Tbilisi architecture biennial

Exclamatory Commonality in Contemporary Ukrainian Development

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05.11.20

Each city is a construction. Each city is in construction.


Some cities have blueprints. Some cities have no blueprint. Some cities peek at another city’s blueprint, and then avert their eyes the moment that other city begins to suspect their plan is being peeked at. Some cities can’t stop staring, forgetting that they have their own city to run and shouldn’t waste the whole work day admiring another city. Some cities don’t know where to look. Some cities only look at themselves. Some cities fixate on pictures of themselves when they were younger and the wrinkles on their face had yet to pronounce themselves.


Most cities do a combination of the above. Ukraine’s cities are no exception. Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv, and company are cycling through approaches at pace. In the process, commonality is being channeled, costumed, and contracted. 


The character of commonality in Ukrainian cities is exclamatory, enunciating itself in the titles of business towers, clubhouses, cafes, and living complexes. This propulsion towards incantation inspires this paper, which encounters ego and expanse in the projects of two property development firms and a supporting cast of consequential ventures.


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