Chronicle

Days of Modernism
August 28, 2015

From August 25 to 29, 2015 the educational project "Days of Modernism at City Hall: architecture, urban vision, heritage" was held in Lviv. It was an extension of a lecture-discussion series at the Center for Urban History.

Lecturers from Amsterdam, Kyiv, Lviv, Moscow and New York talked about urban planning in the twentieth century, and demonstrated the world's best examples of how to rethink the modernist heritage. One of the objectives of "Days of Modernism at City Hall" was to attempt to provoke and inspire visitors to take a fresh look at the so-called "depressed areas" of the city, and to see in them possibility and space for creativity.

Meetings with individuals who are highly respected in architectural and urban planning circles, also caused great interest among the general public. Each lecture or presentation took place in a crowded room. The presence of such highly respected in their fields individuals also spurred interest among representatives of leading Ukrainian media outlets. Interviews with lecturers can be read by following the following links:

Yulia Bohdanova, "Owners are Destroying the Appeal of their Neighborhoods"
Kees van Ruyven: "You Are Also Owners of the City, You Should Invest Yourself in It!"
Nikolay Malinin "Constructivism - the Most Important Thing Russian Architecture gave the World in the 20th Century"

Open lectures were held simultaneously with the International Architectural Summer School "Novyi Lviv". They were organized by the Centre for Urban History (Lviv) and the Moscow Architectural School MARSh (an independent school that works closely with the London Metropolitan University).

For the culmination of "Days of Modernism at City Hall," students from Ukraine, Poland, Russia, Germany and Slovakia presented the project "A New Lviv for Novyi Lviv," which suggested ways to rebuild and sustain the development of this district.

The videos of the lectures are available through the link

With support from German Society for International Cooperation GIZ.