In April, 2022 Victoria Yakusha, the chief architect and founder of Yakusha Studio initiated the concept for the redevelopment of Chernihiv.
Chernihiv is one of the oldest cities in Ukraine, with a history dating back more than 1300 years. Its unique historical heritage includes monuments from the 11th to 13th centuries, buildings from the Cossack period and Ukrainian modernism.
Since the beginning of the russian invasion of Ukraine, the city near the belarus border has been blockaded for more than a month, under constant shelling. Many objects of heritage have been damaged, as well as residential buildings and infrastructure.
Together with volunteers from all over Ukraine, Yakusha team has analyzed the city's destruction, its safety, historical and cultural heritage. The work was centered around the city's master plan and architectural code including issues of pedestrian and transport infrastructure, landscaping, energy efficiency, sport, cultural and educational centers.
Victoria Yakusha comments: "We should rebuild our cities holistically — understanding the DNA, the essence of the city."
The core concept was defined as
"Chernihiv — a sustainable city".
Combining the city's strengths — stoic spirit, historical wealth, and ecology — the project aims to preserve the historical, cultural and natural heritage and unlock the potential for Chernihiv's development as a historical and ecological center of Ukraine.