Sykhiv Walk
September 9, 2017

On September, 8-10, 2017, Lviv was hosted European Heritage Days. This year, the focus was on presenting the history of urban factories, hospitals, and schools. Industrial facilities, enterprises, public institutions, schools and universities were the elements making up the dynamics of urban development. Today, they are an important part of material heritage of Lviv, while their past evokes growing interest with the residents of the city. During the European Heritage Days, historians, art critics, architects, and tour guides will be telling to Lviv residents about the history of less notable but no less important industrial landmarks and public institutions. 

Center for Urban History joined the program of European Heritage Days and offered Lviv European two events: city walk "Pubic Space of Sykhiv: Frame of References of Public Institutions" and a presentation "Ancient City – Young City": industrial Lviv in the newsreels and photographs from the Urban Media Archive, within he [un]Archiving cycle.

On September, 9, 2017, at 12 p.m., within the European Heritage Days, everyone interested could join the city walk "Pubic Space of Sykhiv: Frame of References of Public Institutions." 

New residential neighborhoods of socialist Lviv, similar to other Soviet cities, were planned on the basis of the Stage-by-stage system of servicing. It implied respective levels of accessibility for each type of public buildings and their location within the city structure.  Educational and medical establishments of Sykhiv keep meeting the "everyday" and "random" needs, but now in a new context, when the clearly planned space of the microdistricts overlaps with new buildings, processes, and senses. Present-day libraries, schools, and polyclinics of Sykhiv function in between the original intentions of their authors and the everyday life of local residents. Architect and researcher of the Center for Urban History Natalia Mysak will be telling about development of dynamic urban space in the intersection of everyday routines and the planned ideas. The walk is designed on the basis of materials from the "Lviv Interactive" project. It is a digital platform to study the history of Lviv through places and spaces where research texts and multimedia materials are presented on the interactive map. Duration of the walk – 1 hour.

All activities within the European Heritage Days were free of charge and were initiated by people caring for the history of their city. Participating capacity for most events was limited. Registration was open from September, 4, 3 p.m. till September, 7, 3 p.m. on the website, and from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. by the telephone +38067 37 33 652.

Full program of events as a part of European Heritage Days can be downloaded through the link. (in Ukrainian)

European Heritage Days is a pan-European initiative officially launched by the Council of Europe in 1991. The goal of the project is to draw attention of residents and visitors of the city to cultural heritage and its role in the development of present-day society. Main idea of the walk is to discover and see some usually closed or little known sites to bring publicity to their historical and architectural value.