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Maxim Rosenfeld, an architect from Kharkiv.
Michail Kantorovich

Ukraine’s ‘Wild West’: Rebuilding a ‘new’ Kharkiv during an invasion

The Ukrainian city of Kharkiv had just survived another missile attack in the spring of 2022 following Russia’s full-scale invasion, when historian, architect, and documentary filmmaker Maxim Rosenfeld stood in the penthouse of a ruined office building, presenting his concept for a new urban landscape after a UN-supported team of international and local architects adopted his vision.

Transform our world by transforming cities: UN chief

Transforming the world “for the better” means transforming our towns and cities through sustainable development and planning.

That’s according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, opening the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, and urging governments at all levels to work on implementing the so-called New Urban Agenda.

The agenda being adopted this week sets new standards moving forward and is designed to rethink how the fast-growing urban population lives sustainably.

Matthew Wells is in Quito and filed this report.

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