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International Architecture Festival CANactions, Kiev, Ukraine

Major Architectural Event in Kyiv, Ukraine: 2018 Theme + Architects News

11 Feb 2018

On April 20-21, 2018, 11th CANactions International Architecture Festival will be held in Kyiv

CANactions seeks to enhance the creation of places and communities in Ukraine where people love to live and work. CANactions integrates the most relevant world experience in the sphere of architecture and urbanism to educate and inspire responsibility active change makers. For this moment, CANactions is a member of Future Architecture Platform.

International Architecture Festival CANactions Kiev 2018

Architecture Festival CANactions in Kiev 2018

Since 2008, the International Architecture Festival CANactions has become the biggest educational event in the sphere of Architecture and Urbanism in Ukraine and neighboring countries.

2018 is the 11th time the Festival is about to be held. The topic of this year’s festival is CONNECTIONS. Festival 2018 gathers the best world architecture festivals and forums as partners and coorganizers, who will curate one event/format within a two-day program in Kyiv. It will be masterclasses, workshops, discussions, competitions, city tours etc. Such cooperation is aimed to raise a number of important issues that can become a platform for future joint projects and new possibilities not only for the organizations themselves and the audience of the festival, but also for wider circle of professionals and communities.

Among participated organizations are London Festival of Architecture, Copenhagen Architecture Festival, New Generations (Italy), Urban Forum Almaty, EASA and others.
With the key-speeches provided by well-known international experts, current exhibitions, workshops and film screenings, we aim to create the conditions for sharing ideas and dialogue in the sphere of modern architecture and urban development.

Keynote speakers include:

– Jan Gehl / Gehl Architects
– Haris Piplas / ETH, U-TT
– Andreas Ruby / S AM
– Matthias Schuler / Transsolar
– Markus Appenzeller /MLA+

The main purpose is to capture the attention of the people for the ideas, thoughts, approaches and world experience in the sphere of architecture and urban development. It may be attained through collective efforts and team actions of everyone who acts or is interested in urban development all over the world. CANactions participants can provide for world community with an important source of human and intellectual capital, experience, international connections and influx of new ideas and values.

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30 Nov 2017

Architecture Festival CANactions in Kiev

International Architecture Festival CANactions 2018, Kiev

The CANactions International Architecture Festival — the largest architectural event in Ukraine, has run annually since 2008; CANactions School for Urban Studies and CANactions Public Program.

On April 20-21, 2018 we will be holding the 11th CANactions Festival. Since 2008 it has become the biggest educational event in the sphere of Architecture and Urbanism in Ukraine and neighboring countries. In June 2018 we celebrated our 10th anniversary at Mystetskyi Arsenal in Kyiv.

The Festival gathered more than 3000 visitors from all over Ukraine and beyond. In addition, we were happy to host among our key-speakers such world-respected experts as David Basulto/ArchDaily, Florian Idenburg/SO-IL, Diego Ceresuela and Alexis Kalagas/U-TT, Martin Rein-Cano/ TOPOTEK 1 and others.

21 Apr 2017

10th International Architecture Festival CANactions in Kiev

International Architecture Festival CANactions, Kiev

10th International Architecture Festival CANactions, which will be held at the biggest art and cultural platform of Ukraine the Mystetskyi Arsenal.
The chief topic of Festival is established as VALUES.
Dates: June 2-3, 2017
Festival CANactions Kiev facebook event

International Interdisciplinary workshop organized on the Festival location basis.
The name of the workshop is “Mystetskyi Arsenal: Spatial development scenarios”.
Applications deadline: May 7.
Festival CANactions Kiev Workshop


10th international Architecture Festival CANactions will be held in Kiev international Architecture Festival CANactions will be held in Kiev on the 2-3 of June at Mystetskyi Arsenal. The theme of the jubilee Festival is VALUES.

International Architecture Festival CANactions, Kiev

Special guests of the Festival are the world’s leading architects such as Florian Idenburg, Martin Rein-Cano and Hans van der Heijden who will hold the lectures for a wide audience. International Architectural Festival CANactions is the largest architectural event in Ukraine which was established in 2008. During the 10 years history 120 speakers and more than 36 000 visitors from all over the world participated in the Festival.

The goal of the 10th Festival is to discuss the values in the fields of architecture, urbanism and life in general. The CANactions team seeks to create the conditions for the ideas exchange and dialogue providing in the sphere of modern architecture. In the Festival framework guests will have the opportunity to observe the exhibitions and young architects’ presentations, to participate in discussions and workshops. In addition to these offers, there will be organized special separated kids playgroung.

The participation in the Festival have already approved Martin Rein-Cano, who is the founder of TOPOTEK 1 ( Berlin, Germany ) and in 2013 has received a gold medal from the International Olympic Committee for the project Superkilen in Copenhagen, Hans van der Heijden – the partner of the Hans van der Heijden Architect ( Amsterdam, Netherlands ), author of books and essays on urban design, professor of the University of Cambridge, Florian Idenburg , the principal of the architecture bureau SO – IL, who led the design teams of the glass pavilion in Toledo, Ohaio and the New Museum of Modern Art in New York.

International Architecture Festival CANactions Kiev 2017

They will hold lectures on the main stage of the Festival for all the guests. Moreover, various master-classes will be held during the Festival. They are “Sound Sculpture” by Wendy Anderson who is the curator of the University of Arts in London (UAL), “Situation eVALUEtion” provided by Grisha Zotov who is the principal of the architectural bureau “Architectural prescription” which is based in Amsterdam.

Another guest of the Festival – Jord den Hollander just on the eve of the Festival will lead the workshop ‘Cycling Cities Kyiv’, that will establish the opportunity to compare the cycling conditions in different cities around the world.

The project Is already hosted in Amsterdam, Beijing, Budapest, Milan, Havana, Mexico city, Taipei and Tirana and is now being held in Kiev. And the biggest international interdisciplinary workshop “Mystetskyi Arsenal:Spatial development scenarios” will be held on the May, 29 – June, 3 up to the Festival opening. The outcomes of the workshop will be presented at the Festival.

The organizer of the Festival is CANactions – educational platform that promotes the creation of places and communities in Ukraine where people would rather live and work. The co-organizer of the 10th International Architecture Festival is the National Cultural and Art Museum complex “Mystetskyi Arsenal”.

Festival CANactions Kiev

Festival CANactions International Interdisciplinary Workshop

Mystetskyi Arsenal: Spatial development scenarios



Format: 6-day international and interdisciplinary workshop in the framework of the 10th International Architecture Festival CANactions 2017 (with full-time involvement)

Curatorship: Mirjam Niemeyer / helsinkizurich (FI / CH)

Tutors: Víctor Cano Ciborro, Fani Kostourou, Adriana Pablos / Future Architecture Platform: call for ideas 2017

Dates: May 29 – June 3, 2017

Location: Mystetskyi Arsenal (10-12 Lavrska St., Kyiv, Ukraine)

Working language: English

Participants’ profile: Critically-thinking practitioners, researchers, and artists with background in urban design, city planning, and architecture, economics, political and cultural studies, journalism, sociology and other related fields

Number of participants: Up to 24

Tuition fee: None

CANactions provides: Accommodation in a hostel in the center of Kyiv (May 28 – June 4, 2017), lunches and coffee breaks, free tickets to all events of the International Architecture Festival CANactions 2017

Deadline for applications: May 07, 2017

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National Cultural-Arts and Museum Complex ‘Mystetskyi Arsenal’ is a large-scale cultural project of national and international importance in the historic center of Kyiv. Its mission is to promote the modernization of Ukrainian society and integration of Ukraine into the global context, based on the axiological potential of culture.

The Arsenal (fr.) was originally built as the factory for repair, manufacture, and storage of weapons. It was built in 1783-1801 according to the project by Lieutenant-General Ivan (Johann) Meller for the needs of the Kyiv garrison. The Old Arsenal Building is the historical and architectural monument of the state importance situated on the territory of the Old KyivPechersk fortress.

During the Independence of Ukraine, starting from 2005, Arsenal became the cultural and artistic institution and got the name ‘Mystetskyi Arsenal’ with the total area of 9.8 hectares and the exhibition area of the Old Arsenal building of 56.000 sq.m. Nowadays the Mystetskyi Arsenal complex is partly in a state of reconstruction and construction that’s why only 12.000 square meters are being used for art projects and events.

One of the Mystetskyi Arsenal’ main task is to create and continually expand the atmosphere of freedom and creative collaboration that is based upon the human dignity respect, solidarity, critical and responsible thinking. In order to achieve that spatial changes are needed in the sphere of space creation, which is close towards a modern person lifestyle and reflects the horizontal communication, equality and the accessibility requirements.


The workshop is aimed at elaboration of the spatial development scenarios for ‘Mystetskyi Arsenal’ established by the interdisciplinary teams under the curator’s and tutors’ guidance including:

a/ spatial development (“hard transformations”): project-planning suggestions that should lead to long-term and step-by-step transformations of certain buildings and spaces of Mystetskyi Arsenal taken the current challenges and opportunities into consideration

b/ experience development (“soft transformations”): proposals of the creation and usage of the Arsenal spaces and buildings, strategically aimed to create new experience and interaction with the space of Mystetskyi Arsenal.

International Architecture Festival CANactions 2017 image / information from Organizing Committee CANactions 21 April 2017

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CANactions School for Urban Studies  
Non-profit organization in Kiev, Ukraine
Address: Lavrska St, 16, Kyiv, Ukraine, 02000
Phone: +380 73 437 9008

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