In 20th century our cities were built to make living, work and leisure spatially separated from each other to make the cities more efficient, rational, and hygienic. Today we observe this division by leaving our “sleeping” districts, bypassing enormous (post)industrial zones to get to the city center to the office or to have fun.


Nowadays, inhabitants, as well as companies, are rediscovering the qualities of integrated production sites in the city. By linking production, living and leisure – the routes become shorter – people get more connected to the products, services and cultural activities. This proximity in turn ensures new knowledge and opens new opportunities for cooperation, production and innovation - which are sometimes failing to find the right point of balance and wasting synergy potentials. This proximity is leading to the rise of socially-driven practices focusing on participation and community engagement - which are although sometimes misused for toxic hierarchies to be validated.


We’re inviting for a common honest and critical conversation on the topic of future of the city, on the future of its production and on the future of its community inclusion - complex as it is, timely as it is, exiting as it is. Let’s think together on the following questions:

  • Could this be an alternative to the trend of outsourced production?

  • What are the consequences of shifting the production out of the city, connected with the loss of skills for innovation in industry?

  • How architecture, design and art can contribute to the circular economy in the city, and how it can help to integrate the revitalization project of the old factory into the area around?


The discussions of City Scanning Symposium will be developed around the following aspects:

(1) Production in the City

(2) Circular Economy

(3) Shared Spaces

(4) Community Inclusion

(5) Decentralization in the City

(6) (Post)Revitalization.

City Scanning Symposium will provide 6 panel discussions with practitioners as well as following discussion and reflection rounds. The final symposium day will be devoted to smart networking, working relationships and common reflections in form of an urban picnic. The daily timing of the symposium is designed in a way to enable the participants being involved in evening activities of City Scanning Festival (see programm here), so be prepared for a mix of knowledge, reflection, networking, art and fun. The preliminary agenda of the City Scanning Symposium can be found under this link.




Ivano-Frankivsk has a post-industrial scenery which is scattered throughout the city. The background of the festival is the concept of  “city decentralization” to strengthen the local autonomy and local economy, with the example of the district around the Promprylad Plant. This post-industrial building became part of the grassroot initiative - Promprylad.Renovation – to be renovated for the next four years. Our goal is to co-create the future of this post-industrial neighbourhood - new models which could be transformed, shared and scaled-up - with urban professionals, artists, local businesses, municipalities and residents. The entire area of Promprylad Plant is still alive and quite connected to the city, not too far away. In this neighbourhood there is an opportunity to connect the living industrial heritage with a new creative industry - we intend to use our chance.


For everybody feeling addressed by the topic. Urban experts, architects, artists, citizens, educators, entrepreneurs, academics… no matter how you identify yourself, feel invited to join. Main working language of symposium is Ukrainian, translation into and from English will be provided.


City Scanning Symposium is being designed and organised by MetaLab and in partnership with Insha Osvita in frames in City Scanning Festival. International Urban Festival City Scanning Session ’19 is organized by MetaLab in Ivano-Frankivsk with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation (UCF), of the program Culture Bridges funded by the European Union and is supported by the US Embassy in Ukraine (US Embassy).


Register under this link till 05th of July. The number of participants is restricted - the registration form can be closed earlier, so don’t hesitate. All of the registered participants get access to the whole program including materials and refreshments. We do not provide accomodation or travel costs reimbursement.

Participants needing a travel grant in order to participate on the symposium should please fill in this form till 30th of May. Please note that we have only restricted amount of travel grants covering travel costs only.