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

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updates


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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lecture → dec 21

Deltametropolis: Ukraine and the Netherlands

Het Nieuwe Instituut, Museumpark 25, Rotterdam
Designer, researcher and consultant Paul Gerretsen of the Deltametropool Association and a guest speaker from Ukraine will discuss metropolitan development in their two countries. Could lessons learned from the reconstruction of Rotterdam 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? And 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

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

Independent School for the City, Delftsestraat 33-3, Rotterdam
Since the advent of modern architecture, we in the West have relied heavily on fossil fuels to create stable interior environments, by either heating or cooling our buildings. One of the consequences of this self-imposed dependence on technological solutions is that we have lost the ability to adapt ourselves and our architecture to the climate. Now that it has become clear that this model has become unsustainable, architecture faces major challenges.

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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