Polish artist Agatha Grzych opened a temporary art gallery in a 15 square meters room in a former chemistry school.
Ektarina Yukhnieva, a historian of Architecture based in St. Petersburg, wanted to preserve the original interiors of tenement buildings and to promote the heritage of these buildings. Yukhnieva lives in such a building and as a part of her mission, she built a museum in her flat.
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.
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.
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.
If you want to visit a real grassroots project in Russia, you should defenitely go to see TEXTIL space in the city of Yaroslavl. It's a social and cultural center in outskirt of Yaroslavl on the territory of a legendary Textile Factory.