The fall of the Soviet Union was not a revolution, but a collapse. Severed from the protection of a planned economy, Kharkovites were left to secure their futures individually; every man for himself. This project illustrates the possibilities of shared interest partnerships as a catalyzing agent for community development in a post-soviet culture. Neighbors who lease their land to the local market for storage could achieve greater spatial efficiency (and thus greater profits) by partnering with other neighbors. Over-time, residents can reinvest their initial return in more profitable uses of land, such as rental housing and retail. Extending shared interest to the whole block could mean decentralized infrastructure, energy/food independence and real security. Acting in shared interest can transform a resident, into a citizen.
Status: School Project
Location: Kharkov, Ukraine