We  announce a competition  for participation in International Workshop 2015, which is the part of CANactions Architectural Festival.

Time: May 11-16, 2015
Place: Kyiv, Ukraine
Participants: international multidisciplinary team of 12 people
Main target: to find the practical solutions for revitalization of the Telychka former industrial territory in Kyiv
Curator: Theo Hauben - architect and urban designer, HAU |Hauben architecture & urbanism, The Netherlands
Tutor: Victor Zotov - architect and the founder of the architectural bureau “ZOTOV&CO”, initiator and curator of CANactions,Ukraine
Cost: free of charge

Application deadline: 07.04.2015



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For the fifth time, СANactions proudly announces an open call for the participation in workshop


The successful applicants will have a chance to participate in theCANactions International Workshop!

The results of previous Workshops have been finding an extensive coverage in professional community, having managed to:

> become a basis of the competition briefs for theLandscaping of Central part of Kyiv by EURO 2012 and for Future open international architectural competition, and theDnieper Pearls initiative

> attract the attention of the Kyiv local community to the unique and valuable urban territory

> gain a wide public feedback from the inhabitants of Kyiv

> identify and increase the potential of the territory in a longer perspective

On top of that, the Workshop had made an integral part ofCANactionsfestival, a large-scale educational event that brings together participants from different countries to work on Kyiv urban development issues.

Additionally, following the plan to launch theCANactions School for Urban Studieswww.school.canactions.com in September 2015, the Workshop will become a platform for testing a new educational model based on interdisciplinary approach to urban planning and design.

So, if you wish to:

> become part of a new non-formal educational platform for urban studies in Ukraine

> get a unique experience of working in a multicultural and multidisciplinary team curated by Theо Hauben

Participate in the competition to win a unique chance to participate in the Workshop free of charge!

Visit FB page for detailed information!


Telychka is an abandoned industrial area located near the Dnipro river on the edge with the historical centre of Kyiv, near Vydubichy metro station 

This territory is historical for Kyiv, as it is situated near the mouth of Lybid river. The name for the territory is folk. The first documentary mention about Telychka goes to 1694. Before the industrial era, it was all covered with lawns where herds of young cows were pastured.Theterritory was a true symbol of rich Ukrainian soil.

However, on the XX century it transformed into industrial area that was a symbol of Soviet industrialization policy.

Today, this territory has a potential to become a part of Ukrainian European dream, with creative industry hubs replacing abandoned factories and plants.

“The process of transformation has already been activated through arts festivals such as Gogolfest and CANactions. Now, it is time to involve as many people as possible to take part in the new life of this urban cultural centre.” -Quote from Ole Bouman’s  lecture about Telychka (CANactions 2014)

The art factory located in a former experimental mechanic warehouse has become a catalyst for the transformation. Among many events happening here one should pay special attention to Gogolfest, Ukraine’s most famous arts festival, and CANactions, international architectural festival, as these events has turned this territory into a permanent lab for re-thinking industrial territories.

List of events and projects that became catalysts for change (links):

> urban residenceQuiet move (Тихій хід) -link

> international workshop “Revitalization of Telychka”, within CANactions 2014 -link

> international architectural festival CANactions 2014 -link

> arts festival Gogolfest -link

The next step in the development of this territory should be undertaken through one more international workshop “Теlychka – A Place to Care”

For us, Telychka is more than a historical name. This name tag should serve as a basis for further decisions concerning possible strategic development scenarios for this territory.

The main principles of our approach are sustainable growth, and “don’t harm” prevention of brutal interruption, that create a synergetic effect.

> the definition of a “telychka” is a pet name for a cow that symbolizes kindness of farmers to their domestic animals

> in the Ukrainian tradition “telychka”is a symbol of prosperity and fertility

We should take care of Telychka so that its value could be preserved for the coming generations, and ensure sustainable development of this territory instead of seeking short-term commercial benefit that has little value for the city and society as a whole. We would like to introduce this concept of “care” as a replacement to Ukrainian approach for similar projects, focused on commercial benefits, as such scenario would be equal to depreciation of value of this territory.

A project implemented with “care” approach should become a pattern for further urban interventions in Kyiv, putting an end to usual “construction – demolition” cycle, that has become regrettably superior in the local practice.


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:http://festival.canactions.com/…/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: competition.canactions@gmail.com

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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: stud.canactions@gmail.com

More details: http://school.canactions.com/