Invitation: Seminar on Sustainable Urban Development in Minsk, 26 November

Dear Swedish Institute Alumni,

This autumn SI continues to work with local alumni activities in Belarus, in an effort to build new and strengthen already existing professional contact networks between former scholarship and grant holders of the Swedish Institute.

Several activities and get-together have already taken place; and on November 26, at 18.00 located at Gallery of contemporary art «Ў» in Minsk, our alumnus Aleh Kliatsko (presently PhD scholar at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm) will hold a thematic seminar on Sustainable Urban Development. This networking workshop with presentations and topic-related discussions in break-out sessions in small groups, where different ideas and aspects of Sustainable City Development from different points of view and research perspectives will be discussed.

The main speaker for the Alumni event: Vera Sysoyeva from Urban Planning Department, Faculty of Architecture, Belarusian National Technical University, Minsk. She was involved in the Project “New Urban Topologies” (NUT). NUT was founded by Swedish Institute and continues to be a pioneer project when it comes to creating dialogue on urban development. Färgfabriken (a Swedish center for contemporary art and architecture) and Gallery of contemporary art «Ў» in Minsk were involved very much in this project.

New Urban Topologies. The Chisinau and Minsk Experience” investigates, elaborates, and develops themes that are central to Belarusian and Swedish society as well. Cities and urban culture are not only about physical planning —they also touch on issues such as transparency, democratic processes, social and environmental sustainability, and cultural development and identity. By bringing together artists, architects, city planners, opinion-makers, civil servants, and decision-makers in Sweden, Moldova and Belarus, exciting new ideas and visions have surfaced during NUT project.

Environmentally certified neighbourhood, Stockholm

Come to get to know more about NUT project from Vera Sysoyeva. At the same time this Alumni event is to establish new contacts and meet new friends among former and maybe new scholarship holders.

After the workshop – Mingle – food, snacks will be served.

Since the number of places is limited, please sign up to the event here:

You are very welcome on Tuesday, 26 November 2013, starting from 18:00 at Gallery of contemporary art «Ў» Minsk; Niezaliežnasci ave., 37а (metro station: Victory Square).