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Andre Tomczak and local movement for sustainable Potsdam

The failed initiative to save postmodern buildings in Potsdam shows that participatory democracy is a struggle in Germany.

For the Love of Tenement Housing

Ekaterina Yuhnova made a private museum in her flat in a typical tenement house in St.Petersburg. Her mission is to promote this heritage to people interested in the history of their town.

PeopleLoveSpaces: A Search for Community and Dialogue

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.

Celia Castro: From cultural cafe through coworking to personal blog

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. 

Five grassroots spaces and communities that create new Kiev

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.

Crowdfunded public space in Dnipro, where anyone can organize an event

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.

Island of misunderstanding: Wroclaw authorities put on sale iconic building

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. 

Lost and found: How one australian man bought former train station in Czech Republic

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.

Slow fashion from Tel Aviv: Nina Skibnevsky and her brand Haptic Path

Nina Skibnevsky's clothing brand Haptic Path transmits her values: loving beauty and nature, travelling and justice.

Unknown Moscow: Centre of Avant-Garde in the Shabolovka District

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.  

“Parallel” blog about women in music by Zhenya Nedosekina (Moscow)

In 2016, Zhenya Nedosekina started the blog "Parallel," which is devoted to female musicians in Russia and other post-Soviet countries.

The Last of the Sevillian Corrales: How to Keep An Old House and Fill It With New Content

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.

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