On November 26, 2015 the Center for Urban History hosted a lecture by Olena Betliy on "The City In The Kyiv City Council's Policies During The First World War" as part of the World War I exhibition.
The challenges facing the Kyiv City Council during the First World War, were not unique. Social policies were needed to help new vulnerable segments of the population (eg.: families in the lower social classes), build a network of institutions that would provide medical care to the wounded and general care for refugees, and establish a number of measures to combat the economic and fuel crises, among others. Despite this, the public council did not ignore the need to develop Kyiv. Interestingly, in this period, the Council attended not only to improving the infrastructure and expanding the city by creating new suburban communities, but also to the development of the city itself. The image of Kyiv, its functionality, the construction of urban space, and the development of an effective urban policy that was aimed at transforming Kyiv into an effective living organism - these were all issues that the Council was addressing. It is on these aspects which Olena Betliy focused her lecture on.