Visit to Kharkiv, Ukraine – June, 2015

Meeting at KNUCEA, Kharkiv, Ukraine (4-7 June, 2015)

SEHUD consortium including partners from 6 EU and 8 UA universities and organizations took part in the meeting at KNUCEA. KNUCEA visit program covered activities of all 8 work packages with emphasis on WP3, WP4, WP6 and WP7. Meeting gave a unique opportunity for collaborative work for not only EU-UA SEHUD project developers but also for UA students who could directly receive feedback to their projects from EU experts in the field of sustainable urban development. UA students and practitioners could visit lectures of prominent EU professors and ask questions. All UA students and meeting participants have received international certificates justifying their professional development in USD training and methodology within workshop organized during the meeting. During meeting a lot of attention was devoted to methodological issues: 1) students’ workshop methodology including a) students’ project presentations, b) EU partners’ lectures, c) round table of EU-UA experts in the presence of students was proposed by prof. Maria-Gracia Folli (Politechnico di Milano); 2) lecture delivered by Prof. Oksana Fomenko (KNUCEA) deals with original methodology of UA students project development based on system approach where introduction of theoretical issues (analysis of existing world crisis in correlation with sustainable development principles presented as architectural response in the format of concrete actions pictograms) is transferred into distinctions of architects roles on different levels of education process according to learning cycle that includes cognitive stage - concrete territory analyses - project work; 3) round table discussions were also productive from methodological point of view (see information to WP4). 5 students’ presentations as well as 8 lectures of EU and UA professors were uploaded to RSD self-developing knowledge base and STV-team platform. During the meeting of SEHUD consortium there was presented KNUCEA infrastructure developed on the basis of TEMPUS finance: two e-training centers; international projects e-cetre; e-expo centre. IT team together with the Prof. Oksana Fomenko (head of Innovative Technologies in Architectural Design Department of KNUCEA) and her team presented in a virtual room 5 films reflecting key directions of using advanced technologies in students’ projects and research work as well as demonstrated 3-d printers and scanners practically used in students’ project devoted to humanization of sustainable architectural objects with the help of ornaments. The second term of SEHUD pilot phase (module 3 & module 4) was completed by workshop. Methodology of workshop was proposed by Prof. Maria-Gracia Folli (Polytechnico di Milano). The workshop included: 1) students projects presentations (5 UA universities): “Osnova” – KNUCEA; “Zapadnyi Industrial Area along the Dnipro” – PSACEA; “Mizhliman’ye” – ODABA; “Pidzamche” – IALPNU; "Telichka" - KNUCA; 2) Lectures delivered by Prof. Sebastian Macmillan (Cambridge University) "Architecture and the value of place" and John Barber (Cambridge University) "Sustainable development of megapolis"; 3) Round table discussion of EU and UA experts at the presence of students with feedback and planning next steps. The workshop has three stages: before - during - after. Preliminary and actual stages were a success: 1) students presentations from leading architectural schools of Ukraine gave unique opportunity for students and professors to interact and get feedback from leading EU experts in the field of sustainable development. 2) Lectures of Prof. Sebastian Macmillan and Prof. John Barber (Cambridge University) attracted not only students’ interest but practical architects of Kharkiv. The auditorium was crowded with people, students and practitioners asked a lot of questions that proved the fact that they are really motivated for EU-UA collaborative work in the field of sustainable urban development. 3) The results of Round table were also very productive. It was decided: a) to organize EU-UA universities Skype sessions for detailed analyses of students projects; b) to develop horizontal links between EU-UA students by organizing special page at SEHUD site and platform; c) to open more vast possibilities for collaborative publications both for experts and students. It was proposed to develop templates for essence presentations of students’ projects, research projects and articles in order to upload them to SEHUD database for partners’ information. On the other hand, it was proposed for participating universities to develop the list of publications where SEHUD partners can publish their works; d) to develop the information recourses by organizing SEHUD page at WIKIPEDIA with links to SEHUD site and platform that will provide links to the sites of SEHUD consortium organizations. Refreshed matrix reflecting readiness of RSD course units was presented by KNUCEA evaluation team. The situation was positively changed by IALPNU but remain unchanged by KNUCA. It was decided to propose contingency plan to overcome the obstacles for RSD CU publications and to oblige KNUCA to present their CU during Odessa meeting in June. During meeting at KNUCEA a whole range of dissemination events were organized: 1) local university TV broadcasted information concerning SEHUD project a week before and during the meeting; 2) "Dissemination desks" were functioning during the meeting; 3) opening session with greetings from Yuriy Shkodovskiy, Rector of KNUCEA and general information from Sergey Chehelnitskiy, Chief Architect of Kharkiv, presentation of participants and SEHUD project by UA coordinator Tatiana Sergeyeva as well as presentation of students’ workshop and project infrastructure were broadcasted by Kharkiv TV as main event of the day during prime time in the program of news and as detailed information at Sunday news; 4) a range of articles concerning event and SEHUD project aims, achievements and prospective were published at UA mass media and INTERNET; 5) Cambridge partners John Barber and Sebastian Macmillan were invited to the popular TV program "Vision territory" where they informed about SEHUD project essence; 6) KNUCEA newspaper published 2 articles reflecting the event; 7) SEHUD site reflected all events in details; 8) all events of the meeting were advertised in advance and open to the public (see WP4). Meeting at KNUCEA had one of its key goals the development of USD multidisciplinary international network. For this purpose a whole range of events were developed covering different sides of possible after project collaboration activities in the field of sustainable development. The program was thematically divided into the following directions: 1) Academic Kharkiv: introduction to the School of Architecture including KNUCEA departments of Urban Development, Fundamentals of Architecture, Architectural Heritage Preservation, Architectural Design, Innovative Technologies in Architectural Design, Painting and Drawing; 2) Architectural Kharkiv (sustainable city) a) architectural objects were presented by their authors - representatives of Kharkiv architectural school - Sergey Chechelnitskiy presented Square of Constitution, Square of Architects, Mirrh-Bearing Women Cathedral and Opera House; Yuriy Shkodovskiy presented Palace of Students, Tatiana Polivanova - Gorkiy Park (outstanding landscaping development in Kharkiv); Aleksander Chub - Stadium "Metallist"; Yuriy Plaksiyev - Concert Hall "Ukraine"; b) SEHUD partners visited Kharkiv professional Union of Architects; c) guests were presented by ass. professor Vladimir Lopatko the restored or renovated 18th-19th centuries estates where fine arts gallery, museums, professional societies (House of Scientist, House of Artists, House of Architects, House of Police) are situated; 3) Industrial Kharkiv: SEHUD partners visited Kharkiv turbine plant "Turboatom", the oldest confectionary factory in Ukraine "Biscuit factory" , Kharkiv Line-city - urban development where most of industrial enterprises are situated; 4) Kharkiv - the capital of Constructivism: SEHUD partners visited Svobody square, Gosprom, Kharkiv University ensemble, Railwaystation "Yuzhniy"; 5) Historical Kharkiv: guests visited monument to T. Shevchenko by of Sculptor Manizer, Cascade city panorama, Historical museum, Assumption Cathedral, Annunciation Cathedral, Intercession Monastery; 6) Kharkiv of Art: partners visited Kharkiv National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre named after N. Lysenko for ballet "Zhizel" (A. Adan), Opera House exhibition Hall, contemporary art gallery "Yermilov-centre", AVEC exhibition hall, outdoor art market, light-musical fountain; 7) Slobozhanschina: SEHUD partners were acquainted with Kharkiv region natural, landscape and architectural landmarks. Significant event aimed at developing SEHUD network was devoted to awarding the title of Honorable Professor to the Doctor of Cambridge University John Barber for his 15 years support in moving Ukrainian universities and organizations towards European integration. Being one of the most active SEHUD project developer John Barber earned the love and respect of all SEHUD consortium. An award is the acknowledgement of his merits and the honor for the KNUCEA.

Sara Caspani (POLIMI) and UA coordinators had a range of bilateral meetings for solving financial problems. UA coordinators had a meeting devoted to the problem of RSD CU publications. Due to the fact that project coordinator refused to sign triple agreement between POLIMI - publisher - UA universities it was decided to find appropriate scheme for publication. At the same time it was decided to intensify the work for CU formatting. During coordination meetings with representatives of Saragossa and Odessa the programs of the approaching meetings were discussed. A range of organizational issues concerning students’ workshop, establishing horizontal links between students by organizing new pages on SEHUD site and platform, providing SEHUD promotion via WIKIPEDIA with links to SEHUD site and sites of consortium members; providing templates for students’ projects and articles for publications were discussed.