The failed initiative to save postmodern buildings in Potsdam shows that participatory democracy is a struggle in Germany.
In November, People Love Spaces took Ukranian and Russian independent musicians to a showcase tour through several central and eastern European countries. This tour revealed to us how difficult it is to build communication between creative communities and to help artists to be more mobile in Europe.
By Maxim Silva
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. This happened to Celia Castro in the Spanish city of Seville.
Over the past few years, many grassroots initiatives have emerged in Kiev aimed at interacting with local communities, improving abandoned districts, social participation. Katya Taylor talked with organisers of such projects to find out what inspired them and why they do it.
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.
By Maxim Silva
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. The drama of an old mansion in the Polish city of Wroclaw is one of the examples of the defeat of grassroots initiative.
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.
Owners of the former paper factory at Basmanny district in Moscow run an art-gallery on its territory, make exhibitions and recently has created a unique local museum.
Nina Skibnevsky's slow fashion brand Haptic Path transmits her values: loving beauty and nature, travelling and justice
Chicago based architectural historian Elizabeth Blasius is exploring and defending vernacular architecture, that is designed and based on local materials, needs and traditions.
In 2015, Manuela Carmena from the new party «Ahora Madrid» («Now Madrid») became the mayor of Madrid. Since then, the urban policy of the Spanish capital underwent major changes. We invite you for a walk through living Madrid.
Alexandra Selivanova founded the Avant-Garde Centre, a research and exhibition centre in Moscow. Alexandra wished to not only promote avant-garde heritage, but also to create a strong local community.