From 27 January till 1 February, the Kharkiv School of Architecture conducted the Cherkasy Zoo workshop. During the event, several teams shared their perspectives on re-thinking the future of the Cherkasy Zoo and created a concept for its public space development. The project also focused on developing the relations between the animals and the visitors and creating a comfortable and exciting environment for extended visits to the Zoo. The workshop participants discussed the Zoo’s importance for the city, the possible and the appropriate attitude towards the animals, the type of public space represented by the Zoo, and the Zoo’s future.
The workshop pursued the following objectives: to draft a concept for developing the Zoo’s public space with the entrance group as its core; to shape a functional programme for the Zoo’s public space; to discover the Zoo’s place within the park and the city; to consider its transportation structure and traffic; to propose a preliminary solution for the entrance group volume and the spatial solution for the Zoo’s public space structure.
Fulco Treffers, Dutch architect and urban researcher, founder of 12N Urban Matters studio
Evert Verhagen, Dutch urbanist, founder of the Creative Cities agency and the Reuse BV company
Marjo van Schaik, project manager, strategic adviser, head of management programmes
Yevhenii Van, Director of the Cherkasy Zoo, co-founder of the Animal Lovers’ Club at the Nature Conservation Association
Yevhenii Kiosia, senior lecturer at the Genetics and Cytology Department, Kharkiv Karazin National University, head of the Young Biologists’ Society at the Kharkiv Zoo
The workshop results included a new traffic scenario for the Zoo; placing a new recreation zone with a cafe in the previously unused part of the Zoo; transforming old animal cages into public space; incorporating conference halls into the entrance group premises; creating installations to encourage more visits; and conducting interventions of specific Zoo units in the city parks.
Follow the link to see the workshop results.
The workshop was conducted in partnership with the architectural office Project 7 and the Cherkasy Zoo and sponsored by ROSHEN Corporation.