From Kyiv with Love


The collective is the non-governmental organisation from Kyiv, who aims to work with different stakeholders as communities, citizens, government, experts to research the city. It’s members are from very different disciplines and unite in their work architecture, urbanism and art. In it’s projects and tasks MistoDiya practices different methodologies and approaches such as Participatory Action Research, artistic and urban interventions, educational workshops and participatory planning.

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Anna Dobrova
She is an urbanist and architect from Kyiv. She graduated from the Technical University of Vienna with the focus on participatory approaches in research and architecture. Having an architectural background she often works with the public space and people, who use it. Currently lives in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine.

Dmytro Isaiev
He is an architect from Kyiv. He has studied Studio Kazuyo Sejima (SANAA) in the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. His architectural practice is based on the context-oriented approach, on respectful attitude towards nature and local communities. Currently lives in Kyiv and Vienna.

Oleksandr Burlaka
He is an artist and architect, working in installation, photography, and exhibitional displays and co-founder and member of Hudrada (»Creative Committee« in Ukrainian), a curatorial and activist interdisciplinary group. Lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine

Alex Bykov
He is an architect. Besides architectural design Alex also engaged in architectural scientific – research activities. He also worked as a photographer and architectural journalist in professional journals.
Together with E. Gubkina, he is currently working on the book “Soviet Modernism, Brutalism, Post-Modernism Architecture in Ukraine” and the issue of the magazine “5.6” dedicated to contemporary Ukrainian Architectural Photography.
He is author and conductor of his own radio program “Supervision”.

From Kyiv with Love

The architectural situation in Ukrainian cities is not that different from many other post-socialist cities. Developers derive profit from the urban landscape with their high-rise low-quality living blocks and the mass housing heritage slowly dying out without modernization and become more and more self-developed by the residents and adapted to their new needs.
Three projects giving a slight glance on the situation in Kyiv from the history of its architecture; through the social life investigated through the participatory practices in one part of Kyiv; to the visual research of one significant architectural element – balcony.

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curators: MistoDiya collective (Dmytro Isaiev, Anna Dobrova)
projects and authors : Kyivmiskbud by Alex Bykov (Digital print, Postcards); To the Table! by Anna Dobrova (Film); Balkonien by Oleksandr Burlaka (Digital print)