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. 

YEAR: 2022
Location: Chernihiv

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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." 

To reposition the city and explain in one word what Chernihiv is about, the word "RESILIENT" was chosen, which combines the past, present and future of Chernihiv:

Resilience is about a 1,300-year history.

Resilience is about sustainable development, without which no modern European city, built around a person who is a part of nature, is possible.​

Resilience is about the indomitable spirit of Chernihiv residents who managed to resist enemies, protect their hometown and support others during the blockade. It is about the motivation to work on the development of the city now.

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.

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