Modernist peripheries: between mass concepts and individual experiences
Natalia MysakCenter for Urban History
February 7, 2019 / 7.00 pm
National Art Museum of Ukraine (6, Mykhaila Hrushevskoho St, Kyiv)
The massive housing construction appeared as the answer to the acute housing issue that arose after the Second World War in Europe and was associated with the industrial restructuring. A large-scale housing units built in the structure of many cities, and mainly in their peripheries, nowadays still remain an important component of housing fund. However, the quantitative resolution of the late twentieth century housing problem turned into a "qualitative" issue in the 21st century, given the new social challenges and changing lifestyles and cohabitation in the city. The transformation scenarios of built on the similar principles modernist housing units often have radically different development vectors and to a great extent depend on the contexts.
Therefore, it would be considered to talk about the transformation processes of the mass Ukrainian housing areas in a wider European context, and to trace the tension between the mass perceptions and individual experiences of living in these areas. The Sykhiv residential district in Lviv would be described as a special case together with its several public spaces projects, illustrating the tension between narratives together with conflicts and cooperation among the stakeholders.
Lecture is a part of CANactions Public Program.
Image: Sykhiv, Lviv. Photo by Natalia Mysak