The failed initiative to save postmodern buildings in Potsdam shows that participatory democracy is a struggle in Germany.
While Europe is talking about the need of strenghtening of local governance, in fact it’s not always possible to find a consensus between the authorities and the local communities.
Ekaterina Yuhnova made a private museum in her flat in a tipical tenement house in St.Petersburg. Her mission is to promote this heritage to people interested in the history of their town.
PeopleLoveSpaces took Ukranian and Russian musicians to a tour through several eastern European countries. This tour revealed how difficult it is to build communication between creative communities and to help artists mobility.
Not all grassroots projects are successful. But this does not mean that we should not try to create and take risks. Love, directed at places and people, gives us the strength to go forward.
Over the past few years, many grassroots initiatives have emerged in Kiev aimed at interacting with local communities, improving abandoned buildings, districts and social participation. We talked with organizers of these projects.
STAGE is an experimental public space built with help of international team of architects in Dnipro, Ukraine, which is conceived as an investigation of the cultural needs of the residents of the town.
Jamison Young bougth abandondoned railway station 70 kilometers south from Prague and made in it a rustic hotel with vintage furniture and a meditative atmosphere.
Nina Skibnevsky's clothing brand Haptic Path transmits her values: loving beauty and nature, travelling and justice.
Alexandra Selivanova is an expert in the Russian avant-garde – an art movement that greatly enriched art and architecture in the 1920s and 30s. She founded the Avant-Guard Centre, a research and exhibition centre in Moscow.
In 2016, Zhenya Nedosekina started the blog "Parallel," which is devoted to female musicians in Russia and other post-Soviet countries.
In Macarena - one of the most colorful quarters of the town of Seville - there is a house that works as a time machine. Once in it, you will travel to the beginning of the 20th century accompanied by an interesting community of contemporaries.