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.
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.
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 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.