuznetskovsk, Netishyn, Iuzhnoukrayinsk, Slavutych, and Pripyat with its bad fame. After the disaster at the Chornobyl nuclear power station, life atomograds has been divided into periods of before and after. This public opinion on nuclear energy has radically changed ever since.

These days the atomograd is being widely analyzed and evaluated, in Ukraine and beyond. The current international interest to Soviet urban experiments, problems of typical mass housing, and in the urgent issues of energy efficiency and energy independence are fueling numerous discussions.


December 18, 2014

6.30 pm

House of the Architect (Architecture Club Room)

7, Hrinchenka St., Kyiv

Attendance free. Come and bring your friends along!

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MEDIA PARTNERS: Hmarochos and Plan B

  • Team

    Yevgenia Gubkina

    researcher, curator of architecture and art projects, educational events and activities


    Graduated from the O. M. Beketov National University of Urban Economy in Kharkiv with a degree in urban planning. Her master and PhD thesis were on the rehabilitation and development of the Socialist city of the Kharkiv Tractor Factory as well as workers’ settlements in the east and south of Ukraine. She has developed and guide for the tour "Linear City" for the conferences of the International Committee for Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites, and Neighborhoods of the Modern Movement (DOCOMOMO). In 2013, she started Modernistky - the ladies avant-garde movement. Since March 2012 she is consulting "Ukrainian Constructivism Weeks." In 2013 she was a co-author of Art Gallery Lenin’s project "Ukraine-Germany – 1920-1930: Commons" in Zaporizhya and organizer of an exhibition in Kharkiv (Nürnberger House). She organized the urban colloquium "Atomograds: Planned Cities in Today's Society", on September 19-21, 2014 in Kyiv which was supported by the Swedish Institute. Currently lives and works in Kharkiv.



01.04.2016– 29.04.2016


We are happy to announce Ivan Honchar Museum as the theme and the location of the Place Making & Building Transformation workshop. 

CURATOR:Theo Hauben / HAU|Hauben architecture & urbanism / the Netherlands


This workshop is about the publicness of space in Kiev. Rather than focusing on the physical properties of public spaces, this workshop will scrutinize public space uses and the functions they hold in the lives of the citizens.

More info and the application process:…/canaction…/workshop/5/about



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20.03.2016– 21.05.2016

CANactions 2016

Subject of the CANactions 2016: 


Dates of CANactions 2016:

May 19-21

Curator of the IAF CANactions 2016:

Theo Hauben / HAU / the Netherlands

10.03.2016– 24.04.2016


GEBERIT with CANactions invites young architects and designers to contribute to the development of sustainable public street toilets for Ukrainian cities within STREET GEBERIT: Всеукраїнський конкурс (March 10, 2016 - April 21, 2016)

The need for sanitation in urban areas is obvious. Inappropriate sanitation can be damaging to human health and the environment. Especially in urban areas, where public toilets are more common.
Innovative design improvements in public toilets and new ways of recycling will help governments and their partners to meet the enormous challenge of providing quality services to public sanitation.

Organizer: GEBERIT - The European leader in the field of sanitary products.

Co-organizer: CANactions - interdisciplinary urban research platform.

Partners: Zhytomyr City Council.

First place - 30 000 UAH and the realisation of the project
Second place - 15 000 UAH
Third place - 7000 UAH
Audience Award - 5000 UAH

Who can participate:

The competition is open to persons under 35 years, who are citizens of Ukraine, from students to skilled architects and designers.

More information  THERE


29.02.2016– 21.05.2016


Competition will take place for the ninth time in a frame of the International Architectural Festival CANactions 2016.

Applications for can be submitted from February 29 till April 13 23:59 (Kyiv time).

The competition is open for:

• students and graduates of Architectural departments of Ukrainian institutions of higher education, specialization - Architecture

• age restriction - up to 35 years, inclusively

• Bachelor's degree is necessary

• number of projects from one author is not limited

• the theme of projects is not limited

• individual membership or stuff is permitted

Among the awards are:

- the opportunity to study in DIA (Dessau Institute of Architecture) to get Master Degree - Germany,

- participation in workshops EASA - Lithuania

- participation in workshop Hello Wood 2016- Hungary.


- to fill the application form

- to send the project by e-mail:

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11.11.2015– 03.01.2016

CANactions School for Urban Studies launches an international open call for STUDIO #2

Among our students we would like to see talented and ambitious agents of change who are ready to initiate urban projects and implement real transformations in Ukrainian cities. The topic of the STUDIO #2 is ‘Tackling the Future of Ukrainian (Post)industrial Cities’

Theme:Tackling the Future of Ukrainian (Post)industrial Cities

Dates:February 15 – May 21, 2016

Curator:Urs Thomann, CH

Tuition fee:11 800 UAH

Application deadline:January 3, 2016

Do (post)industrial cities of Ukraine have a future?Have they truly become post- or do they still remain industrial?How to take a step forward from a utopian Soviet past to a contemporary city without the utopian pretense?

The STUDIO #2 participants will be working on finding answers to these questions and raising new ones through developing strategic scenarios and tactical proposals for Kramatorsk – an Eastern Ukrainian city which has been chosen for our case study.

The students will get an opportunity to present their results at the annual CANactions International Architecture Festival in May, 2016.

Want to apply? Read more on our website:




You have one more chance to become a member of first urban school in Ukraine CANactions School for Urban Studies: Studio#1.

By popular demand, we continue to accept applications until 10 August 2015



28 липня о 20:00 архітектор Віктор Зотов прочитає лекцію про урбаністику, а також разом із командою фестивалю презентує CANactions School for Urban Studies: Open call for Studio #1

А після заходу сонця розпочнеться кінопоказ «Берлін – симфонія великого міста» (1927).


21.07.2015– 10.08.2015

Win a GRANT!

First in Ukraine urban school declares accepting applications for grant in CANactions School for Urban Studies Studio#1.

We will give a grant to study free for citizens of Ukraine, who have experience of successful social projects and seek to join team, which will develop strategy for one of the cities in Ukraine.


(must contain personal details, education, level of English, and also your experince in urban projects, participation in social and cultural projects, workshops, master-classes, educational programs etc.)

Motivation letter

should describe why exactly you want to win a grant and become Studio#1 participant, your vision of professional activities after the graduation from Studio#1


must contain examples of your design, architectural or urban projects, extracts from your written reports, publications, research and analytical work etc. Portfolio have to contain up to 5 projects, no more than 10 pages overall, and should not exceed 20 MB. Each project must be signed with title, year, explanation, significance and amount of work the candidate has conducted for the project.

Scan-copy of passport

Scan-copy of University Diploma. Candidate must possess at least a Bachelor's degree

The application deadline is August 10, 2015.

The required documents must be sent via e-mail:

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