Ukraine - the Netherlands Urban Network

The Panorama Ukraine: Working on water

Date: Mon 27 November – Fri 1 December 2023
Location: Keilezaal, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Organized by: International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR), Archiprix International, Ukraine–the Netherlands Urban Network (UNUN), College van Rijksadviseurs (CRa), Vereniging Deltametropool (VDM), Independent School for the City, City of Rotterdam, and Nieuwe Instituut (NI), local Ukrainian partners and stakeholders.
From November 27th – December 1st, we invite (inter)national designers, municipalities and water experts to Rotterdam to work on water-related issues in relation to the Ukrainian rebuilding process.
The Panorama Ukraine: Working on water - workshop, is a week-long, interdisciplinary program, which will include inspiring lectures from leading experts around water-related issues (from design to technological, from ecology to governance perspectives), excursions to relevant projects and practices, and, of course, the situated and in-depth design workshops themselves.

During the workshops, international and interdisciplinary teams will work intensively together on several case studies, located in Ukraine – in a stimulating setting, surrounded by experts and peers from all over the world. Divided into five groups, the participants will approach one of the case studies through the lens of the following subthemes, all related to the rebuilding and reconstruction in the lower Dnipro-delta:
o Equitable drinking water accessibility
o Water as a sustainable energy source
o Water availability for agrarian purposes and industries
o Water in regional ecosystems
o Water in climate adaptation (inland + river + sea)
o Water as a carrier of socio-cultural spatial identities
o Integral water governance (from (inter)national to regional and local scale)

Designers, architects and experts from Ukraine and The Netherlands, as well as local stakeholders from different municipalities, will help all participants to understand the specific and situated needs, contexts and questions from Ukraine. The designers will use their research and analytical skills and the power of (design)imagination to visualize how spatial design in general and architecture, urbanism and landscape architecture can contribute to, and form initial conclusions around the situated issues at hand. The results of the five case studies will be presented and discussed collectively. As such, the Panorama Ukraine: Working on water – workshop will serve as an incubator of integral concepts around the rebuilding of Ukraine and jumpstart collaborations between international design talent, water experts and people specialized in innovative governance.
The lessons learned, approaches, strategies and the propositional (design)solutions developed during these workshops, will be made accessible to be deployable elsewhere: after all, water is a global and planetary issue.
@IABR / Sabine van der Vooren
@IABR / Sabine van der Vooren
In this respect, the pursuit of a healthy and equitable ecosystem is central to the IABR. In the context of the longer-term Panorama Ukraine-program, IABR takes care of the project coordination together with partners Archiprix International, Ukraine–the Netherlands Urban Network (UNUN), College van Rijksadviseurs (CRa), Vereniging Deltametropool (VDM), Independent School for the City, City of Rotterdam, and Nieuwe Instituut (NI) and local Ukrainian partners such as ReStart Ukraine.
After an intensive and inspiring week, the participants will present their results on the last day (Friday, December 1st). We aim to have various spatial designs for specific parts of the Kakhovka Dam region, both on different spatial scales and with different temporalities, next to more strategic plans for water management.
The results will include timelines, narratives, sketches and reflections on lessons learned. The ambition is to integrate all of these designs into a map of the entire region, which will be shared in an online knowledge-sharing and archiving environment. As such, we will jointly develop building blocks for Ukrainian and global communities struggling with water management issues, that can be shared with and applied in other global contexts.


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List of lectures

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English and Ukrainian versions can be found here
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