What does a comfortable city look like?

What does a comfortable city look like?

Past few years, residential complexes in Kyiv have become to the scale and bulkiness. Despite the fact that RC comfort- and business-class predominate in the structure of the offer of the primary residential real estate market in Kyiv, which presupposes a developed infrastructure, the factor of human rest is not always taken into account in most of the complexes. The reason is very clear and pragmatic – the developers are trying to squeeze the maximum out of their site – maximum floors, maximum areas, maximum apartments.

When the number of such large projects increases by 40-50%, we are waiting for not only the transport collapse and the inability of the infrastructure to withstand such a load, but also the reluctance of people to buy apartments in such inefficient complexes in terms of quality of life. The pursuit of square meters will sooner or later play a cruel joke with developers. We often gloat over khrushchivky and panels. But tell me, the better a large part of today’s residential complexes? Beautiful facade, which is actually most often just painted foam?

There is such a thing as smart building, which assumes that the residential part is necessarily accompanied by minimal maintenance. Thus, people living in the complex do not need to go beyond it to get an elementary set of services, go shopping or have fun. As a result – free roads, no traffic jams, and most importantly, the comfort of life. In this city, people live comfortably.

The paradox is that, despite all the mockery of Soviet architecture, there were previously designed neighborhoods in which the number of schools, kindergartens, and green areas were calculated. For example, a working mother did not have to think where to send a child if all schools and kindergartens are overflowing. Yes, today we no longer build standard projects, and every architect is trying to stand out and show how cool he is.

But modern buildings are often not in context, not commensurate with the location in which they are located, do not match the landscape and landscape, but most importantly – not comfortable. Unfortunately, in Ukraine it is very rare to think about how a new object will affect the environment and fit into the existing architectural ensemble.

For me, the reference city is Munich. There are no residential buildings above 8 floors, and the sensations are a lot of air and greenery. We also have solid asphalt, huge, weighty buildings, drafts and shrunken lawns. My vision is to create an ideal city with us, it is necessary not to enter the existing building, but to build it from scratch in a uniform format and in collaboration with the market, when everyone will work for each other, and not crush each other. I believe that this is a realizable reality, and not just a fantasy of a unicorn.

Veronika Dzyba, architect of the development company DC Evolution

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