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.



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.


(1) Production in the city

  • Manufacturing in the world vs. manufacturing in Ukraine: critical differences and special characteristics.

  • Ukrainian cities — manufacturing platforms for what? Is the format of neighborhood, craft, offline manufacturing facilities sustainable?


(2) Circular economy (closed-loop economy)

  • Can the transition to circular economy be viewed as a return to the pre-industrial past with new technology?

  • Circular economy for the economy and in production.

  • Circular economy and the environment.

  • Impact investment: what is it and can it stimulate development of local economies?

(3) (Pre&Post) Revitalisation

  • Revitalization of post-industrial facilities: trend or necessity?

  • What motivates developers to choose the path of revitalization of post-industrial facilities rather than construct entirely new developments?

  • What kind of expertise is required to start such a project? What is the role of an architect?

(4) Decentralisation in the city

  • What is a self-sufficient neighborhood, what are the main factors of its creation? How do you create a balanced format of development for a neighborhood with mixed types of activities? The Leipzig Charter.

  • Is the self-identification of a neighborhood important for its successful development?

  • The neighborhood and new housing. How to avoid segregation with gated residential complexes?

  • Which approaches to planning modern residential neighborhoods can be realized within the limits of the modernist planning of socialist neighborhoods?


(5) Community Inclusion 

  • Why is community engagement in art, culture and urban projects still relevant and gaining momentum? What is the difference in participatory approaches and motivations of different actors (artists, cultural figures, researchers and administration)?

  • What is participation: an instrument for creating a contemporary democratic society or an instrument for avoiding conflict?

  • How participatory practices can functionally ensure social justice without resorting to stereotypes and populism?