Archinect - News 2016-07-30T11:16:17-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149941766/on-the-rapid-privatization-of-public-space-in-post-communist-cities On the rapid privatization of public space in post-communist cities Alexander Walter 2016-04-21T15:12:00-04:00 >2016-04-21T15:14:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ap/ap5qk1t96klbts0e.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From 1917 to 1991 in the former Russian Empire, and from 1945 to 1989 in the countries it dominated after the war, there was no real private ownership. No landowners, no developers, no &ldquo;placemakers&rdquo; - in half of Europe. Did this mean public space was done differently, and are attitudes to it different in those countries? [...] observed more closely, public space here is every bit as complex as it is elsewhere in Europe.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936362/owen-hatherley-on-a-stalinist-city-s-efforts-to-de-communize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Owen Hatherley on a Stalinist city's efforts to "de-communize"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145193048/the-new-east-is-where-western-starchitect-dreams-come-true-or-turn-into-nightmares" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New East is where western starchitect dreams come true (or turn into nightmares)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937679/michael-kimmelman-on-public-squares" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman on Public Squares</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938932/the-enclosure-to-dismantle-chernobyl-s-nuclear-reactor-is-complete The enclosure to dismantle Chernobyl's nuclear reactor is complete Julia Ingalls 2016-04-07T13:07:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T00:38:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/re/re3up7ea51wov3gs.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This month marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. On April 26, 1986, technicians conducting a test inadvertently caused reactor number four to explode... Reuters reports that a huge recently-completed enclosure called the New Safe Confinement&mdash;the world's largest land-based moving structure&mdash;will be &ldquo;pulled slowly over the site later this year to create a steel-clad casement to block radiation and allow the remains of the reactor to be dismantled safely.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although it sounds like an early aughts indie band name, the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/4247339/nuclear-bunker-looks-like-a-nuclear-bunker-say-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Safe Confinement</a> structure over Chernobyl's reactor number four is finally complete, constructed at an estimated cost of&nbsp;&euro;1.5 billion. Meanwhile, neighboring city and officially uninhabitable Pripyat has become a hauntingly photogenic ghost town, as captured in these photos:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lc/lci6xc6eegtjlt8t.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5t/5t23mu4j40ujs27w.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/on/onnrcgpzt1kekypn.jpg"></p><p>For what else is going on in Chernobyl:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/27152/walking-tours-of-chernobyl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walking Tours of Chernobyl</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/53638623/sunny-chernobyl-beauty-in-a-haze-of-pollution" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sunny Chernobyl': Beauty In A Haze Of Pollution</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/27128/agricultural-de-radiation-in-chernobyl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Agricultural De-Radiation in Chernobyl</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149936362/owen-hatherley-on-a-stalinist-city-s-efforts-to-de-communize Owen Hatherley on a Stalinist city's efforts to "de-communize" Alexander Walter 2016-03-24T14:34:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T00:44:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f7/f7a4112eca9f18dd072f8edf0fe88ac4.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The largest remaining statue of Lenin in Ukraine was removed from its pedestal in Zaporizhia last week, the latest victim of the Ukrainian ban on Soviet symbols. But how do you go about &ldquo;de-communising&rdquo; an almost entirely Stalinist city?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140542726/owen-hatherley-on-kiev-s-struggle-with-its-soviet-architectural-heritage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Owen Hatherley on Kiev's struggle with its Soviet architectural heritage</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130182129/owen-hatherley-on-the-mass-housing-history-of-moscow-s-suburbs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Owen Hatherley on the mass housing history of Moscow&rsquo;s suburbs</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135802570/moscow-skaters-reclaiming-hidden-spaces-on-top-of-soviet-era-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moscow skaters reclaiming hidden spaces on top of Soviet-era buildings</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/140542726/owen-hatherley-on-kiev-s-struggle-with-its-soviet-architectural-heritage Owen Hatherley on Kiev's struggle with its Soviet architectural heritage Alexander Walter 2015-11-06T17:07:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T21:36:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cb/cbf655655f4e58d3627a235d3d015ff6.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s a reminder that decommunisation&nbsp;is a project which might actually be physically impossible to execute in full, which hopefully begs the question &mdash;&nbsp;if Soviet Ukraine can't be wished away, what should be conserved, and what should be rejected? [...] The nationalist purging of any traces of socialism from the landscape is a fool&rsquo;s errand at best, gross historical revisionism at worst.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130182129/owen-hatherley-on-the-mass-housing-history-of-moscow-s-suburbs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Owen Hatherley on the mass housing history of Moscow&rsquo;s suburbs</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135802570/moscow-skaters-reclaiming-hidden-spaces-on-top-of-soviet-era-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moscow skaters reclaiming hidden spaces on top of Soviet-era buildings</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115193283/paradise-lost-the-enduring-legacy-of-a-soviet-era-utopian-workers-district" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paradise lost? The enduring legacy of a Soviet-era utopian workers&rsquo; district</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135113078/contemporary-wooden-architecture-celebrates-revival-in-russia-and-ukraine Contemporary wooden architecture celebrates revival in Russia and Ukraine Alexander Walter 2015-08-25T15:15:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T14:54:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bd/bddc4e0d3e99d08c35b191ce18ada736.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Wood fell out of fashion as a building material in the Soviet Union in favour of concrete. Now, architects across the new east are returning to wood for its many qualities including cost-effectiveness and sustainability. [...] &ldquo;Urban wooden architecture is something completely different. It is for the people, without any kind of pretensions for the long-term. It has no direct economic benefit, but it promotes unity and healthy communication.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The topic of <em>wood</em> in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134744563/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-wood-pinterest-board" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Wood" Pinterest Board</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131408316/rise-of-the-wooden-skyscrapers-where-all-you-need-is-a-giant-allen-key-to-put-it-together" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rise of the wooden skyscrapers: "Where all you need is a giant allen key to put it together."</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123582305/bali-s-fascinating-bamboo-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bali&rsquo;s fascinating bamboo architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120972559/wooden-textiles-low-poly-landscapes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wooden textiles &amp; low-poly landscapes</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/106554869/eastern-ukraine-s-museums-told-to-hide-their-collections Eastern Ukraine’s museums told to hide their collections Alexander Walter 2014-08-14T13:12:00-04:00 >2014-08-14T13:12:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/58/583571b44987a8c03ba78ca41e23e94f.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Culture officials in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions in eastern Ukraine have ordered museums to put their most valuable pieces into storage, and some institutions have closed to the public, as fighting continues between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government forces. Ukraine&rsquo;s culture ministry has also asked that the media refrain from &ldquo;emphasising objects of cultural heritage&rdquo; to avoid their being targeted [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105937332/weekly-news-round-up-for-august-4-2014-musk-martha-and-monuments Weekly News Round-Up for August 4, 2014: Musk, Martha and monuments Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-11T15:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-11T15:57:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y6/y6sa3nbrnw2xq3x2.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Friday, August 8</strong>:</p><ul><li><a title="Guggenheim Bullies Journalist" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106106156/guggenheim-bullies-journalist" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim Bullies Journalist</a>: Molly Crabapple reports for <em>Vice</em> on inhumane immigrant labor conditions on Saadiyat island in the UAE,&nbsp;where a new arm of the Guggenheim (and Louvre, and NYU) is being built. The Guggenheim holds its cards close and skirts responsibility when Crabapple pushes for answers.</li><li><a title='Controversial new app will keep you away from "sketchy" areas' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106097322/controversial-new-app-will-keep-you-away-from-sketchy-areas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Controversial new app will keep you away from "sketchy" areas</a>: "SketchFactor" rates an area's "sketchiness" based on crowd-sourced local data. Critics are worried that the app will amplify racial profiling and encourage stereotyping.</li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, August 7:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Gentrification and the Persistence of Poor Minority Neighborhoods" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106016117/gentrification-and-the-persistence-of-poor-minority-neighborhoods" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gentrification and the Persistence of Poor Minority Neighborhoods</a>: Harvard sociologists identify another determinant in the gentrification debate: racial composition. Their report, focusing on Chicago, found that a neighborhood's economic redevelopment depended on certain thresholds of black and white residents.</li><li><a title="Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu called for the suspension of the Israeli Architects&rsquo; Association from an international architectural body " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106016118/archbishop-emeritus-desmond-tutu-called-for-the-suspension-of-the-israeli-architects-association-from-an-international-architectural-body" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu called for the suspension of the Israeli Architects&rsquo; Association from an intern...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/105937333/humanitarian-crisis-emerges-in-ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Emerges in Ukraine Nicholas Korody 2014-08-06T13:17:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T22:16:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6e/6e3v455hftagkd4v.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A senior U.N. official warned the Security Council at an emergency meeting Tuesday that the humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine is steadily worsening as power and water supplies are scarce, homes are destroyed and health workers flee. John Ging, director of U.N. humanitarian operations, said that violence, especially in urban areas, will put more people at risk and lead to "an increase in the numbers killed" if a political solution can't be reached.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/103863117/a-look-at-the-results-of-the-canactions-2014-user-generated-kyiv-competition A look at the results of the CANactions 2014 “User-generated Kyiv” competition Justine Testado 2014-07-10T14:27:00-04:00 >2014-07-10T14:41:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2g/2gblm64pweru23w6.jpg" width="514" height="677" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ukraine's largest architectural event CANactions held its 2014 ideas competition, whose theme was "User-generated Kyiv". Based on reinforcing the valuable idea that a city is shaped by its citizens, the competition sought architectural ideas to help Kiev further develop towards the ideals of creativity, peace, justice, and of course, happiness.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a look at the three top-prize winning entries:</p><p>Pictured above: <strong>1st prize:</strong> connecTABLE by Anna Dobrova, Dima Isaiev, Dasha Zaichenko,Daryna Bagachuk, Anna Kamushan (Vienna, Austria).</p><p><strong>2nd prize:</strong> POP-UP KIEV by Polina Timofeeva, Galyna Tolkachova, Pavel Bartov (Perm, Russia).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9x/9x32bt8ebr7866xh.jpg"></p><p><strong>3rd prize: </strong>Reload the symbols by Kateryna Bokatova and Frederic Vincent (Bordeaux, France).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hd/hdelp6wqsulv2b8e.jpg"></p><p>Head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/results_of_canactions_user-generated_kyiv_competition/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> for more details.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/95874935/a-peek-inside-yanukovych-s-luxury-villa A Peek Inside Yanukovych's Luxury Villa Alexander Walter 2014-03-17T15:56:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T20:47:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ay/aynai8iszm859l5g.jpg" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After Viktor Yanukovych fled, many Ukrainians were astounded by their former leader's opulent residence. So far images have only been shown of a few rooms. A SPIEGEL ONLINE special with 360-degree panorama photos now offers a walkthrough of the spectacular villa.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/85676869/this-is-a-polish-city This is a Polish city Nam Henderson 2013-11-03T12:43:00-05:00 >2013-11-03T12:43:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a2/a22cwp4mnn3jt11q.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"I saw churches from the many different denominations that shaped this city&rsquo;s skyline: a squat Armenian cathedral from the 14th century with a jumble of intersecting roofs; a huge 17th-century Baroque church built by the Jesuits and modeled on the Church of the Ges&ugrave; in Rome; Ukrainian Orthodox three-dome churches"</p></em><br /><br /><p> Alex Ulam recently traveled to&nbsp;Lviv, Ukraine to reconnect with a family history whose ties were cut in the late 1930's, following the Nazi invasion of Poland. There he discovers a rich and polyglot architectural history, ranging from neo-Renaissance buildings, to Art Nouveau,&nbsp;Renaissance and Baroque-era palaces, Soviet style towers and even&nbsp;Ukrainian Secessionist architecture.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/13731551/ukraine-s-wooden-churches-and-folk-architecture-s Ukraine’s Wooden Churches and Folk architecture(s) Nam Henderson 2011-07-17T21:12:41-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2s/2sw6zlzvj3ce79m5.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The language was impossible to understand, but the building itself communicated in a clear vernacular: thick columns, coarsely hewn and partly painted white, were topped with gold-haloed icons and lovely scarves that must have been embroidered by hand. The ceiling in the back was only an arm&rsquo;s breadth above my head...</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/misc/pixel.gif">Evan Rail travels to the&nbsp;Carpathian foothills near&nbsp;Zakarpattia, the western region of Ukraine. The vernacular folk architecture includes a number of unusual wooden churches dating from the 15th to 18th centuries. After years of neglect, the buildings are in danger of disappearing and being forgotten.</p>