Some might think that urbanism is all about parks and bicycle lanes – for those of you who think so – yes, that’s right, we do love parks and care to have more greenery in city, yes, we do love and ride bicycle and care about sustainable mobility – but urbanism is way more than that! It’s about loving the place you live in – the city – it’s about mastering the city, getting to know it better and enjoying inhabiting it.

So if you’d be curious enough to visit us what’d you find? You might run into one of our like-minded colleagues from different cities whom we invite for open lectures, public speakings, workshops and urban summer schools organized by us.

See videos of our educational events

Or you might not find us in our office for we’d be on our ‘field mission’ in the city doing researches, exploring urban fabric, seeking and testing solutions for urban problems, doing interventions to reinvent the space we live in.

Learn more about our footprint in the city

Or you might land in the middle of discussion or collaborative work with one of our partners, local initiatives or NGOs for we are also a platform for dialogue and exchange of experience on our common urban issues.

Our Team

Nastassia Andrukovich

Architect, urbanist, MA Hafen City University (Hamburg), EASA National Contact for Belarus2010—2015. Alter-ego—racoon.

Dzmitry Bibikau

Urban planner and urbanist, MA in Architecture and Urban planning from BNTU (Minsk, 2015), MA in Spatial planning and Regional studies from the University of Warsaw (EUROREG, since 2017),  ISOCARP member since 2015.

Andrey Vozyanov

Urban anthropologist, editor, musician. PhD student, University of Regensburg

Anastasiya Germatskaya

Student, Faculty of Architecture, Belarusian National Technical University

Alina Hramyka

Architect, Belarusian National Technical University (Minsk) 2014, ISS Summer School, University of Oslo (2013), MLA+ (2013), EASA National Contact for Belarus 2012—2016.

Andrei Karpeka

Urbanist, independent researcher, MA Social Sciences, European Humanities University (Vilnius) 2015.

Nikita Potapenko

Gonzo-urbanist, crypto-flaneur, psycho-geographer, talking head. Minsk State Linguistic University 2001.

Hanna Salivon

Architect, urban passivist

Liudmila Slivinskaya

Project Manager, MA Political Science, Belarusian State University (Minsk) 2012.

Nasta Tulayeva

Student, Faculty of Architecture, Belarusian National Technical University. EASA National contact for Belarus (2016 – present), head of Belarusian Architecture Students Association (2016 – present).

Igor Fedjushkin

Sociologist, urbanist, media editor. BA Visual and Cultural Studies, MA Social Sciences, European Humanities University (Vilnius).

Nadzeya Tsaranok

Architect, Faculty of Architecture, Belarusian National Technical University (Minsk).

Lizaveta Chepikova

Student, Faculty of Architecture, Belarusian National Technical University, INDESEM 2017 (International Design Seminar), Summer School 2017 (Laboratory of Сritical Urbanism, EHU)

Ilona Elyashevich

Architect, urbanist, MA, Faculty of Architecture, Belarusian National Technical University (2016), Lecturer at the Department of Urban Planning, BNTU.

Our Projects

Minsk Urban Forum

Minsk Urban Forum 2017 “City as a Process” hosted an urban planning workshop, discussions, presentations and series of lectures by urban experts from Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Ukraine and Russia. The speakers touched upon the wide range of issues related to urban development, such as strategic planning, citizens’ participation and integrated redevelopment of urban areas. We presented our projects “Alternative Courtyard” in Serebrjanka and park regeneration in Kotovka, and celebrated the Car-free Day with an open discussion of an alternative tram scheme for Minsk. The Forum Workshop resulted in an alternative design project for redevelopment of Proletarskaya district.

Alternative Yard in Sierabranka

What courtyard do you want: crowded with cars or filled with trees and greenery, playground only for children or inclusive space for all ages? We ask citizens to step in and make the courtyard of their dream. To do that we employ various approaches to facilitate participation of citizens in decision-making process. Informal meetings and presentations, interactive games and discussions help us to extract the citizens’ vision of their courtyard and build our proposed long-term development scenarios for this space on it. There’s more to come: in cooperation with business, city administration and local residents we implement the first stage of transformation.

Urban Design

How to transform a typical post-soviet housing block? Could it become an enjoyable environment for work and leisure, walking and shopping? Our Summer School for architecture students collected field data and created designs to transform  generic spaces of housing blocks working with the case of Sierabranka district of Minsk.

Alternative Yard in Autazavod

Following long-term study and numerous meetings with local residents we implemented the first stage of transformation of one of the courtyards in the industrial part of the city. Unusual playground with benches appeared in 2015 as designed by the very citizens and via their direct participation. It was the first stone to create a safe traffic-free and friendly environment essential to build strong neighbour connections and revive a feeling of common belonging to the place.

Map of Urban Initiatives

This map is a tool for collecting and analyzing methods and cases of participatory urbanism. A map is instrumental in identifying the types of urban problems and methods of solutions, which are developed in different regions. So it serves as an analytical tool. It is also a networking tool, helpful in exchanging the information on ongoing initiatives in the region. Therefore we invite every active urbanist to contribute into this growing map, by publishing the profiles of their initiatives and links to their sites.

Minsk Urban Festival 2014

Mission of the Festival was to promote urban studies and urban thinking as specific approach and field of actions towards the city. During the week-long event we discussed a great variety of multiple approaches on interaction with urban space and initiatives applying such approaches for their actions. Six thematic sections were covered during lectures, workshops and roundtable discussions: city and environmental protection; public spaces and communities; urban mobility; urban planning and regional urban development; media and the city; place branding.

Sesam 2016 Terra Incognita

Spring architecture school SESAM 2016 Terra Incognita was dedicated to the research of Minsk visual and mental codes. Participants were expected to find and express their external perception of Minsk using such tools as photo, video, graphic and digital design. As a result of workshops, we saw a variety of media products such as photo and video presentations, posters, video clips, short movies etc., which showed the perception of the city code.