about VALUES

What is your daydream?

What is the most important in life?

What does the quality of life consist of?

What is valuable in the city?

And what is harmful?

When you determine values,

Goals appear to be clear -

It is easy to move forward than.

As they told us:

From the common towards partial

Viktor Zotov,
CANactions founder

Educational platform CANactions
We seek to enhance the creation of places and communities in Ukraine where people love to live and work. We integrate the most relevant world experience in the sphere of architecture and urbanism to educate and inspire responsibly active change makers.
International Architecture Festival CANactions

With the lectures provided by well-known foreign and Ukrainian experts, current exhibitions, workshops and film screenings we aim to create the conditions for the ideas sharing and dialogue in the sphere of modern architecture. Today Festival is the largest architectural event in Ukraine with a ten-year history.

In 2015 we founded the experimental educational institution in Kyiv - CANactions School for Urban Studies. Our chief goal is to educate active change makers through the contemporary Ukrainian cities research and elaborating of their strategic vision concepts.

We believe that the launching of competitive practice will lead to the projects' quality advance. That's why we hold such competitions as: Dream Action, Urban Action program, Young Architects Competition and Street Geberit. These and other competitions serves as tools for public organizations, institutions and individuals to implement their ideas of urban development in Ukraine life.

Since the festival is a large-scale event, which takes place only once a year, we hold monthly public events additionaly: lectures, workshops, discussions and children's programs. The main purpose of public events is to present interesting ideas and projects from Ukraine and from abroad
Martin Rein-Cano
Martin Rein-Cano was born in Buenos Aires in 1967. He studied Art History at Frankfurt University and Landscape Architecture at the Technical Universities of Hannover and Karlsruhe. He trained in the office of Peter Walker and Martha Schwartz in San Francisco and has worked with the office of Gabi Kiefer in Berlin. Martin Rein-Cano has been appointed as a guest professor in Europe and North America and frequently lectures at internationally renowned universities and cultural institutions. He also regularly serves on competition juries. In 1996 he founded the TOPOTEK 1 office. In 1999, Lorenz Dexler became a managing partner at the studio.

TOPOTEK 1 understands itself as a traveller within the fringe areas of the different disciplines, typologies and scales. TOPOTEK 1 is rooted in the context of the design of public urban spaces and the process of developing urban topics, but also undertakes excursions into the conception and realisation of exhibitions and art installations.

Several professional books and articles have been published exclusively on his work, which has been honoured with many awards and prizes. In 2013 TOPOTEK 1 received the gold medal from the International Olympic Committee IOC/IAKS Architecture Award for the Superkilen project in Copenhagen and the bronze medal for the Heerenschürli sport facilities in Zurich; the Red Dot 'Best of the Best' Award, the Institute Honour Of National AIA Awards and the Award of Recognition for the German Landscape Architecture Prize 2013. Lastly Topotek1 was awarded the 1st Prize in the German Landscape Architecture Award 2015 for the project UNESCO World Heritage Site Abbey Lorsch and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2016 for the Superkilen project.

Martin Rein Cano's work is rooted in the design of urban spaces and urban development plans, his key interest lies in combining various disciplines, taking things out of their traditional context and placing them in another.

Hans van der Heijden
Hans van der Heijden Architect was set up in 2014 by Hans van der Heijden after leaving biq, the company he established in 1994. HvdH has specialised in housing design, both in new build and refurbishment, in the Netherlands and abroad. The Bluecoat arts centre in Liverpool was completed to international acclaim. HvdH has received numerous awards for his housing projects, including two nominations for the Mies van der Rohe Award. He is the author of books and essays on housing and urban design. HvdH has been the Sir Arthur Marshall Visiting Professor for Sustainable Urban Design at Cambridge University.

Opulence and delight are experiences which may evoke a sense of luxury in architecture - different from the outdated notion of luxury in the sense of excess or extravagance.
Florian Idenburg
Co-founder SO – IL, USA
Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu co-founded SO – IL during the financial crisis of 2008 with the notion to realize ideas in the world. Prior to founding SO – IL, Idenburg gained experience at the practice of Pritzker laureates Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA), where he led the design teams for the Glass Pavilion in Toledo, Ohio and The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City.

Florian especially recognizes the merit of combining practice with academia to allow cross-pollination to stimulate innovation. He is Associate Professor in Practice of Architecture at Harvard's Graduate School of Design, where he currently leads a three-year research project on transformations in the workplace. Idenburg holds a MSc. in Architecture from Delft University of Technology.
In his writing, he has reflected on his own architectural activities as they relate to the position of contemporary architecture and the larger framework of cultural production.
National Cultural-Art and Museum Complex "Mystetskyi Arsenal"
Lavrska str, 10-12, 01010, Kyiv
Mystetskyi Arsenal
Architectural and meaningful dominant of National Cultural-Art Museum Complex "Mystetskyi Arsenal" is the Old Arsenal building, an architectural monument of national importance, which was erected in 1783-1801 according to project by Lieutenant-General Ivan (Johann) Meller for the needs of the Kyiv garrison on the site of the Ascension Nunnery. During the Independence of Ukraine, starting from 2003, Arsenal became the cultural and artistic institutions and got the name "Mystetskyi Arsenal."
Boryspil International Airport (IATA: KBP, ICAO: UKBB) is an international airport in Boryspil, 29 km (18 mi) east of Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. It is the country's largest airport, serving 65% of its passenger air traffic, including all its intercontinental flights and a majority of international flights.

Kyiv International Airport (Zhuliany) (IATA: IEV, ICAO: UKKK) is one of the two passenger airports of the Ukrainian capital Kiev. It is owned by the municipality of Kiev and located in the southern Zhuliany neighbourhood of the city.

International buses stop at the central station, which is a squalid place that is anything but central (metro station Demyvska, M2 line). There are frequent direct buses of variable quality from Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Belarus, Greece and Moldova.
Kyiv's central railway station Kyiv Passazhyrskyi (Київ-Пасажирський) is close to the city centre. Metro station Vokzalna (метро "Вокзальна") on the M1 line connects to the railway terminal.
Ukraine is a big country, and the conflict in its eastern part has no influence on the safety in Kyiv.

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