Urban and Rural Development

Urban Synergy  (2019 – ongoing)

Two cities, Cologne and Kaliningrad, have a similar green belt with historic origin inside the city and they both have a common challenge on how to preserve and develop this urban area that nowadays serves as an important part of ecological structure and memorisation element of the city. The Unsergruenguertel in Cologne and the Park Ring in Kaliningrad are initiatives promoted by the groups of urban and climate activists. An important part of their work is negotiation with authorities and communication with other local actors, which requires a clear strategy of actions and leadership skills to perform it, as well as effective team collaboration and involving a community of supporters. Lack of these skills is relevant to many grass-roots activists who work on the issues connected to urban sustainability and historical heritage protection, which results in low efficiency of their work, marginalisation of their image and feeling of isolation. We aim to organise the event in Kaliningrad which will create a bridge between the activists working on similar projects and will provide them with valuable working instruments useful in a long-term perspective.

Project team:

Olga Bazarova (Germany), Vera Goshkoderia (Russia)


City Future Imaginarium (2017 – 2018)

City Future Imaginarium is a platform for a joint discussion on views of the future of the cities we live in. The project aimed to find a method to make residents proud of their living space. The ultimate goal was to show people that positive change is possible by giving voice to the locals, encouraging and inspiring them with possible pictures of future for their neighbourhood. City Future Imaginarium connects locals, artists, designers and architects by organizing workshops on future planning. The coordinators of the project also set up a series of educational master classes at schools in Moscow that inspired the young generation to take care of their urban environment.

Project team:

Alexander Rusanov (Russia), Pauliina Lukinmaa (Finland)


Greening the City (2017)

This project suggested a trilateral exchange program for civil society representatives from Russia, Ukraine and Germany, who work in the field of ecology, urbanism and culture. The central point for this project was Berlin as it demonstrated one of the development paths Kyiv and St. Petersburg could take in regards to green urban planning. This exchange experience helped to develop participants’ cities and achieve the desired change faster.

Project team:

Ksenia Gavrikova (Russia), Valentyn Nyzkovolosov (Ukraine), Katharina Hock (Germany)

Playhellocity  (2015-2016)

Are you fed up with the grey urban routine? Are you bored of the apathy and loners? Stir up your city and recover your positive energy. Fling yourself into the joy of play and the exciting adventures of your fresh urban life! By creating gamelike interventions the Project aims to challenge people to try out various strategies to build a more coherent community, increase social cohesion, interaction and cooperation between citizens sharing the same neighbourhood. The game was played in many cities across Europe, for example, Perm, Minsk and Pécs.

Project Team:

Anna Szilágyi-Nagy (Hungary), Ahniya Asanovich (Belarus), Anna Fadeeva (Russia), Ksenia Stepanenko (Russia)