Ukraine - the Netherlands Urban Network

lecture → oct 13 '23

Fables of the Reconstruction

Independent School for the City
From the reconstructed heart of the city of Rotterdam, this seminar at the Independent School for the City will look at a variety of destroyed cities and how they have reinvented themselves or are in the process of doing so. From Rotterdam and Dresden, to Mariupol and Gaziantep, we will look at the historical form of these cities, and at the ideological questions their repair has posed or will pose. We will also try and put ourselves in the place of the politicians, engineers, planners and architects and formulate our own visions and maybe even tentative plans. Through lectures, excursions, workshops and conversations the seminar will cover a lot of ground in a short time and provoke an exchange of ideas across borders. Rotterdam will be the fitting background against which this seminar will play out.

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meet-up → oct 04 '23

Studio Visit: KCAP

Rotterdam (details upon reservation)
We are excited to announce a fifth studio visit to KCAP. This time it will be a guided tour for Ukrainian colleges through Wijnhaveneiland and Laurenskwartier. Architect Ruurd Gietema plans to share insights and present his vision of urban development.
Please join us on Wednesday 4 October – 16:00 > 18:00h at Rotterdam.
Access is free and for everyone – capacity is limited to 20 individuals.
Please RSVP via the form.

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lecture → sep 14 '23

Colonial Endurance: A Discussion

Nieuwe Instituut Museumpark 25 Rotterdam
In a discussion based on the exhibition Colonial Endurance: Detecting the Algorithm of Violence in Infrastructures, on display in Gallery 3, architect Ola Hassanain, writer Owen Hatherley, and architect and researcher Lesia Topolnyk will respond to the works presented at the exhibition.

They will speak about how their practices and projects are connected to colonial endurance and will discuss future principles of infrastructural relations and connections. The conversation moderated by Anna Bitkina and Maria Veits (TOK), the curators of Colonial Endurance exhibition, will also focus on political repercussions and manifestations of architecture.
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lecture → aug 28 '23

Урбанистічні міні вебінарі | Urban mini Webinars

Кожного тижня організація UNUN проводитиме короткі онлайн зустрічі з Українськими громадами та ділитиметься досвідом Нідерландів та Європи з питань реконструкції України.
Зустрічі проводитимуться почергово тиждень українською мовою та наступний - англійською.

UNUN weekly meetings with Ukrainian communities to share relevant experience of the Netherlands and Europe to reconstruction of Ukraine.
Meetings will be held alternately one week in Ukrainian and the next one in English.
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meet-up → jun 14 '23

UNUN meet-up #4

Maashaven Zuidzijde 1-2, 3081 AE, Rotterdam
Please join the 4th meet-up of Ukraine the Netherlands Urban Network (UNUN). It taking place at the Maassilo festivalhart, Rotterdam on Friday 14 June 2023 from 19:00-22:00. During this 4th meet-up we will look back and share what’s next. A moment to collectively reflect and explore how to move forward from here.
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→ jun 08 '23

The pop-up Exhibition: Re(dis)covering Ukraine

Flokk Blaak 28 3011 TA Rotterdam
The pop-up exhibition “Re(dis)covering Ukraine” showcases 5 projects by Ukrainian professionals who are currently based in the Netherlands. The pop-up exhibition is hosted by Flokk (Blaak 28) from June 8-30 and is part of Rotterdam Architecture Month. From temporary housing solutions for displaced people to the transformation of libraries and former Soviet Houses of Culture, we invite you to come see and discuss the projects with their makers in June.
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→ may 15 '23

Tools for Postwar Urban Recovery: Ukraine

TU Delft in partnership with UNUN (Ukraine -The Netherlands Urban Network) and Ukrainian colleagues announced an online course on May-June 2023.

This course discusses spatial strategies for an integrated urban recovery in post-conflict settings. It investigates the process of reconstruction and what “building back better” implies: tackling inequalities, strengthening the capacities of local actors and pursuing a green, resilient and inclusive economic recovery anchored on sound spatial planning, design and policy.
This course is given by a team of academics & experts from several institutions.
For more information, visit
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→ may 10 '23

Rebuilding a place to call home: presentation of the report on the recovery of homes and neighbourhoods in Ukraine

PBL the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ukraine and Ro3kvit Urban Coalition for Ukraine, invite you to the presentation of the report Rebuilding a Place to call home: Sharing Knowledge for the Recovery of Ukraine.
The event will be held online on Wednesday, May 10, at 11:00-12:30 CET (12:00-13:30 EET). To take part in the presentation, please register here
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lecture → may 03 '23

Panorama Ukraine

Independent School for the City - Delftsestraat 33 - Rotterdam
A UNUN Duo Lecture by Floris Alkemade & Lesia Topolnyk
On the 3rd of May, the Independent School for the City and the UNUN network will organize an evening with Floris Alkemade and Lesia Topolnyk about the reconstruction of Ukraine, the complexity of the situation as well as the power of imagination and the need for a collective longing.
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lecture → mar 31 '23

The opportunities of biobased building materials

The SURE Eurodelta network is preparing a common project on circular economy in the Eurodelta. On the 31st of March, Daan Groot (Natuurverdubbelaars) and Philomena van der Vliet (Boom Landscape), will give an online lecture about their research on landscapes producing bio-based building materials. What do these landscapes look like, how do they function and what are the value cases behind it?
To register, please contact info@sure-eurodelta.eu.
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meet-up → mar 02 '23

Studio Visit: Orange Architects

Location: Orange Architects, Kipstraat 52, 3011 RT Rotterdam (see map)
We are excited to announce a third studio visit to Orange Architects. This invitation is extended on behalf of Patrick Meijers and Jeroen Schipper (architect partner(s) and member of UNUN), who will be hosting this visit with members of the Orange Architects team. Participants to the visit will be in conversation with members of the studio and learn from each other's expertise and the studio environment.

Please join us on Thursday 2 March – 17:30 > 20:30h at Orange Architects, Rotterdam
Access is free and for everyone – capacity is limited to 18 individuals. Please RSVP via the form.
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meet-up → feb 15 '23

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

Bezuidenhoutseweg 30, The Hague
Sharing knowledge for action

The forum ‘Ukraine’s housing recovery - rebuilding a place to call home’ took place on February 15th 2023. The video of the forum is now placed online, as well as the slides of the powerpoints and some photos. You can find it by following the link below. Later, the organisers will add a report created on the insights that were shared during this afternoon.
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lecture → jan 27 '23

School's Out! #30 With Robert Bevan

Independent School for the City - Delftsestraat 33 - 3rd Floor
For the first School's Out! of 2023, the Independent School for the City, has invited journalist, author and heritage consultant Robert Bevan, to talk about his latest book "Monumental Lies - Culture Wars and the Truth about the Past" on how statues, heritage and cities have become the battleground for the culture wars. Next to this talk, you can expect drinks, bites and a short movie handpicked by AFFR curator Jord den Hollander. Doors open at 18:00, lecture starts at 19:00. Tickets available for 5 euro.
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lecture → jan 25 '23

On Forensic Architecture

Het Nieuwe Instituut, Museumpark 25, Rotterdam
Dr. Samaneh Moafi, Assistant Director of Research at Forensic Architecture (London, UK), discusses her work and converses with the audience about the use of architectural techniques and technologies to investigate cases of state violence, violations of human rights and environmental destruction. This event marks the opening of the Research Festival Making (in) the Unforeseen of Willem de Kooning Academy (WdKA) in Rotterdam. The event is hosted by WdKA and Het Nieuwe Instituut and will be moderated by Setareh Noorani, researcher at Het Nieuwe Instituut.
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lecture → dec 21 '22

Deltametropolis: Ukraine and the Netherlands

Het Nieuwe Instituut, Museumpark 25, Rotterdam
Designer, researcher and consultant Paul Gerretsen of the Deltametropolis Association discusses metropolitan development in the Netherlands and Ukraine with invited guests Nazar Kavalenko, director of Municipal Enterprise Institute for Urban Development, and Alexander Shevchenko, co-founder of ReStart Ukraine. What lessons learned since the reconstruction of Rotterdam and its region could inform the future reconstruction of metropolitan areas in Ukraine? How to build on an initial recovery to create a stable, sustainable and innovative spatial practice? For example, which policy reforms in the field of spatial planning could contribute to the prosperity, infrastructure and quality of life in Ukraine and the Netherlands?

This meeting is an initiative of UNUN.
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lecture → dec 08 '22

After Comfort: On Architecture and Climate with Daniel A. Barber

Independent School for the City, Delftsestraat 33-3, Rotterdam
In collaboration with OASE, journal for architecture, which is publishing an issue on ecology and aesthetics this autumn, de Dependance organises an evening to explore ways in which the built environment could become less, not more, dependent on sophisticated technological fixes. In what ways can we embed climate-oriented measures in architecture itself? What consequences does this have for how our buildings look? And should we also adjust our expectations regarding the comfort offered by our houses and offices?
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meet-up → nov 23 '22

UNUN meet-up #3

Timmerhuis, Halvemaanpassage 1, 3011 AH, Rotterdam
Please join the 3rd meet-up of Ukraine the Netherlands Urban Network, taking place at the Timmerhuis on Wednesday 23 November 2022 from 18:00-21:00. A networking event where we will give an update on the developments of the UNUN initiative (previously known as REstart Ukraine x The Netherlands) and invite Dutch and Ukrainian professionals to share and connect.
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meet-up → may 20 '22

Restart Ukraine X Rotterdam

Platform Wederopbouw Rotterdam, Architecture Institute Rotterdam (AIR) and Independent School for the City
Public event organised by Platform Wederopbouw Rotterdam, Architecture Institute Rotterdam (AIR) and Independent School for the City, together with Oleksandra Tkachenko and Hedwig van der Linden. Friday 20 May from 16:00 to 18:00. The proceeds of this event were donated to the Stand with Ukraine campaign by Canactions (Kyiv, UA)
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