unun.nu

Ukraine - the Netherlands Urban Network

Ukraine - the Netherlands Urban Network is a growing community of Ukrainians in the Netherlands, Dutch architectural and spatial planning organisations and other spatial professionals who joined forces to exchange knowledge in the context of the reconstruction of Ukraine.
The war in Ukraine has left many of its cities in rubbles and has affected millions of people. A growing community of Ukrainians in the Netherlands together with Dutch organisations and spatial professionals, have started the UNUN initiative to start thinking about the reconstruction of the country.

The aim of this platform is also to stimulate knowledge exchange and capacity building. That’s why the UNUN network will organise a series of meetups, workshops and lectures on a regular basis. The platform also aims to help spatial professionals who are affected by the war in Ukraine and who are looking for work in the Netherlands, by connecting them to Dutch design and engineering firms who are willing to employ people from Ukraine.

Ukrainian architects, landscape designers and urbanists seeking work can showcase their CV and/or portfolio on a platform, while design companies can easily upload their offers for various forms of employment within the collective labour agreement for architectural firms. In this way, we hope to pair spatial professionals from Ukraine with job offers.

We very much encourage that Dutch employers allow their Ukrainian employees to devote part of their working time to the reconstruction of Ukraine, by attending the monthly meetups and by becoming active within the UNUN network.
Restart Ukraine X Rotterdam at the Independent School for the City. Picture by Joke Schot
Restart Ukraine X Rotterdam at the Independent School for the City. Picture by Joke Schot
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Design, consultancy, and engineering firms as well as organisations in the public sector can post their job openings here

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Ukrainian spatial professionals who are looking for a job in the Netherlands can create a profile here

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nov 02

Launch of UNUN at City Makers Congres


On Friday 4 November UNUN will be publicly launched at the City Makers Congres in Rotterdam. In a short Q&A, Ukrainian urban planner and initiator of UNUN, Oleksandra Tkachenko, talks to Chief Government Architect Francesco Veenstra. They will discuss the Dutch-Ukrainian cooperation in which spatial design professionals will use their collective brainpower for the reconstruction of Ukraine. This will also be the official launch of unun.nu, our online platform.
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sep 08

Build Ukraine back together – A call for exchange and creating networks


While the war in Europe is still an everyday reality, people around the world are starting to think about the rebuilding of Ukraine. This weekend, for example, University College London is hosting an online symposium about the reconstruction of Ukraine. In this article, Hedwig van der Linden and Oleksandra Tkachenko explore how the Dutch professional community of urbanists, planners and architects could help Ukraine to build back its cities together and better.
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aug 16

Support for Ukrainian artists in the Netherlands


The Dutch government has announced that it will allocate 1 million euros to support artists who were forced to flee their country after the Russian attack on Ukraine and are living in the Netherlands, to enable them to continue their work here. This programme is financed by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, each allocating € 500,000. The Dutch Foundation for Literature is coordinating this support programme on behalf of the six national cultural foundations. Applications must be made by a Dutch legal entity, i.e. a cultural organisation or institution. The closing date of the support programme is 15 November 2022.
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meet-up → feb 15

Symposium: 'Ukraine’s housing recovery forum' - rebuilding a place to call home

Bezuidenhoutseweg 30, The Hague
Sharing knowledge for action

The invasion of Ukraine has caused considerable loss of life, damage to homes, and the erosion of livelihoods. Being able to return home is not only an aspiration for many, but essential to Ukraine’s social and economic recovery. Tangible efforts to rebuild homes and neighbourhoods offer hope to the millions of Ukrainians now displaced across Europe.

For these reasons, the rebuilding of homes and neighbourhoods require urgent attention and appropriate knowledge, technical assistance, together with adequate long-term investment. Therefore, a symposium is organised in The Hague. If you'd like to join, sign up below.

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lecture → feb 03

VYSHYVANKA WORKSHOP

Independent School for the City, Delftsestraat 33 Rotterdam
In their series of craftivism workshops, the Independent School for the City will now be looking into the centuries old but very now tradition of Vyshyvanka, the famous embroidery technique from Ukraine. Apart from telling stories and being connected to different regions, a Vyshyvanka is believed to be a talisman, bringing luck and protection to the person wearing the garment. The embroiderers have presently shifted to ‘embroidering’ camouflage nets to protect Ukrainian soldiers. During the Vyshyvanka workshop, which is led by Bogdana Postrygan, participants will design a message using the Vyshyvanka language to make a collective ‘embroidered’ camouflage net.

The School offers 3 spots for free participation by Ukrainian applicants. To qualify please send an email to info[@]schoolforthecity.nl

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