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City's Public Spaces
April 11, 2017

On April 11, 2017, at 6.00 pm, there will be a presentation of a collection of research articles "(Dis)Satisfaction With Public Spaces." It is third edition in the "Urban Studies" series, a project under the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s Office in Ukraine, a strategic partner of the Center for Urban Studies at the National University "Kyiv Mohyla Academy." Svitlana Shlipchenko, a chief compiler of the volume and head of academic programs of the Center for Urban Studies at NaUKMA, along with her colleagues, are going to present the book.

The collection "(Dis)Satisfaction With Public Spaces" consists of five chapters – "Revolution", "Politicians", "History", "Transformations" and "Image Project" that combined over two dozens of critical articles by authors from Ukraine, USA, Australia, India, Nigeria, and Greece. The volume has both broad geography, and a range of topics, such as rethinking the role of open spaces in modern cities, change of their functions and images, memory policies, inclusion problems.

The Center for Urban Studies of the National University "Kyiv Mohyla Academy" was created in October 2015. The goal of the Center is to conduct research and disseminate contemporary knowledge in urban studies, to introduce urban studies as a University educational subject. Public space is a priority in the Center’s team activities (such as study of the campus of NaUKMA, de-communization processes within the space of Kyiv and other cities in Ukraine).

Svitlana Shlipchenko is an architect by background, an urban theory scholar, author of the monographs "Architectural Principles of Post-Modernism " and "Written in Stone", as well as of many articles, co-author of the course "Urban Studies: Modern City" on the educational platform Prometheus, ideologist and chief editor of the series of publications "Urban Studies". Svitlana teaches courses in urban theory at the Department of Culture Studies at NaUKMA. In 2015, she started coordinating the research programs of the Center for Urban Studies at NaUKMA.