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PROJECT DESCRIPTION

It is well known that Russian and Ukrainian Avant-garde and Constructivist architecture from the 1920s and 30s made one of the most important contributions to the International Modern Movement.
However, with many developers, governing bodies and even architects now considering it cheaper to replace than to preserve, iconic examples of this cultural and architectural heritage are threatened by numerous development projects, in turn threatening the distinctive urban character and cultural specificities of the cities of Moscow and Kiev. This is not exclusively Russian and Ukrainian heritage, but rather of global importance.

The EU-sponsored project RKM_Save Urban Heritage intends to demonstrate that avant-garde architectural heritage can be a powerful agent for stimulating not only economic development, but also the social and cultural growth of communities.

RKM aims to create a replicable model for the safeguarding, valorisation and promotion of architectural heritage and urban fabric in the cities of Moscow and Kiev, building awareness amongst administrations and key stakeholders of the value of such a cause in terms of economic and cultural development.

Core to the project are the international networked labs, based in Moscow and Kiev, designed to assist stakeholders in developing instruments for the marketing and promotion of each city's cultural heritage, the development of plans with experts and investors for building restoration, the creation of regulations for cultural heritage conservation and the development of an on-line database of avant-garde architecture in these two cities.

The objectives of the international networked labs are:

  • Informing and sensitising local residents, local and national governing bodies and public opinion to the importance of the preservation, recovery, valorisation and promotion of Moscow and Kiev's valuable architectural heritage: the works of the Avant-garde architects of the early 20th century.
  • Developing new methods of heritage conservation and valorisation and the promotion of dialogue between local administrations and experts, investors, citizens and universities. This strategic approach is based on the participation of the vast range of actors involved in the formulation of objectives.
  • Promoting the creation of public-private partnerships in processes of urban heritage conservation and valorisation.
  • Supporting processes of entrepreneurship in the urban heritage sector, with the goal of exposing the potentials related to investments in urban heritage conservation and valorisation, encouraging marketing and tourism policies and cultural activities fundamental to local economic development.
  • The identification of specific tools of governance aimed at promoting urban heritage as an important driving force behind local growth and socio-economic development, in order to ensure sustainable social, economic and environmental development.